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Old 05-26-2010, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Pelion, South Carolina/orig. from Cape May, NJ
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I have a 1989 Chevy Caprice. The driver's side window is off track and we're trying to fix it. We need to know how to put it back on. Thanks!
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Old 05-26-2010, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Power windows? If so be certain to disconnect the battery before putting your fingers/hands inside the door. The mechanism has some scissors-type linkages and is capable of severely injuring your hand(s) if accidentally turned on while your hand is in there (thanks to Nativechief for pointing this out on a previous thread)

A shop manual would be very handy - basically you take the trim panels off the inner door panel, pull it off, and you should be able to see the window mechanism, figure out what's broken, worn out, or loose.

Sorry for the rather general nature of the instructions - best bet is to get a shop manual, although for body issues like this frequently only the factory manual is any good. Google "Helm, inc" and that should put you onto GM factory manuals, or get a used one from Faxon's.
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Old 05-26-2010, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Pelion, South Carolina/orig. from Cape May, NJ
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No, it's got old-school manual windows.

We've managed to get most of the interior door panel off, except around the window crank.

I'll look into those manuals you mentioned...thanks!
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Old 05-26-2010, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Earth
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There's a little clip that clips on the edge of the window on the rear window channel. That clip allows the glass to slide up and down in the channel.

If that little clip breaks, the glass will be able to fall inwards towards the front channel some. It'll make rolling up and down the windows a real bear and may also break the window due to the added stress.

If the glass is inside the track on both ends and just freely slides up and down, then chances are the roller/arm assembly have came off the slide track located inside the door on the bottom of the window. (you will not be able to see it until the door panel is off)

As for getting the door panel off around the crank handle, there's a special tool that looks like a metal spatula that you can buy at any automotive store for around $7....that tool allows you to remove the clip that holds the window crank handle on. Be careful as the retaining clip will come flying out and you can easily lose it.

While you're at the store buying the crank retainer removal tool, you should also buy some new door panel retainers (I'm sure you broke a few removing the panel) as well as some white spray grease so you can lube the hell out of the window tracks/crank mechanism and/or those plastic slider clips. Oh and they also carry crank retainer clips if you indeed lose yours.
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Old 05-27-2010, 06:28 AM
 
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My civic use to do that. I limped around with it for 3 years, removing my door panel, lossening one end of the window guides and popping it back on it's track every couple weeks. About 2 months ago I decided to actually fix it and got a new window regulator for it. Easy remove and replace and the window rolls up and down like new now.
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Old 08-09-2011, 10:45 AM
 
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How can i get the rear passenger side door panel off of my 1989 chevy caprice classic? I cant get the window crank off.
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Old 08-09-2011, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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How can i get the rear passenger side door panel off of my 1989 chevy caprice classic? I cant get the window crank off.
By doing this:

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Originally Posted by Deez Nuttz
As for getting the door panel off around the crank handle, there's a special tool that looks like a metal spatula that you can buy at any automotive store for around $7....that tool allows you to remove the clip that holds the window crank handle on. Be careful as the retaining clip will come flying out and you can easily lose it.
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Old 08-09-2011, 11:50 AM
 
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Get one of these



and then do this



When you buy the tool, buy a couple of new retainer clips in case your old one flies away.

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Old 08-09-2011, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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There is also a pliers-type tool to take these clips off, or a crochet needle of the right size can be used to hook the closed end.

If you use the spatula type, you want to push the door panel down a bit so you don't scratch it.
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