How to Fix a Broken Window Roller
If your car doesn't have electric windows, then a broken and/or damaged window roller can be one of your problems over time. The good news is, fixing them is not as difficult as it seem. You don't even need a lot of tools for this DIY job. Good needle nose pliers will do the trick. Here's how you can easily disengage and install your window rollers.
Difficulty level: Easy
What you'll need:
- Needle pliers
- Rubber Gloves
- New Window cranks/rollers
Step 1: Prepare all the materials and tools needed. Make sure to find the perfect replacement for your vehicle's window rollers. There are lots of available window rollers at your favorite auto parts store. You may also search online for other options. Check if the rollers come with a clip. You'll need it later on.
Step 2: Try rolling up your window all the way up by using the old window roller. Use an adjustable wrench to roll it up if the crank is really in bad shape.
Step 3: Start removing the old window roller. If the broken roller is still attached to the door, you might be able to remove it by using needle pliers. You will a find a clip at the back of the roller. Carefully pull the clip using the needle nosed pliers. You will be able to remove the clip easily, but if you find it hard removing it using the pliers, you might need to go to your nearest auto parts store to get a special tool. Then right after removing the clip, you can now slide the crank right off the shaft.
Step 4: Be ready with your new replacement window roller. Do not forget to secure the clip that comes with it, especially when it's not yet installed in the roller. If it happened that the clip is not yet installed, just carefully squeeze the clip and slip it into the handle. It will automatically lock itself in.
Step 5: Check the shaft sticking out the door. You will notice that there is a groove or spline around the shaft. The clip that you just installed will just slip into that spline. It will then lock your handle in.
Step 6: By rolling up the window earlier, you will be able to position the new roller correctly. It usually falls on a 2 o'clock position. You need to position the new roller first before installing it to prevent you from reinstalling it.
Step 7: Carefully press the new roller (with the handle positioned at the 2 o'clock position) onto the shaft. Be careful not to break the handle. Carefully do this by jiggling and putting on some elbow grease to make it easier to slip on. Do this until you feel that the clip is already locked into the spline.
The whole process will just take you an hour or less. You can opt to replace the other rollers by repeating the steps. This is a very easy DIY job that you need to learn to avoid expensive repairs.