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"Basics of Basics" Window regulator spring removal or installation.

“Basics of Basics” window regulator spring removal
By Brian Martin

Today I walked up to an apprentice at work to see him trying to put a spring on a window regulator with a screw driver, while another apprentice had a long pry bar against the spring so it wouldn’t pop off into someone’s face.

They were amazed at how easy we installed this spring using an old trick. Like with anything we are trying to bend, pull, “manipulate” around a car, it takes CONTROL over all other factors every time to get the job done with the least effort.

On this window regulator spring, the first thing is to take a picture of it, or at least draw a little diagram of how it goes back on! Nothing like staring at something like this after a day of hard work trying to figure out which way it goes. A digital camera helps a lot for stuff like this.

You want to hold the spring onto the regulator so it doesn’t fly off, to do that simply put a large C clamp around the back of the regulator onto the front of the shaft that the spring is on. This shaft is going all the way though and you can clamp this clamp on there pretty firmly without damaging anything.

Now you get a pair of vice grips and grab the end of the spring, you will have complete control as you pull the end of the spring off the hook that grabs it on the regulator. Like wise as the photos show, you have the same control to wind this spring back over to hook it on the hook where it belongs.

Don’t forget gloves, and a face shield isn’t a bad idea either, I like all my teeth! I know it isn’t going to go flying, but I still put on my seat belts on the way to work and I know I am not going to have an accident too, right?




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Re: "Basics of Basics" Window regulator spring removal or installation

WOW, a new basics of basics. Glad to see a new one. Have not seen much of you around the forum lately. My adventures with springs came with those door hinge springs. Yes I know there is a simple cheap tool to remove and replace them, but hey its more fun doing it a screw driver and a pry bar, isn't it?

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Oh my God, get the tool! But before I had one I made one from a pair of duckbill vice grips for sheetmetal. I cut off one side so it wasn't so clumbsy and wham, spring tool. But I have to tell you, I have the "real" one now and it is WAY better.

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Re: "Basics of Basics" Window regulator spring removal or installation

I think I just drank a couple of beers and squeezes the spring REALLY REALLY HARD ith my fingers when I rebuilt my door hinges.

Thanks for the write up, Brian.

So, where did you take the family on vacation this year?

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This year Andy, LA, didn't even leave the state! Had a spectacular time in Disneyland though, rode EVERY single roller coaster with my 11 and 7 year olds. This is after my 11 year old has preached to me how he wouldn't ride one, he hated them. Not anymore!

Went to Petersons Automotive Museum, LaBrea tar pits, Hollywood Bl, Hollywood Bowl, Nixons Library, the works.

But check out the last time I went down there a month ago..





That's my son on the left playing guitar. The band is "Omnidemic" and they played at world famous Whiskey a Go Go. It was VERY cool! I was so proud I could have popped and took 126 photos.

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