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Replace Your Car's Window Glass Yourself

You do not want to drive around with broken or cracked window glass. It wouldn't just be hard to see, but you're placing yourself and other people at added risk should it suddenly break apart and send shard flying everywhere. Contrary to popular belief, you can easily replace your vehicle's window glass at home. It's a simple do-it-yourself job that requires only a bit of your time along with a couple of basic tools. You don't have to visit your local mechanic. Just read on and replace your window glass with our handy guide.

Required skill level: Intermediate

Needed tools and materials

  • Utility gloves

  • Safety eye wear

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Wrench

  • Replacement window glass
  • Take out your car's door panel

    Removing door panels can vary from vehicle to vehicle, so it's best to consult your car's manual to find out how you could remove yours properly. Generally, all you'll need to do is use your Phillips screwdriver to remove screws that are securing your doors arm rest, speakers, and the panel itself. Some doors may have hidden tabs that you'll need to pry out. Be careful when popping tabs and grommets open as you don't want to damage them with excessive force.

    Removing a shattered window

    If you are replacing your vehicle's shattered mirror, then make sure that you get rid of all the shards by using a small hand vacuum to pick up the small pieces of glass. You might even need to break small parts of the glass if they've become stuck in place. Use a small hammer or an auto emergency tool to break the glass safely.

    Removing an intact window

    If your car's window is still intact, then you simply have to pull it out from its mount. Simply slide your window up from the outside at midpoint and carefully bend it as you pull it up off the top.

    Installing replacement window glass

    Find the clip inside the window crank threshold (it's a large hole inside the center of your door) and remove it by loosening its bold using a small wrench. From here, you'll simply have to slide the replacement window glass into place. Reattach the clip and tighten its bolt securely into place. Simply reattach your door panel and all of the other components and you are done!