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Quick temporary fix for a missing or broken car windows

Posted by [email protected] on November 3, 2012 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (9)

Note: For obvious safety reasons, this method is only recommended for side windows, not windshields or rear windows.


DO NOT USE DUCT TAPE ON PAINTED SURFACES OR ON GLASS. IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO CLEAN THE RESIDUAL ADHESIVE WHEN IT IS REMOVED.  If you do use duct tape, you may need to try more than one method such as rubbing alcohol, WD40, or Goo Gone.  However, in order to achieve full success... Perseverance and patience are key factors in getting this mess off your car.

 


Materials


A roll of clear (no string running through it) packing tape. A towel or something with which to wipe dust off the door. Masking tape to protect the paint. Paper or similar material may be used for some parts, but masking tape will be needed to seal the bottom of your "window." An assistant. I've done this alone, but a second person helping with the placement of the tape makes things go much more quickly and smoothly.


Preparing to quick-fix a broken car window.


Open the door and wipe as much dust as possible from the part of the door's edge that is not visible when it is closed, as well as from the painted area around the window frame. If weather permits, you can use water to speed this up, but make certain the surface is dry before proceeding to the next step. Run a length of masking tape two finger-widths wide along the bottom of the window frame and stretching the entire width of the door. Cover all painted portions of the door above the length of masking tape with masking tape. Paper or other non-adhesive material can be used by placing it against the door as the packing tape is applied in later steps.


Applying the tape inside the car.


Take a strip of packing tape that is approximately a hand's width longer than the door is wide and run it along the length of the two finger-widths masking tape you placed at the bottom of the window frame, covering most or all of it. Keep the tape as taught as possible as you apply it. If there is a side-view mirror, run the tape around it, avoiding gaps as much as possible. Secure the strip at both ends by pressing the ends firmly into the part of the edge of the door that cannot be seen when it is closed. Taking another strip of similar length, go up slightly higher than the last strip, and place it so that the bottom edge of the second strip overlaps the top of the first strip by approximately one finger-width. Repeat the last step all the way up the door, remembering to make the pieces as taught as possible, as the less give there is to the tape, the less noisy and more durable it will be. At the top of the door, run a final piece of tape across the top edge that makes contact both with the last strip you placed and the top edge that cannot be seen when the door is closed. This will help to seal against leakage. If there was a mirror you had to work around, take pieces of tape 3-4 inches long and cover any hole between the mirror and the tape "window." Too much slack in the window will create excess noise while driving, and going around a mirror will create slack. Find any points where there is too much slack in the window and pinch them to tighten-up the surface.


Fixing a broken window: inside the car.


This can be accomplished with the door open or closed, but open will give you more room to work with. The goal is to create a complimentary layer on the inside of the tape window that runs from the top to the bottom (as opposed to the left-to-right method for the outside layer). Move carefully and slowly for this portion. You are sticking adhesive to adhesive, so if you get it wrong, it can be difficult to pull the tape off and restart. The tape can make contact with the interior surface of the car door if you wish, but that is not needed. The point is to cover the interior of the window so that dust. dirt and passengers do not become stuck to it, so overlapping is only need to the extent it prevents gaps between pieces of tape. This will make the window stronger as well. Extra attention should be given to sealing the area around any side-view mirror.


If portions of the window glass remain, instead of doing the inside layer as described above, you can simply do it in the same manner as the outside layer, thereby leaving a gap between the two layers and effectively sealing-in any loose or broken glass.


If your car is the type that you are more likely to replace it than the window because a new window would cost more than the value of the car, save yourself some hassle and skip the masking tape.:)


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Chrysler Sebring Convertibles Rear Door Power Window Repair

Posted by [email protected] on October 31, 2012 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Chrysler Sebring convertibles have a common problem of rear quarter power window regulators failing. The window will typically stop 1/2 or 3/4′s of the way up at the worst possible moment  – i.e. when the the convertible top and windows are going up due to a torrential downpour! Kidding aside the rear windows on these cars do have a lot of problems.


The Sebring has a particular weak point in the quarter window regulator, they were either designed horribly… or were designed to last until out of warranty, I’m not sure which. The pulley has grooves that keeps the cable separated.

 

When the grooves wear the cable rubs and wears causing frayed pieces to tangle and bunch up. Removing the regulators is the easy part, switching the power window motor over to the new regulator, loading the cable onto the pulley and routing the cable around the spools is very difficult. I would not consider this a DIY (Do It Yourselfer) job – so there it is fair warning.

