Deciding on the Best Window Crank Knob Replacement
According to Hyundai Product Development Manager Tim Benner, crank windows are "a dying breed." Nonetheless, the Korean automaker still produces entry-level cars with the window feature because a portion of the market still prefers manual over power windows. This is enough proof that the crank windows are still alive in the automaking and aftermarket industries. So if you have your window crank-most especially the crank knob-broken, there is no need to fret. There is still a lot of replacement parts available online. Below are some points that will help you in deciding the best kind of window crank knob for your car.
To set or not to set
Selling in sets is one of the common trends among online sellers of aftermarket crank knobs. You might find that there are more window crank knob sets available than those that are being sold individually. With this, you need to consider the budget you are working on because there is a large difference between buying a single crank knob (around $7) and buying a whole set of knobs (around $80).
Another consideration is whether you will actually be needing the other knobs in the set. A whole set is most likely to have only a couple of window crank knobs. Aside from these components, it would have other knobs for parts such as cigar lighters, heater blowers, headlight knobs, turn signal levers, radio knobs, and air vents.
Smooth vs. knurled
Design and appearance are also major considerations in buying a new window crank knob. If you are resolved in getting exactly the same knob that you are replacing, then there are no issues to settle. Otherwise, you must be aware that there is a wide range of colors and materials that you can choose from. Additionally, you should decide whether you want a smooth or a knurled window crank knob. A smooth knob expresses class and is better for vintage vehicles. A knurled knob, on the other hand, provides better grip for maximized manual window rolls.
Replacing a Window Crank Knob
The window crank knob is a very tiny part of the whole car. Despite this, it proves to be a useful tool for everyone by giving the control of the windows to the passengers. Also, this tiny bit adds a touch of personality to the car. And, since it is one of the most utilized functions of a vehicle, window crank knobs are very likely to be broken or damaged. Good news is that the replacement of this part is neither time- nor budget-consuming at all. As a matter of fact, anyone can replace this small part in just a matter of minutes. Following are simple steps in removing the old and installing the new window crank knobs.
Difficulty level: Easy
- Hand towel or window handle removal tool
Step 1: Set the tools needed. A window handle removal tool is a cheap tool that can make the process easier. Nonetheless, a hand towel will work just fine.
Step 2: Prepare the new window crank knob, together with the washer and the pin.
Step 3: Open the door where you are replacing the window crank knob.
Step 4: Roll the manual window of the door all the way up.
Step 5: Take note of the position of the crank when the window is fully rolled up.
Step 6: If you are using the window handle removal tool, simply slip the tool between the crank handle and the door and push firmly.
Step 7: If you are using the hand towel, slip its edge between the crank handle and door and push it back and forth.
Step 8: Using either method, a U-shaped clip will come off. Pay attention to when the clip goes off. Set it aside as it might get lost.
Step 9: With the clip out, pull the whole handle from the door.
Step 10: To avoid mess, move to a flat surface where you can lay down the tools and supplies.
Step 11: Inspect the window crank handle. You will notice that a screw is attaching the crank knob to the handle.
Step 12: Using a screwdriver, remove the old window crank knob.
Step 13: With the washer already inserted to the crank knob, secure it to the window crank handle. Note that it does not have to be too fit so as to give enough space for it to roll.
Step 14: Snap the U-shaped clip back into the window crank handle.
Step 15: Push the handle back onto the door with the same position as noted before it was taken out.
Step 16: Give your new window crank knob a try by rolling the window up and down.