Is your window regulator worn out? Does your window roll down all by itself while you are driving down the road? This is a common problem with an old window regulator on a classic Mustang and it could possibly allow someone to enter your vehicle simply by pushing the window down. This article and video will demonstrate just how easy it is to replace a worn out window regulator on a 1967 Ford Mustang.
Tools and Supply List
- Philips screw driver
- 3/8 inch driver or socket and ratchet
- Door panel remover tool
- 1/2 inch socket and ratchet
- Duct Tape
- New Window Regulator and some grease
Removing the window regulator
Before you can remove your old window regulator you will need to remove the window handle, door handle, arm rest pad, door panel and water shield. You will also want to disconnect the door latch rod from the door handle shaft so it will be out of the way during removal and installation.
Remove the window crank handle and door handle with the Philips crew driver
Remove the Arm Rest pad, you will need a 3/8 inch driver or socket and ratchet
With a door panel removal tool or in my case a plastic putty knife, remove the door panel. The door panel is held on with a series of door panel clips; you should put your removal tool as close as possible to the door panel clip to leverage it out of the clip hole leaving it attached to the door panel taking care to make sure that you do not break the clip away from the door panel.
Roll your window up all the way and then disengage the door latch rod retainer from the door handle shaft, this will get the rod out of the way so you can work more comfortable. you will also have to remove the screw that hold the rod support clip so the rod will drop out of the way.
Roll down your window so it is about 3/4 of the way up; position it so you can see the three screws that hold the window track to the window frame through the round access holes. Positioning the window here will allow you to get a visual on the rear and front edge of the window track through the access holes and will be important when removing and reinstalling the window regulator.
Now that your window is in a good position to remove the window regulator you should secure the window to the vent window frame with some duct tape as shown in the photo. Securing the window to the vent window frame will not only save your forearm it means that you do not need an assistant to stand there and hold up the window while you do the replacement.
You can now begin removing the window regulator from the door. First start by removing the door window guide track from the door. After you remove the nuts you will be able to slide the track off of the window guide and remove it from the door.
Next remove the two bolts just above the door handle shaft. These two nuts secure the window regulator to the door.
Finally remove the last two bolts that secure the window regulator to the door, they are located above and below the window crank shaft.
The last step is to slide the upper window regulator guides off of the window guide track. The procedure will take a bit of maneuvering and will require some patients.
Push the window regulator into the door so the window crank shaft clears the shaft hole allowing you to move the window regulator around in the door.
Maneuver the window regulator up and forward so you can slide the front window guide off of the window guide track. Once the front guide is free you will then maneuver the window regulator toward the back of the door so you can slide the rear window guide off of the track and remove the window regulator from the door (watch the video to see this demonstrated).
Before installing your new window regulator you should do a little preventative maintenance to ensure that your new window regulator has a long life and functions properly for years.
The coiled spring should be greased with lithium grease from a tub or a spray can. You should also grease the window guides and the crank shaft gear.
When you remove you old window regulator you may notice that sliding the rear window guide off of the window track was pretty tough because its a really tight fit in that area. To make installation easier and less frustrating you may want to file off and round the corners of the window regulator arm in that area, this will give you that fraction of space needed to make installation go smoothly.
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