Main Causes of a Broken Jeep Wrangler Window Handle
It isn't unusual for an adventurous vehicle like the Jeep Wrangler to have its parts break or fail. The exterior, frame, and suspension are among the most vulnerable as these take a large amount of abuse when the Jeep is driven for wild outdoor treks. However, it's a little surprising if an interior accessory like the window handles come off. If you find that the ones on your Wrangler suddenly need replacement, it's usually caused by various factors that could've been avoided in the first place. Here are some of the main causes for broken window handles:
The handles easily fall away from the door panel.
Handles fall off the inner door panel due to different factors such as when these are over cranked or when the doors are slammed. Mechanically speaking, this happens because of a missing or broken retaining clip. This small plastic clip is the only item that holds the handle the door and the components responsible for raising and lowering the window together. Sometimes, you can get this small clip serviced for a fraction of the cost of replacing the whole handle.
The handle's angle is awkward when window is closed.
When your windows are fully closed, the handles assume and constantly stay at a certain angle. It's preferable that any part of your leg closest to the door doesn't hit the cranks when it's in this position. If it does, not only would this be uncomfortable for you and your passengers, it also puts too much stress on the handles. All this is caused by the same clip mentioned beforehand. You can adjust and turn this around to reconfigure the angle the cranks are at when the windows are fully closed.
The window is hard to raise and lower.
Manual windows need handles so that the glasses can be raised and lowered. If doing this is unusually difficult, you are prone to using too much force to crank the assemblies. This could result to breaking any of the handles. Dirty and ungreased assemblies are to blame for this. Also, cold weather usually makes adjusting the windows' height harder.