How to lubricate car windows

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How to lubricate car windows
Lubricating the working parts of car windows can prevent future problems. (black car on the street image by Furan from

Problems with your automobile windows such as squeaking or becoming jammed or stuck typically are caused because of worn out tracks and rollers. That wear and tear usually happens because the lubricant wears off after a period of time. Regular lubrication of the working parts of your car windows and hinges can help keep the tracks and rollers in good working order. Lubricating the windows in your car is a simple process and can be performed at home.

Things you need

  • White lithium grease
  • Phillips and slot screwdriver
  • Protective gloves
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Socket set and wrench
  • Clean rags

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  1. 1

    Put on gloves before beginning the project. Disconnect the negative cable from car's battery terminal to stop its electrical circuit.

  2. 2

    Loosen the screws of the armrest using a Phillips screwdriver. If the car armrest has been fitted with plastic access caps, remove them using a slot screwdriver. And if the armrest has a built-in window control, remove the top screws of the unit, pull it out, and disconnect the electrical jack.

  3. 3

    Loosen the door panel bolts using a socket wrench. Remove the screws -- or the mounting bolt -- of the plastic panel on the door handle.

  4. 4

    Remove the car door panel by placing a flathead screwdriver between the edge of the door panel and the frame of the car door. Gently push against the screwdriver to release the spring clips on the door panel. Pull the door panel away from the frame of the car door.

  5. 5

    Peel off the plastic insulator cover inside the door panel, pulling it down from the top and both sides of the steel frame.

  6. 6

    Locate the window channel where the window rolls up and down, and the rollers and tracks that allow movement of the window.

  7. 7

    Lubricate the tracks by generously spraying them with the white lithium grease.

  8. 8

    Roll the window up and down to distribute the grease evenly on the track. Repeat this a few times to work the grease into the tracks.

  9. 9

    Replace the plastic insulator cover by pushing it back onto its glue bead. Reassemble and reattach the car door panel, the armrest and window control unit. Reconnect and reattach the electrical jack of the window control unit and place the plastic door handle panel back into position. Reconnect the negative cable to the battery terminal.

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