Door Window Binding Discovery

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xirdneh
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Door Window Binding Discovery

Post by xirdneh » Sun Jun 23, 2019 5:40 pm

I discovered something new today regarding door windows that do not roll up or down easily .
I knew the regulator was good but no amount of adjusting would get the window to move up and down without binding.
So I removed the glass from another car that rolled easily and installed in the trouble door. It worked perfectly, rolling up and down with ease.
When I compared the two windows the difference was where the “U” channel was located on the bottom of the glass.
Measuring from the forward most point of the glass back to the bottom corner of the “U” channel , I got 5.64” for the bad one and 5.92” for the good one.
On the 5.92” one, I noticed when trying to install the 10mm bolt at the forward end of the channel it was a bit difficult to get the bolt in because channel hole did not center on access hole in door. I took an aviation snip to it, enlarging the aft side of access hole about 1/4 inch.
I had 5 other door windows in my stash so I measured all of them. They varied, three at 5.64 two at 5.8”.
I have removed the “U” channel in the past by setting a wood block against the top edge of the “U” channel and smacking it with a large rubber mallet. Spread out where you smack the channel going back and forth from end to middle to end and side to side (of glass) gradually working it off so it does not bend.
Clean the glass the rubber and the metal channel.
I do not lubricate or use glue to install channel.
Reinstall channel by installing rubber to glass first then set channel on rubber and smack channel with rubber mallet moving smacks along channel to work it on without bending it.
Love those Tercell 4x4 wagons but they sure suffer from road noise.

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Re: Door Window Binding Discovery

Post by NWMO » Sun Jun 23, 2019 6:37 pm

Great post,

I see the sister post on the unrelated Facebook page as well. We even get a pic of you there RW. Keep up the great work.

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Re: Door Window Binding Discovery

Post by The Professor » Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:22 am

I took my glass to an automotive glass shop and they swapped out my broken u-channel for free. I didn't want to break the window glass, having never touched the u-channel before.
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Re: Door Window Binding Discovery

Post by xirdneh » Mon Jul 01, 2019 1:33 pm

Love those Tercell 4x4 wagons but they sure suffer from road noise.

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Re: Door Window Binding Discovery

Post by marlinh » Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:02 am

Excellent video xirdeh, I have noticed the channels sitting in different places but was afraid of breaking the glass to try to reposition them. Also wasn't sure what the correct measurement was.

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