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Window winder removal

Hpw to remove window winder

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    Window difficult to wind up even after new regular has been fitted

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Manual winders are all the same (in my experience)... so this should apply to you:

You need to push back on the door-skin so that you can access a small bronze/silver clip that holds the winder onto the teeth of the mechanism.

I find that a medium-sized flat-head screwdriver is great for pushing that clip off... it's basically a "U" shape, but with a few divets in it. You want to look, then wind the handle until you have one of the points of the "U" facing you at the top. Push it down with the flat-side of the screwdriver, and it should go flying off like an elastic band into the nearest storm-water drain...

My advice: don't do it over your lawn or storm-water drain if you want to find it again!

After that spring-clip-thing is off, the handle just slides off the shaft without any effort. =-]

Posted on Aug 31, 2008

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  • Steve Rand
    Steve Rand Aug 31, 2008

    Oh, to clarify... push the door-skin towards the door, just behind the handle. It's hard, and there isn't a lot of flex in the door-skin, but I haven't met a car that I couldn't get the door-skin off before!

  • Grace Dec 18, 2012

    Thanks Steve, I just used your advise for my 1988 Toyota Celica & it was very helpful. Cheers Grace :)

  • Steve Rand
    Steve Rand Nov 04, 2013

    Welcome Grace!

  • Steve Rand
    Steve Rand Nov 04, 2013

    They *do* make special plastic trim-removal tools for doing things like this, but if you're doing it only once... a screwdriver works just fine =-]

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