85 S-10 passenger window off track

Old 08-04-07, 04:05 PM
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85 S-10 passenger window off track


Unfortunately, before I could stop him, my buddy cranked the passenger side window in my 85 S-10 pickup all the way down when the little plastic track slider was gone and the window rotated about 45 degrees. I tried to straighten the glass and crank it back up, but no luck. It seems to be off the track, and no matter what messing around I've done with it, it will not get right.

I know I need to remove the inner door panel and then somehow reseat the glass in its track. I have never done this before. It looks like it should be easy, but easy often has surprises! Any suggestions and tips as well as instructions for removal of the up-down handle would be much appreciated.


PS. I have a similar issue with a 1991 geo prizm, only in that case, the lock is all gummed up. Is the panel removal process the same for that car? Any other tips needed?
Again, thanks.
Old 08-04-07, 06:25 PM
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The procedure is about the same for most cars/pickups. First take all the screws out you can find. There's usually a couple in the arm rest and look over the door handle (inside) well. Pull out the handle to check for hidden screws there. Sometimes the window roller is snapped on with a little clip and sometimes you'll find a screw under a little cosmetic cap.

Then if you can come up with a plastic interior panel fork, it makes things a little easier. Use a thin piece of plastic or think piece of wood to slip between the panel and the door metal. Follow the panel until you hit one of the little plastic popouts. If you have the fork slip it under the panel and straddle the retainer, then pry the retainer out. It will pop out of the metal of the door. Repeat until you have all of them out. The panel will pull away from the door.

When you have the panel pulled loose, lift straight up on the panel. It usually slips into the window cavity from the top. From that point you'll be able to see where the window has derailed.

Hope this helps,


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