I want to replace a broken out window as cheap as I can, I'm not mechanically inclined but I do alright figuring out stuff. Do I just undo the screw in the door handle and pull of panel with a screw driver and then go about with putting the window in. Is it basic enough for me to figure out with a few tips or should I just take it in.
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You can do it yourself. Take your time and don't get frustrated. Take a picture with a digital camera BEFORE you start and then when you remove the panel. Not a hard process to do this.....but take your time and take plenty of pics. You know how it is when you are looking at directions at something and you wish they had more pictures? Take a lot of pictures....this way you will know how you took it off and apart....good luck!
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If it's one on the aft bank of cylinders, you have to remove the upper intake manifold (don't be scared) to access the 3 rear coil packs. The manifold should have 3 blue figure 8 looking rubber gaskets which CAN be re-used if necessary (I always order and replace mine just because they're cheap). Anyways, once the upper manifold is off, you can access the rear bank coil packs. Now is a GREAT time to replace the aft bank plugs with new and replace all 3 coil packs with new. Reassembly is reverse of disassembly. If you're mechanically inclined you can have the rear plugs and coil packs done in an hour. Then you're left with the 3 easy ones on the front side of engine! Half hour max for those 3. Make sure you use some quality iridium plugs! Any questions, email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
I assume you have an XUV. Same thing happened to me a few months back. If the glass isn't broken ( and you would have heard it if it did), its the "midgate window regulator" that has failed. I recently installed one myself and it's not terribly difficult [couple of hours x 2 nights by myself - easier with another pair of hands] if you are somewhat mechanically inclined and have a basic tool set. Here's a start on finding the part: https://www.google.com/#q=envoy%20xuv%20midgate%20regulator Google : "envoy xuv midgate regulator installation" and you'll be able to see a few examples.
Did they break the larger window? or the smaller one? The larger one is the easy one, remove the door panel, adjust the window mechanism until you can see the bolts on the bottom window track, undo these bolts and remove the old track, To fit the new window it's simply a matter of removing the side window guide rail and sliding the window in on an angle and wiggle it around until you get it inside the door, the seat it in the rail and replace the guide rail. Then bolt the window to the mechanism and re-assemble the door panel.
If it's the smaller one you need to remove the larger window first then remove the frame between the smaller and larger piece of glass, You can then replace the glass.
I would suggest calling around and you may get a good price for an expert to replace it as it is a pain to do.
Most likely a brake caliper or line. Lines are fairly cheap, calipers cost about $75 a piece if you get them discount online. Novice mechanics can do either or both replacements. DOnt buy parts from a dealer, they are 40% higher than retail. A brake shop will run you in the range of $150 to replace the caliper and pads one one axle, about $300 on both rear (replace both is recommended). Mike
The problem you describe is caused by a failed/broken window operator mechanism. The fix requires the window operator mechanism to be replaced. You can search on Audizine.com for a DIY thread describing replacement of the window operator, or have an independent Audi repair shop or the Audi Dealer replace the window operator mechanism. The parts cost about $150.
As long as your fairly mechanically inclined your gonna have to take the door panel off and get at the track itself... Its usually a easy mesure to put it back on... Take your time and you will figure it out quite easily.. Otherwise if your really unsure just take it to your mechanic.
I have had this same problem with my 2000 Sebring Convertible. I was told that the rear defrost is often a problem in convertibles and hatch-backs. My problem is very obvious though. When I turn the rear defrost on - the light does turn on (as if it was working), but the power does not get through. There are small 'clips' on each side of the window that hold the wires. After time and putting the top up and down, the clips can come off. My passenger side clip is currently hanging - very visible. Many mechanics are afraid to fuss with putting it back on for fear that they cause more damage than good. Look on the sides of the rear window and you may see the problem. Good luck.
That involves removing the door panel completely to allow access. If you are handy you can figure it out by looking at it. Would take too long to explain. Best bet if you aren't very mechanically inclined is to take it to a local repair shop. I had a 2 door 1994 and went through 5 of them.