Polo 2000 - Replacing door window glass - bathtub tom

I've been asked to replace a broken door window glass. It's got electric windows and I've been told they don't work! I guess the motor will be in the top position, but I'll have to lower it.

Any tips, hints or advice would be welcome.

Polo 2000 - Replacing door window glass - elekie&a/c doctor

The problem you have here is that if the motor is not working you will not be able to access the bolts/nuts that release the clamps that hold the glass to the regulator mechanism. I would think it is a cable drive system.My next step would be to remove the door card and see if you can get any activity at the motor.by powering it direct from a battery.Releasing the regulator from the door inner skin may just give enough clearance to get at the clamp nuts as the glass is broken ,but I very much doubt if you will be able to install a new glass with this method.

Polo 2000 - Replacing door window glass - bathtub tom

You're right, it's a cable drive system. Getting the membarane off was a pain - all that lovely,sticky, black mastic!

The motor and drive system was fine, but the clamps had broken away from the cables due to a broken, tiny plastic clip.

The owner now wants me to replace the motor and cables just for the sake of that plastic clip so the window will work again.

Polo 2000 - Replacing door window glass - elekie&a/c doctor

If the motor can be seperated from the mechanism,all you need is a new cable regulator unit,which will come with the new clips attached.

Polo 2000 - Replacing door window glass - bathtub tom

I believe the owner's getting parts from a scrapyard, cheaper than the dealer.

Let's hope the bits they get have intact plastic clips, although I did offer to 'bodge' the job with cable ties or self-tappers.

Polo 2000 - Replacing door window glass - focussed

Apart from dismantling the dashboard on a Volvo 440 ES - delving about inside car doors to repair window regulators is my least favourite job on any car.

I would sooner do a complete engine rebuild.

You have my sympathy - and watch your fingers on the sharp edges!

Polo 2000 - Replacing door window glass - bathtub tom

Finally did it today.

New glass carriers were a right PITA to fit and I lost count of the number of times I fitted and removed the door card to fit other parts, because I'd forgotten how they went from a few days ago.

Glass £20, carriers £9.

Not bad for an '00 reg car that had been written off by the insurers.

Polo 2000 - Replacing door window glass - elekie&a/c doctor
Well done...old cars =cheap fix.A friend has just broken one of the headlights on his 2014 Merc cabrio.new unit is £1400. ! What a bargain!
 

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