Window Guide: How to Replace It
You may not be able to enjoy the outside view from your ride, if there is no part of your window that keeps it steady. So a big thanks to your window guide! It helps the window glass to be secure, and it also seals the window every time it is closed. So if it deteriorates, the best thing to do is to replace it. By following these steps, you will surely end up with a new and efficient window guide:
Difficulty level: Moderate
Things you'll need:
- Rivet gun
- New window guide
Step 1: You must first disconnect the negative ground cable from the battery terminal by opening your vehicle's hood. A wrench can help the cable to be disconnected. This can help you to avoid any electrical problems or possible shocks.
Step 2: Remove the door's window control of your vehicle in different ways. For a vehicle with a manually operated window, you must detach the clips of the control on the back of its crank. On the other hand, you must make use of your window's trim stick in order to take off the control switch plate. Afterwards, the wiring of the automatically operated window can be disabled.
Step 3: With the help of a screwdriver, loosen up and remove the mounting screws of the window. After that, eliminate the bezels of your window's trim panel.
Step 4: Using the trim stick all along the edges, disconnect the trim panel of your window from the vehicle's door.
Step 5: You may now gain access to the glass of the window after detaching the panel. With the help of the screwdriver once again, loosen up and remove the screws that fasten the glass to your window guide.
Step 6: Once all the screws of the window glass are located and removed, you may now pull it carefully from your vehicle's door. Store it in a safe area to keep it ready for reinstallation.
Step 7: You can now remove your old window guide. To do this, loosen and take off its mounting bolts with the help of a wrench. If you encounter riveted bolts, make use of a rivet gun carefully in order to pierce them out of your window guide.
Step 8: Take out the old window guide away from your vehicle by sliding it through the access hole of the door.
Step 9: This is the time to attach your new window guide. Secure it properly with the help of a wrench for the bolts, or a rivet gun to fasten the rivets back into place. It all depends on the type of your new window guide.
Step 10: Reinstall the other components that you have removed in reverse order. Reattach the window glass, which you have stored earlier, back in its original place with its mounting screws.
Step 11: Return the trim panel of your window as well with the help of the screwdriver. Make sure that all its bolts and screws are properly secured.
Step 12: You may now reconnect the negative battery cable to the battery terminal with the help of the wrench once again.
Step 13: Determine the efficiency of your new window guide by means of moving your vehicle's window for several times.