A window crank is designed to work with manual windows. This crank is attached to the window regulator which is responsible for holding the door window and controlling the up and down vertical movement. In this guide we show you how to remove the window crank and how to reinstall it.
On some window crank designs there is a small screw in the middle of the window
crank, either under a sticker or cap. If not, you have the retainer clip style of
window crank which takes an alternative method to remove and install. Here is an
example of a C clip style of window crank, if you don't know the trick it can be
frustrating to remove.
There will be a plastic washer that sits between the window crank and
door panel. Start by using a small standard
(flat blade) screwdriver to help open the gap which will expose the retainer C clip.
Now, insert a shop towel between the window crank and the plastic washer as in
the image below.
While holding the window crank, pull down on the shop towel this will cause the
fibers of the towel to grab the C retainer clip and remove it from the crank handle
allowing the removal.
Here is what it looks like with the window crank removed, at the same time you
can see the plastic washer or spacer
Please watch this video of the job being done, then continue down the guide to glean additional helpful information.
This is how the towel works behind the scenes, you can see how the towel grabs
the C retainer clip.
In this image you can see the C retainer clip installed, this gives you a better
idea on how the removal works, note that the clip can be installed in either direction,
so if the towel trick doesn't work one way try the opposite direction.
To reinstall the window crank align the handle to the regulator and push straight
on, you will notice the window crank handle can be installed in any orientation.
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