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Manual window replacement tips wanted

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    Nicki FEOA Member

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    I'm replacing the driver side window of my 1989 Ford Escort. It's a manual roll down any tips?
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    A simple and inexpensive tool is available, to make getting the window crank handle 'unclipped' very easy. My Escorts are all 2nd gens, so that is what my advice is based on....
    I like to unscrew the arm rest, take out the screw in the door latch, pop-out the inner panel fasteners (using a flat tool, not just pulling on the panel) until the panel is hanging loose. Then by moving the panel a couple of inches to the rear, its easier to get to the clip holding the release rod to the door latch, and undo it. I use a razor blade to slice the rubbery mastic keeping the anti-rain sheet of plastic up.

    Most of the time its not a big chore to get the class out; There are probably a couple of small nuts to be undone. You normally bring it up with the rear side highest, till the whole thing is out. I would try to lubricate any moving parts of the window lift, while the glass is out of the way. Including squirting some oil onto the inner side of the latch mechanism.
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    Thank you kindly for responding in a timely manner. Your instructions for the window glass removal were absolutely perfect. My next question is what tool do I use to remove the regulator retaining nuts? Specifically, the regulator nuts attached to the metal piece connected to the bottom of the glass? 1989 Ford Escort manual front driver's window. I would like to send you a photo but I am unsure how to submit a photo with this paragraph.
    Respectfully,
    Nicki
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    I dont know what kind of nut they use on the metal strip at the bottom of the glass. On other cars I have seen ordinary hex nuts, probably a 10mm or 8mm size. I have also seen plastic nuts, in the same size.
    I dont think I ever saw the splined nuts used, which are called "torx" type fasteners. Like hex head nuts or bolts, there are a whole range of sizes for the torx fasteners. I buy those things in sets, and there are both female and male 'genders' for them.

    I havent submitted a photo for quite a while, so Im going to try doing it for a post of mine, and if it works I will post what I did. It involves setting up an account at some image hosting site, (I use imgur.com), and uploading a photo you took with a digital camera or smart phone to that site. Then you use the button at the bottom of the forum window where you want to have the image appear, and click on the "upload a file" button. Then you have to navigate to the imgur location where your photo is.
    It doesnt work to 'browse' to a file on the hard disk in your computer, because that file wont be available when your computer is not on the internet, or is turned off. That is why you need to use the image hosting site. This is only hard the first couple of times you do it!
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    Thank you do much for the detailed information. I do have a TORX set but the window nuts are metal 3 way/pronged on one side and a flat nut on the other side. I we'll stop by the local auto glass shop and ask them which tool they use. Thank you so kindly for all the explicit, detailed information. You should consider a career editing repair manuals for Chilton's or Haynes. I sincerely appreciate your time.
    Respectfully,
    Nicki
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    would either of you happen to know where i can purchase all new window rubbers for both doors on a 86' hatchback?

    thanks
    Rich

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