How to Replace a Driver Side Window

January 27, 2012

Here are the tools, materials and a few steps to help you replace a driver side window. When a driver side window becomes cracked it must be replaced right away. A cracked or damaged window is more likely to shatter and cause injury to the driver or any passenger.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Replacement Window
  • Screwdriver
  • Trim Stick
  • Cloth Rag
  • Hex Wrench

Step 1: Disconnect the Battery

The negative cable on the car's battery should be disconnected before commencing with the window replacement. This will keep you from shorting any electrical systems while working on the car window, since it is more than likely an electronic window that opens automatically.

Step 2: Remove the Window Controls and Trim Cover

Using the plastic trim stick, pry the window control panel away from the trim cover and disconnect the window controls. Use a screwdriver to remove the trim cover and door panels from the door in order to gain access to the window. Be careful not to force any screws that are difficult to remove. Put some 3-in-1 oil or liquid wrench to lubricate the screw before using the screwdriver.

Step 3: Remove the Glass

Carefully remove the cracked glass by removing the watershield and plate holding the window in place. You will also need to remove the window regulator, which is the control for the window. The regulator is held in place with hex bolts; use the hex wrench to remove the bolts and regulator. Once this has been completed, carefully lift the glass up and away from the window.

Step 4: Replace the Glass

Place the replacement glass into the door, carefully lowering it into place. You need to make sure that the glass is placed properly on track and secure it in place on the mounting plate. Reattach the window regulator and test the window by reconnecting the battery cable in order to make sure that it is in the proper location.

Step 5: Reattach Door Trim and Control

Secure the door trim and reconnect the window control. Make sure that all screws are properly replaced and secure and test the window again, checking to see that it is properly seated and working correctly. You have completed the replacement of the driver side window.

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