Broken plastic window crank handle on Geo Trakcer 1994
Hi, I want to replace my plastic window crank handle with a metal one, mine just keeps breaking. Can I fit a good metal/aluminum window crank handle from some other car brand into my geo tracker window ? Thanks
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Get a toyota handle its plastic but its stronger, the metal handle is going to be hard to interchange, the best thing to do is remove your handle and go to a junk yard and see which handles are the same, you can even put your handle on and see if it works on that car, hope this helps.
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There is a special tool but you don't need it. You only need a simple knife or something with a flat point. I will a flat steak knife myself if nothing else. Under that window crank there is a c clip holding it. It's slides easy if you don't pull on the window crank. You can use a screwdriver and spread the plastic disk between that and the handle and look for the ends of the c clip. Once you see which way it slides. Slide the back of the steak knife and or a screwdriver will work also. And get the clip out. It has some spring tension on it so when it comes lose it's going to go so don't lose it. The autopart stores sell the clips because people do lose them
1- remove the window crank 2- remove any screws from the door panel; sometimes they are hidden by a plastic cap. look inside the elbow rest cavity; remove any screws you see. 3- insert a flat plastic or wooden tool in the shape of (roughly) a scraper, between the door panel and door and start prying the clips which hold the panel to the sheet metal. get as close to the clips as possible with the tool, as that will be the easiest way. there are about 8 of these clips on an average door. when all the clips have come loose of the sheet metal, lift the panel straight up to remove it. you will find a metal rod attached to the inside of your handle; unfasten it and remove the panel completely. that handle looks like it is part of the panel and cannot be removed separately.
unscrew the screw in middle of door handle than push the unit forward ..there are lil plastic clips that lock it into place you'll see on back after sliding it forward and out. than you will see metal rod that connects to it and a plastic clip. you pop that clip off the metal rod and it will slide out allowing the door handle to be totally free to be removed.
This is a problem that you should be able to fix. With the interior door panel there are 3 screws. 2 in the arm rest and 1 on the door handle(opener), take those out. There is a C-clip on the window crank that needs to be removed. They make a cheap little tool to remove those but I've heard people using a shop rag and removing the c clip. To remove it, turn crank to around 9 oclock then slide the tool or rag behind the crank also coming from 9 oclock. Any position will work, my point being the tool must slide in from behind the crank handle. Use a flat head screwdriver to gently pry the edges of the door panel away. There are some little clips that pop loose. It's okay if some break you can buy more. After that you will slide the door handle (opener) forward a little to pop out. Twist and turn the panel to get it over the door handle. There are 2 bolts that hold the handle on from the inside. They are 10 mm. You can reach the most forward one pretty easy but the back one is taken out through a hole in the metal door panel. Mine had a sticker over the hole with a big yellow dot on it. After that it takes some pretty good force to get the handle out of the hole. Don't be afraid to push on it. When it pops out take some wire cutters and cut the little plastic clip that holds the metal rod to the handle. The lock twists out of the hole. Now this is when you need 3 hands. Hold the new handle close to the opening and twist the lock into position. Don't attach the metal rod yet. Now actually put your key in the lock. This helps you hold the lock in the correct position while inserting the handle. Put the top of the handle in first and then the bottom should snap in next. Now from the inside, reach up and slide metal rod in the hole and rotate the plastic clip to secure it. Now the hardest thing is getting that back bolt in. It helps again to leave the key in the lock and rotate it so the bolt can secure the locking mechanism to the handle. Put the front bolt in reinstall the interior door panel and you should be in business. Good Luck
Pull out window crank and door handle, remove panel, remove plastic Nylon that's between metal and panel, crank the window down enough to see the arm and the part that connects with glass. Make sure the metal part inside the door that comes from an arm and attaches to glass is clean, from broken glass and the gap that attaches to window is clean,bend the new glass to make it fit inside the opening slide down the new glass from the top using opening guides, grave it from both sides standing in between and make land on top center of the part that graves the glass, put automotive glass silicone on center of that part,just at where graves the glass, let dry, put the plastic back the door panel the window crank with the "U" shaped lock washer and the door handle, I hope I was clear
in the door handle you will see some plastic caps
remove these you will then find some phillips screwsremove them the handle will com off
same with the window winder handle
then check for other screws then pull door card off. but gently bottem out & top up
interior door panel is removed...window glass is removed from regulator...regulator (criss cross scissors shaped) with bolts or rivets holding it in place in window frame is removed....motor is removed from regulator if it is power window......reverse procedure with replacement with exception of bolts needing to replace rivets usually when DYI...good luck and hope that gives you a general picture of the job, which is rated at 1.5 hrs in the book for a pro to do
First off, you'll need to be able to remove the door panel. there are plastic clips (Push in body clips) as well as a couple of screws that hold the panel on. If you do not have power windows, you'll need a tool available from most any parts store to remove the window crank handle. You can get a window crank handle off with a couple of standard screwdrivers (There is a small metal clip that locks the handle on) but this normally results in damage to the panel. When the panel swings freely away from the bottom of the door, gently slide it directly up to remove it.
Once there, you should be able to clearly see the handle assembly, look for a metal rod about 1/4 inch in diameter that is supposed to be attached to the handle assembly via a little plastic clip. if either the clip or the handle assembly is broken, the rod will disconnect and you will be yanking on a handle attached to essentially nothing.
Door rod clips are available through most auto parts stores for $4-5, handle assembly's you can sometimes get through a wrecking yard, or order from the parts store.