Vehicle owners often overlook damaged glass door when the damage seems to be minimal. However, the importance of repairing or replacing broken or chipped windows should not be postponed or ignored. Damaged glass can hinder vision, leading to errors of judgment and accidents. Spider cracks or splinters exposed can cause injury if touched with bare hands.
In addition, the condition of the car’s glass in your vehicle raises instant value considerations when it is sold or traded in the vehicle. Even though it takes time and defiance, the owner of the average vehicle can repair or replace his own windows if he follows a precise one and uses the right tools.
- Clean, undamaged windows provide clear visibility.
- Set the vehicle in the parking lot and set the emergency brake. If you have power windows, run the damaged window down to the bottom position.
- Disconnect the negative terminal of the battery.
- Spread a tarp on the floor under the door frame
- Safety gloves protect hands when handling broken glass.
- Remove all broken glass from the frame with pliers and a screwdriver. Wear gloves while removing the glass. Be careful not to damage the felt or rubber window guide slots.
- Sit under the open door and use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the armrest and casing door handle from inside the door panel. Use a horseshoe-shaped door handle remover to eliminate spline-type cranks.
- Pry loose or unscrew the switch panel and disconnect the electrical connector on the back.
- Use the appropriate intakes to remove door panels.
- Using the proper socket, remove the door panel mounting bolts through the door handle and change panel access holes. Remove the push-lock screw knobs (if you have it).
- Unfasten the door panel by wedging the door panel removal tool in the seam frame to encircle the retaining clips. Pry the bottom and work around both sides until you reach the top. Pull the panel free and keep it in reserve.
- Pull the protective plastic roof of the panel.
- Empty all the glass from the bottom of the door panel.
- Locate the window guide rails on both sides of the window. Use a tube to loosen the frames and gently pry outward (this will loosen the glass panel). Pull the plastic clips free from the edges of the window and mark their locations exactly.
- Lift the damaged glass sheet up and out of its upper slot (if you left the damaged window intact). If you have removed the window completely, guide the new window through the slot, carefully aligning with the support rails.
Reinstall the plastic clamps.
Seat the new window in the lower support frame and carefully push the side rails back into the edges of the window.
Holding the rails in place, screw them back into their mounting holes. Do one side at a time, which makes the window level.
Reconnect the battery and run the window up, making sure the tracks run smoothly. Adjust if necessary. If the window has a crank, use it in the same way. Disconnect the battery.
Reassemble the door parts in the reverse order that they were disassembled (glue the protective roof again, reconnect the switch panel connector, fit the door panel into its fasteners, secure the screws From the door panel, reinstall the switch panel and the rest arm, and fit the door and window cranks back into their shafts (if the window is equipped with manual cranks).
Open the window repair kit and follow the instructions in the letter. Place the adhesive patch on the crack or chip and place the pedestal of the syringe on it.
Mix the chemicals according to the instructions and load the syringe. Press the plunger to the prescribed line. Pull the plunger up in the vacuum position and let stand for five minutes.
Repeat the vacuum and pressure steps according to the instructions, waiting for the time intervals between the recommended steps. Leave the syringe and assemble attached and leave set for four hours.
Remove the syringe, assembly and adhesive from the patch. Clean.
Tips and warnings
- An assistant can help you align your new window.
- Replace the screws and the screw in the exact order in which they were removed.
- Always wear gloves when working with broken glass.