How to Remove a Manual Window Crank

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How to Remove a Manual Window Crank
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There is no need to spend money on a special tool to remove the manual window crank on your car. You don't have to be a mechanic or even mechanically inclined. Learn to use this simple method to remove your window crank.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Shop towel
  • Flathead screwdriver

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Pry the screwdriver between the base of the window crank and the door panel. You need to see the U-shaped clip before removing the window crank. Pay attention to what part of the window crank the open end of the metal clip is on. You will not need to use the screwdriver after you see which side of the clip is open.

    How to Remove a Manual Window Crank
    Screwdriver
  2. 2

    Work the edge of the rag between the window crank and the door panel. You will insert the edge of the rag on top of the open section of the metal clip. Move the rag in a back and forth motion to pry the clip off. Do this as gently as you can. Excessive force will cause the metal clip to shoot from the crank and it could be difficult to find.

    How to Remove a Manual Window Crank
    Metal clip
  3. 3

    Pull the base of the window crank to remove it from the door once the metal clip has been removed.

    How to Remove a Manual Window Crank

Tips and warnings

  • This project should be done in a confined area, such as a garage. The window's metal clip may come off quickly, making it difficult to find outside.

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