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Rear Window shattered twice

Our 95 Toyota 4runner has now shattered it's rear window twice. Both times it was parked and no one around. The first time we wondered whether our children were involved but when we replaced it (personally) and it happened again we knew it must be a problem with the car. Do you think it could be the motor? Have you heard of this before? The first time the window was rolled up and the second time it was still rolled down inside the door. HELP, this is a waste of time and money!

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  • Toyota Ed May 11, 2010

    I would replace the regulator, and the side tracks. It probably has a clearance issue that is allowing the window to be stressed, due to said clearance. What I am saying is the glass is being held, by the regulator, incorrectly, and a lateral stress is being placed onto the glass flat surface; like bending a twig in your hands. If there is side or lateral pressure on one side of the glass, the result is going to be breakage. Let me know if you need more info.

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Personally, if the glass has shattered twice, i would go to a hardware store and get a piece of plexiglass to replace it with. get a sheet bigger than the factory glass and then cut it to the right size and shape. you don't need any fancy tools, just a jigsaw and some sand paper to smoothe the edges.

Pros: Cons:
alot harder to break than glass low quality plexiglass can yellow in the sun.
about 20X stronger weather stripping can cause streaks or scratches

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