Drivers side front power window turned loose from rear clip

Tiny
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  • 2005 HYUNDAI ELANTRA
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 79,000 MILES
The rear window clip that attaches the rear of the drivers side front window to the power window rail has pulled loose from the window, allowing the window to jump the guide tracks. The bracket where it is attached to the window has no clamp, the clip appears to have been pressed/glued onto the window. I have attempted to glue it back in place with contact cement, but the window came out of the clip again. There is no way to manually tighten it to the window. What is the proper way to fix this problem, and does it take a specific type of adhesive to reattach this clip. There is no information available in the service manual.
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Saturday, April 6th, 2019 AT 4:49 PM

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Tiny
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Hello,

I have included the information that you requested down in the diagrams below. Please feel free to ask if you should have any other automotive questions that we can help you with. It is what we are here for.

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Sunday, April 7th, 2019 AT 4:43 AM
Tiny
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Perhaps my question was not clear. If you look at figure GO3843856 part B you will notice the window attaches to the rail with a plastic/nylon clamp. The rear nylon clamp has turned loose from the window itself. On the window is a toothed plate, the clamp itself has teeth that slide into the window plate. There is no way to tighten this connection, so it must have been pressed in, or glued. My clamp slides on easily, but off easily turning the rear part of the window loose. Is there a fix to this without replacing the entire window? Although it is not from a 2005, this diagram shows the clips I am referring to at the bottom of the diagram.
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Sunday, April 7th, 2019 AT 4:58 AM
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Hello again,

I think it says it connects with mounting bolts.

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Sunday, April 7th, 2019 AT 5:26 AM
Tiny
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There are no mounting bolts where it connects to the window, just to the power window rail itself (one bolt) this only connects the clip to the rail, not to the window. It has turned loose from the window itself.
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Sunday, April 7th, 2019 AT 5:29 AM
Tiny
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Hello again,

Looking in my other vehicle reference manual I see nothing about nylon clips. My suggestion to hold it in place would be to try some gorilla glue. You can get it in clear and it is pretty strong stuff. Also the longer you let it cure the better the bond will be. Other than that I'm thinking it might be a dealer item. Please get back to us with how it turns out.

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Sunday, April 7th, 2019 AT 5:37 AM
Tiny
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I figure it must be designed to be replaced as part of the window assembly itself, and not repaired, but with the right adhesive I might be able to save about $150.00. I will keep on trying different adhesives, I was hoping someone else had run into this situation before and had found a fix. Thanks for the help.
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Sunday, April 7th, 2019 AT 5:42 AM
Tiny
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Hello again,

Another thought. Would it be possible to put something around the window bottom and tighten the bolt to the so that the bolt is not grinding directly into the window? This is just a thought. I am not there looking at it, so I don't know if that's feasible or if it would cause an alignment issue or not. Let us know what you find out.

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Sunday, April 7th, 2019 AT 5:45 AM
Tiny
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I would have to drill and tap some holes into the nylon clamp to make this possible. There are no bolts or holes in the clamp other than where it attaches to the power window rail. Just the slot where the window fits into the clamp. It was either glued or heat sealed to the window itself. If all else fails, and I get to the point where I know I will have to replace the glass assembly, I will first attempt to drill a hole thru the glass itself and put a screw in the clamp through the glass, after all what do I have to lose if I break it? Cheap Korean engineering is the best I can make out of this problem. I am really surprised others have not run into this situation.
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Sunday, April 7th, 2019 AT 5:59 AM
Tiny
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Hello again,

So it is a nylon clamp that's completely missing or is the clamp there and just worn out so the window is sliding in it?

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Sunday, April 7th, 2019 AT 6:13 AM
Tiny
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The clamp is there, it has just turned loose from the window, most likely from wear.
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Sunday, April 7th, 2019 AT 6:14 AM
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Is there any way to shim it somehow, like with a strip of rubber or something?

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Sunday, April 7th, 2019 AT 7:07 AM
Tiny
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Not that I can see. I may try roughing up the inside of the clamp slot and where it mounts to the window with a dremel tool and using a two part epoxy to glue it in place. The contact cement turned loose after a week of use.
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Sunday, April 7th, 2019 AT 7:18 AM
Tiny
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Hello again,

That sounds good. Again Gorilla glue is pretty strong stuff as well, and don't give up on a sticky kind of shimming device as well. Let us know how it turns out when you get it fixed.

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Sunday, April 7th, 2019 AT 7:29 AM

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