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How to Replace a Side Window on Your Car

A broken car window occurs for dozens of reasons—a collision, petty theft, weather. A shattered window or break can expose your car to further damage, so it’s best replace a vehicle window as soon as possible. If you want to learn how to replace a side window on a car, the Glass Doctor® experts will solve your problem.

Step-by-Step Guide to Car Window Replacement

For auto glass repair needs, the first step is to clean up any glass that has fallen into the car and call on a specialist from an auto glass company, such as Glass Doctor, to evaluate the damage. Experts will help you decide if you should repair or replace the window. Window repair may not be sufficient enough to fix the problem.

See the following advice to replace a side window on a car.

  1. Put on your safety glasses.
  2. Remove the door panel.
  3. Peel back the vapor-barrier to see the door’s innards.
  4. Adjust the window-height-regulator on a crank window to put the regulator in a service position. This should expose the bolts and screws that hold the glass remnants.
  5. If you have a power window, however, you must plug in the switches on the inner door panel. Turn the ignition to “on” and adjust the window until the bolts align with the access holes.
  6. Clean up any exposed glass.
  7. Remove the seal at the bottom of the window, opening the slot on the window tracks. The window tracks are bolted to the bottom of the door and guide the panel. With these open, you can remove the window and make the installation easier.
  8. To put in the new side window glass, which is made of tempered glass, drop the shorter side in. Keep it at a 90-degree angle and make sure the long side gets set in the track, before rotating the shorter side up.
  9. With some adjusting, the car window should slide into place.
  10. Attach the glass panel to the regulator.
  11. Bolt the window track down again.
  12. Make sure the window track works with the new car glass.
  13. Use these reverse steps to put the car door back on.

Why Choose Glass Doctor for Side Window Replacement?

Auto glass damage can occur at any time and for any reason. If you’re in need of assistance, leave the clean-up process to experts who are trained in car window replacement.

At Glass Door, we are dedicated to keeping you and your family safe. Whether you need a mirror, a glass or a side window replaced, we offer a 24/7 mobile service, so we will take care of the problem as soon as possible. Our glass specialists not only know how to replace a side window on a car, but we offer convenient, same-day windshield and auto glass repairs and replacements for cracked and damaged glass.

For an auto glass repair quote or to speak with a Glass Doctor specialist, call 855-603-1919 today.