How-to-guides - Window crank and door panel
How to properly use
vehicle window crank handle and door panels removal
The window crank removal tool
is designed to remove the retainer pin that holds many
manual window crank handles to the drive shaft.
If your vehicle is equipped
with power windows, then this tool will not be required.
Using the window crank removal tool
To use window
crank removal tool, place the front opening of the tool
behind the window crank, as in the illustration above.
In most cases
there will be a large plastic washer behind the crank.
You must pull
the crank slightly outward to find the slot where the
retainer pin is located.
vehicles it will be behind the washer, and other in front of
door panel remover
If you choose not to purchase a window crank remover tool,
you can remove the window crank retainer clip using two flat
Apply an even amount of force using both flat head
screwdrivers toward the "closed" end of the pin, until it
"snaps" out of the window crank handle.
Use caution when removing these pins, as they will fly to
the moon if you are not careful.
You should "cup" your hands over the direction that the pin
will travel towards, allowing you to catch it as it
starts its 700 mile an hour trip!
These pins are small and
easy to lose!
Spare clips can be purchased at your local
auto parts store.
like we know about this from experience!
panel removal tool is used for "prying" off door panel
retainer clips from the vehicles door panel.
It also comes in
handy for prying other components of the vehicle, such as,
loose dash parts etc.
Keep in mind that not all doors use the
Many newer vehicles do not require this tool and
use a " hook and latch" type retainer system.
If you want to take the cheapskate route you can also use the end of the wire crimpers
to achieve the same results.
remover in action
The diagram below shows how the door panel
removal tool is used.
The red dot is a back view of the
vehicles door panel.
The tool simply slides into the crevasse of
the pin to create a "holing" spot when prying the door panel
retaining pin away from the door.
remover in action
Wire routing tools