Fixing a Car Window that Squeaks

A car window that squeaks is a common problem many motorists experience. This may be due to a worn out window regulator. It may also be due to lack of lubricant on the window track. With time, the lubricant injected into the track during vehicle assembly eventually gets exhausted. This causes the window to not move as smoothly as it should. Although not a serious problem, it can be irksome when you have to put up with a persistent squeak from your window. Fortunately, you can remedy the situation with a few materials and a bit of effort as outlined below.

Materials Needed

  • Lithium grease lubricant
  • Rags
  • Old toothbrush
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Soft cloth

Step 1 – Remove Screws on Door Panel

Roll your window down. Use your flathead screwdriver to remove the screws that secure the door panel in place. Place the screws in a safe place for easy retrieval later on.

Step 2 – Disengage the Door Panel

Insert the screwdriver into the space between the door and the panel. Let the screwdriver serve as a wedge to enable you to detach the panel from the door. Create a gap with the screwdriver which will allow you to insert a couple of fingers into the space between the panel and door. Carefully pull at the panel so that it comes off the door. Do not apply force as you may cause the panel to detach violently and become damaged. It helps if you lift up the panel slightly as you pull. Eventually, you’ll hear the panel pop as it breaks free of the clips that secure it to the door.

Step 3 – Disconnect Connections

If your window has electrical connections that power the window and lock, disengage these from the panel. This can be done if you squeeze the tab at one end of the cable as you pull away the other end. Remove stereo speaker connections if applicable in the same manner.

Step 4 – Clean the Track

You may find a build-up of dirt in the window track. Clear the dirt with an old toothbrush. Use a damp rag to wipe all through the track. A clean, well lubricated track allows you to operate your window smoothly.

Step 5 – Apply Lubricant

Dispense lubricant sparingly into the groove of the window track. Reconnect the electrical and stereo speaker connections. Turn on your ignition to allow you roll the window up and down. Perform this activity for about a minute. This helps to spread the lubricant uniformly within the track. You’ll notice that the squeaky noise has disappeared in the course of this activity.

Step 6 – Return the Door Panel

Take the door panel and fit it in its location. Reattach any electrical connections you removed earlier before securing it in place. Then ensure the clips are properly aligned to enable the panel fit in place perfectly. It should lock into place easily if well aligned. Retrieve the screws removed earlier and fit into the panel. Secure all screws with your flathead screwdriver.

Step 7 – Cleaning

Use a soft cloth to wipe away any lubricant from the window and door. You can now proceed to use your vehicle with squeak-free windows.