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Stiff window winders..

Discussion in 'Bodywork & Interior' started by ButterFingers, May 14, 2017.

  1. ButterFingers

    ButterFingers Member

    Hi there,
    My drivers side window winder is becoming very difficult to operate, almost a 2 handed job!
    What is involved in making them smooth and easy to wind again?
    Is the internal winder part easy to lubricate and what with...oil or grease of some kind?
  2. thamesroverp6

    thamesroverp6 Member

    Hey Peter, you may have to have a look first. Not saying this is your problem but
    mine was doing the same , but on the passengerside, and found the metal channel holding the glass to the regulator mech had rusted to the point it made the glass lopsided as it went up. There is nothing to the mechanism,being simple in design and found it
    easy to lube with grease on the teeth and on the spindle.
  3. Phil Robson

    Phil Robson Well-Known Member

    Yes - and grease the horizontal track that the mechanism slides in, too! A bit of spray oil works wonders as well.
  4. ButterFingers

    ButterFingers Member

    I have some spray lube for motor cycle chains, bet it is just the thing for the job, now to find how to remove the door card....
    have a sturdy 3 foot crow bar used for wrecking old houses, now bet that is the thing for the job?
    Peter the inquisitive.....;)
  5. chrisw

    chrisw Active Member

    Two handed job

    Wow. So hard not to comment ;)
  6. The Rovering Member

    The Rovering Member Well-Known Member

    You need a wire hook to remove the handle retaining rings, ensure you cover them so they don't spring away into the gloom. Then simply unscrew the door pull & lever the card clips from the door.
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  7. Willy Eckerslyke

    Willy Eckerslyke Well-Known Member

    But start with the door pull screws as they can rust and become a real pain to remove. Don't even start unless you have a screwdriver that fits perfectly. Typically, they'll start to unscrew nicely then get tighter and seize once the rusted ends are reached.
  8. harveyp6

    harveyp6 Well-Known Member

    Providing you can slip a 6' scaffold pole over the end for some extra leverage, then yes.
  9. ButterFingers

    ButterFingers Member

    I have a good selection of "little helpers", various lengths of varying dia pipes. Used this week in replacing the clutch in relies 4x4 Ute on the bell housing bolts etc.
    Tried to bleed the clutch late pm and would not bleed, read accompanying instruction with clutch kit and it refers to "clutch damper diagnosis" problems and have never heard of this part of
    a clutch? any ideas where it is and how to test it, if it is not working?
  10. Vern Klukas

    Vern Klukas Member

    Grease will be better than any spray oil product. Often, the problem is largely that the 50 year-old grease is hard as a rock. There is a bit of fiddling to get the winder right out of the car, which is the only way to really grease it up right, and I've found that a cheap plastic woodwork spring clamp works a treat to hold the window up. Otherwise you need a third hand to hold the window up while extracting the winder. And dropping the window can end up with lots of small window bits in the bottom the door and another headache.

  11. thamesroverp6

    thamesroverp6 Member

    haha yes that wouldn't be good.
    Your right on being fiddly to get out. Ive done 6 doors (2 cars) and two doors to go,(painting the doors and tidying up the insides)
    so almost can do it blindfolded.
    Looks like so far my series 2 has been attacked before as I have found missing screws (the big ones at the top of the door) I hope the hardware store has something I can use?

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