 

This 2003 Chrysler Sebring needed two quarter window repairs

With the the top down to allow more room to work, the rear seat pops out easily by lifting up on the front and pulling it on out. Use a trim stick to remove the speaker grills. There are Phillips screws behind the speaker grill and one screw on-top to the trim panel. After those screws are removed a trim stick is used to pry the quarter trim panel away from the inner body. Unplug the speaker once the panel can be pulled away. Make sure the white trim fasteners stay attached to the panel for proper re-installation later.

 

The nuts are easy to find with the panel out of the way

Unplug the window motor and remove the 3 securing nuts holding the quarter window regulator - DO NOT try to loosen Allen’s, those are the window adjustments. Once the regulator is at this point, pull up on the assembly making sure the mounting studs don’t get caught on the sheet metal cut-outs of the uni-body.

 

These regulators are beefy - it’s a shame the pulleys aren’t stronger

With the old and new regulators laid out on a work area, unbolt the window and lay it to the side. Resist the temptation to clean it! The dirt on the the bottom of the window will be a reference for positioning it onto the new regulator.

 

The mounts position is clearly marked

 

Another key part of this job is matching the window adjustments on the new regulator with the old one. It’s a common mistake to just switch the motor and window over, then install it without thinking about adjusting the angles. An easy way to use a feeler gauge to check the depth of adjustments on the old regulator and make it the same on the new one for each respective position. Check the gap (or depth) with a feeler gauge like shown in the picture above. Adjust all three positions with an Allen wrench or socket before proceeding. There are two slotted adjustments not pictured that will need to be tightened using the old regulator for positioning reference.


When switching the window motor over, try not to let the cable come off the main pulley – if it does it can be put back on, but it’s a bear. Once the motor is switched and the previous steps are followed, it’s time to put it all back together in reverse order.

Tools used on this repair


Makita drill and flashlight Trim stick Allen sockets Metric sockets Feeler gauge


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BMW 745Li Window Reset

Posted by [email protected] on October 1, 2012 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (2)

This is how to re-initialise the power windows :

 

1) Start the Car.

2) Roll down the window all the way to the bottom on the "defective" window using that windows own button not the driver's one (the window wants to stop every xx inches, keep making it go down all the way)

3) Release the window switch

4) Push and hold down the switch for EXACTLY 17 seconds (17 SECONDS IS CRITICAL)

5) After 17 seconds immediatly pull and HOLD up the switch to roll the window up.

6) While still holding up the button, the window should travel all the way up to the top, then travel all the way down again , and finally all the way up once more.

 

After step 6 the window was functioning normally again :)


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When you should use rebuilt used parts

Posted by [email protected] on August 24, 2012 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

You might be surprised to find that the only thing you are buying with a rebuilt auto part is the warranty.  The extent of some rebuilt auto parts is only a good cleaning of the auto part and maybe some fresh paint. This makes it look new. If it is found that some of the replaceable components should last the length of the warranty, then they may not necessarily be replaced.  YOU SHOULD EXPECT TO SAVE 50-60% of the total repair bill when using used or rebuilt part verus a new part repair.


Rebuilt & used auto parts are the cheapest fix, but they are also the most unreliable. This is due to the fact that a part may have been sitting inactive for an undisclosed period of time. During this period of inactivity, the potential for corrosion is high. Some used auto parts, electrical [window motors] is one for example, are more prone to corrosion damage as contacts and bearings are typically the first things to suffer. Rebuilt and used auto parts may also have an unknown amount of mileage.


The general consensus is to stay away from rebuilt or used auto parts unless you can not find a NEW part because your car has reached the age that it is not service by the dealer or aftermarket.  



The beauty of NEW original equipment or aftermarket auto parts is that you know exactly what you are getting – new components, competitive warranties, and direct replacement parts that match the exact specifications of your vehicle.



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The Benefits of Using a Mobile Mechanic

Posted by [email protected] on August 16, 2012 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

There are benefits to using a mobile mechanic when it’s time to repair one’s automobile. They can get to people’s house, workplace, on the road, or even somewhere else their car is placed. The needed fixes can then commence right there on the spot. A bonus when one thinks that one really does not have the time to wait for their automobiles to be completed and discharged from the repair shop.


A few though question how it is that they may find one of those people that could be regarded as reliable, sincere, and reasonable when it comes to cost. There are, of course, a variety of aspects that a potential customer needs to look out for. They will include a written estimate of the total cost to complete the vehicle repairs, possess excellent communication skills, offers a guarantee, and no travelling time fees.


Those that can give an exact estimate have a knowledge with many models and makes because of their expertise in repair. So they may learn how long it will take to actually effectively repair the issue. This could provide a client some assurance once they know exactly what it is they may need to pay once the job is finished.


