How to Replace the Window in the Pontiac Vibeby Chris Moore
The window on a Pontiac Vibe is mounted within the door. The window's regulator is a permanent fixture and can't be serviced without professional help; but it is possible to replace the window glass if needed. You need to get inside the door to remove and replace the window glass. Use extreme caution if you are replacing cracked or broken glass -- one of the more common reasons for replacing the glass.
Roll the window down. Remove the window control. The easiest way is to work a cloth back and forth behind a manual crank to dislodge its clip, or to pry out the power switch and disconnect the electrical connector.
Pry the mirror trim cover off with a small flat screwdriver -- remove the manual handle with a Philips screwdriver first if needed -- and pry out the screw cover within the inner door handle.
Unscrew the door panel screws and then pry the panel off its clips with the trim stick or flat screwdriver. Lift the panel off the door, disconnect its electrical connectors and peel off the watershield.
Drill out the three rivets for the black door access plate and remove the plate.
Remove the mounting bolts for the window glass with a wrench and pull the glass up.
Lower the new glass into the door and fasten it within the door with its bolts.
Reconnect the door access plate, securing it with either rivets and a rivet gun or sheetmetal screws.
Reconnect the door trim panel with its clips and screws, then reconnect the trim panels and window controls.
Items you will need
- Trim stick
- Philips screwdriver
- Flat screwdriver
- Drill and bit
- Window glass
- Rivet gun
- Sheetmetal screws
- "Chilton Toyota/Pontiac Matrix and Vibe Repair Manual"; Jay Storer; Haynes North America; 2008
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