How to Replace Rear Window Lift Supports: A Beginner's Guide

How to Replace Rear Window Lift Supports: A Beginner's Guide

Oct 19, 2022

Rear window of vehicle from back seat

If you've ever tried to replace the rear window lift supports on your vehicle, then you know that it can be a daunting task. It's not exactly a beginner's project, but it's not as difficult as one would expect either. With the right instructions, it can be done by anyone!

In this article, we will walk you through the steps required to replace rear window lift supports on your car. We'll make sure to go over each step in detail so that you can complete the project with ease.

Let's get started!

What Are Rear Window Lift Supports, and What Do They Do?

Rear window lift supports are devices that help to hold up the rear window of your vehicle. They are placed on either side of the rear window and they help to the window open. Over time, these supports can wear out and break, which is why it's important to know how to replace them. They are usually made of metal or plastic, and differ in size depending on the make and model of your vehicle.

How to Tell if Your Rear Window Lift Supports Need to Be Replaced

Knowing how to replace your rear window lift supports isn't a part of routine maintenance for your car. However, there are a few signs that you can look out for which indicate that it's time to replace them.

If you notice any of the following, it's time to replace your lift supports:

  • The rear window of your car is sagging or drooping when open
  • The rear window is difficult to open or close
  • There is water leaking into the car from the rear window
  • The rear window makes loud popping or creaking noises when you open or close it

If you notice any of these signs, don't hesitate to replace your rear window lift supports. It's a relatively easy project that anyone can do, and it will help to keep your car in good shape.

The Steps Involved in the Replacement Process

Now that you know how to tell if your lift supports need to be replaced, it's time to learn how to do it! The process is actually quite simple and can be done in a few easy steps.

Before you begin, make sure that you have the following tools:

  • A screwdriver
  • A drill (optional)
  • New rear window lift supports

With these supplies in hand, you're ready to start.

Step 1: Start by opening the rear door of your car and removing the screws that hold the old support in place. You may need to use a drill to remove the screws if they are rusted or stuck.

It’s important to carry out this step with the support NOT engaged. Most supports may need to be extended. If this is the case, it is important to brace the window open. Once braced, you may remove the old lift support.

Step 2: To install the new rear window lift support, simply line it up with the holes in the door and screw it in place. Make sure that the new support is securely in place before moving on to the next step.

Repeat the above steps for the other side of the rear window.

Step 3: Once both new rear window lift supports are in place, close the rear door and test them out. Open and close the door a few times to make sure that they are working properly.

And that's it! You've successfully replaced your rear window lift supports.

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