If a mechanic evaluates the vehicle that is ailing they should also be able to converse what the problem is to the customer. They must also use visual aid whenever it is possible and so one can really realize why the parts involved require replacement. Therefore they will even explain about what it is that needs to be carried out to make the car drivable.


The warranty should cover both parts and labor for a certain time frame after the repairs or when a specific amount of miles had been achieved. 


Travel time to and from the area of the automobile must not be incorporated into the bill. Rather they should incorporate on their books as the costs charged throughout business operations. Doing so will still make their business fees less expensive compared to what they would have been once they operated out of a store.


Using a mobile mechanic will help a person to save lots of time and cash with regards to car repair. Finding one that is suitable for a particular car or individual will often mean performing a bit of a search for data on the web for reviews or perhaps among your family members, associates, and also co-workers. This will help a person to decide that’s a well informed one.:)



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Window Fix Information for the 1991-96 B-body Cadillac

Posted by [email protected] on August 1, 2012 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Parts needed:

 

Door Panel Retainers (x5) GM PN 15600382 .43 each.

Roller GM PN 966-6748 1.74 each (1-2 per window).

Tools needed:

 

Door panel tool.

Stubby flathead screwdriver (preferably with a point you can put a wrench on for leverage).

Standard phillips screwdriver.

Standard set of pliers.

Wrench for the stubby screwdriver (cable tie or string for the box end).

Band-Aids (optional).

Time Required:

 

15 minutes once the door panel is off. But I've done a few... Plan about an hour or so.

Getting ready:

 

Carefully remove the door panel. Remember, the bezel around the handle is supposed to be one piece with the panel. It is attached but is easily broken. The plastic sheet on the door can be folded without removing or ripping and wrapped around the armrest support to get it out of the way. Reattach the window switch, you'll need it to move the regulator up and down.

 

The Job:

 

I have never seen the front roller break, only the back one. the front would be the same but would be easier just to take the whole window out. This is where a stubby flat head screwdriver with a square shaft or one like the Snap-On peice that has the area at the base on the handle that you can put a wrench onto helps out (put a cable tie or string on the box end of the wrench so you have something to grab on to if/when you drop it in the door). Use the pliers and pry the track open along the bottom within an inch or so from the end, enough to get the broken roller out. Be careful, the openings in the door can cut you. Getting the new roller in will be a little snug. I used the phillips screwdriver stuck into the hole of the new roller and used the door for leverage to snap it in. You don't need to squeeze the track back because with the window working, it wont go back that far but you can if you wish. Line up the roller with the regulator and with a 2" c-clamp, squeeze the roller on the regulator ball. Your done! It's nice to buy the 5 new clips each door uses to replace the ones that'll likely need to be once it's removed. It'll help cut down on any squeaks later on. Make sure all the clips are in place, put the panel back on and your in business.

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INFINITI > G35 > WINDOW RESET STEPS

Posted by [email protected] on May 29, 2012 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Copied directly from the service manual, hope it helps:

 

Resetting

After installing each component to the vehicle, follow the steps below.

1. With the door open, lift up and hold the power window switch until the door glass is fully closed.

2. Get inside the vehicle and close the door.

You need to close the door so the door switch is fully depressed.

3. Press and hold the reset switch. While holding the reset switch, press down and hold the power window

switch until the door glass is fully opened.

4. Release the reset switch.Then, lift up and hold the power window

switch until the door glass is fully closed.

5. Open the door to release the door switch. The door glass should

partially move down.

CAUTION:

Do not use the window auto function.

Do not release the switch before the window is fully

stopped.


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Before you tear the door panel off on a 97 or older car or truck!

Posted by [email protected] on May 12, 2012 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Before you tear the door panel off, first try spraying silicone on the felt tracks in the small vertical track in at the front on the window, as well as the large track at the back of the window. Try and use the red tube adapter on the spray so that you can limit the spray to only the felt. Help the window go up the track properly using your hands or a second person. After a few up and downs, wipe off any excess lube from your window but not from the track (it will take care of itself).


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Nissan 350z Window Regulator Reset Procedure

Posted by [email protected] on March 1, 2012 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Follow the reset procedure after repairs are completed.


Open door, close window, close door, hold button, close window and release button. 


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Power Windows appear to be off track, stuck or binding

Posted by [email protected] on February 29, 2012 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

:roll:

Windows don't normally just go off track (the regulator fails causing it to move out of the normal position). If the window appears to be off track, the regulator has most likely failed. Window regulators either use metal gears (which rarely fail) or they use a cable and plastic pulley design - which commonly fail. If the window has fallen, the regulator will most likely need to be replaced. If the glass is cocked unevenly and is binding, the regulator has most likely came apart. The motor will be heard when pushing the switch in many cases but the window won't work correctly due to the failed regulator.

 

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