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Replacing Window Door Glass
By Scott Wallace/
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Degree of DifficultyDifficult
Estimated Time240 minutes
240 minutes
How to Painlessly Repair Your Vehicle's Broken Pane -

Life is full of ups and downs, but when it comes to your vehicle's windows, that's a very good thing. Unless the glass is altogether gone ...
Replacing Window Door Glass
So, you've noticed your window isn't there anymore, and Mother Nature is being more intimate with you. Maybe your stereo is missing, or pieces of trash are floating in during your commute. You probably need to check out the cost of window glass replacement. I called one auto glass repair business, but didn't like the amount they would charge to fix the problem. A bit more research via the net and I not only got a market price for a replacement window (one-third what the "professional" wanted), but also found a nearby auto-recycling center with one in stock.
Make sure you have a good selection of hand tools, a tarp, a repair manual, and a vacuum, as well as gloves and goggles.
Step 1 - Things you'll need and use: a tarp to help in the cleanup, a variety of common tools, and a repair manual.
You'll Need a Tarp, Tools and a Repair Manual
Follow the instructions in your specific repair manual to remove the door panel.
Step 2 - Your mileage may vary, but most panels have lots of snaps and screws. Gentle pressure, patience, and a manual will help you peel the panel off the door.
Remove the Door Panel
You should find a plastic sheet/weather barrier under the panel. Carefully peel this sheet back while avoiding the sticky stuff.
Step 3 - Once you're inside the door panel, gently remove the weatherproofing sheet. Beware the black sticky stuff.
Remove the Weatherproofing Sheet
Step 4 - With the weatherproofing removed, various access points are revealed. Notice the lift mechanism, bracket and clips.
Removal of the Weatherproofing Reveals Access Points
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