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How to change window rubbers

Rob Mar 8, 2010

  1. Rob

    Rob Well-Known Member

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    I finally decided to do my window rubbers today and was delighted to find that it was rather easy. Here is the guide for the benefit of others.

    First wind down the windows and remove the original rubbers, some pliers are useful. Take note to how the original rubbers go quite deep into the door along the guides. You can try fitting the new ones without taking off the door panel by sliding them down the guides, but if it gets sutck then you will need to remove the panel. To remove it you need to undo 3 bolts marked in red below, and then remove the bit of plastic behind the door handle (green).
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    Now you can gently pull the panel off, making sure you don't break the plastic clips.

    Now remove the plastic sheeting and pull the new window rubber down
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    Also if you remove the door panel it may be a good idea to grease the electric window mechanism guides.

    Once you know how to do this then it takes 15 minutes per door. Also the rear door have screws in similar places to the front.

    Now that i have replaced the window rubbers the windows rush up and down, like new :cool:
     
  2. Jon Wildsmith

    Jon Wildsmith Super Moderator Supporter Guru I am in england

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    Makes a big difference having windows that will go up as well as down and at a decent rate :D

    Am I right in remembering that the arm rest pad that covers the two right hand screws in the picture is just held on with clips so prising upwards releases it?
     
  3. Rob

    Rob Well-Known Member

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    Yup no more pulling the window up :lol:

    Yes that's correct. Thanks Jon
     
  4. Jon Wildsmith

    Jon Wildsmith Super Moderator Supporter Guru I am in england

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    And was there a screw holding the door handle plastic trim on :mrgreen:
     
  5. Ian Rubie

    Ian Rubie Moderator I am in uk

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    And for those of you that want new window rubbers I happen to have a pile of them available, just like the ones Rob fitted, well below dealer price ;)

    PM for details.

    Ian
     
  6. Rob

    Rob Well-Known Member

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    you got me again!

    Right, to further improve the windows i decided to clean the contacts on the switches. I have been told by Julian at Overland Cruisers that this alone will improve the speed of the windows. I have just done the drivers one but i will do the others as well. Be warned though, if you don't trust yourself to take something apart with tiny springs for fear of not having the patience to put it back together then don't try to do this.

    Prise the panel with all the switches off the door panel and unplug it from the wiring loom. Undo all the screws on the back to remove the front plastic trim and then turn it over and remove a further 3 screws (this is straightforward so no pics).

    Right when removing the buttons be very careful, keep the assembly horizontal and remove the buttons vertically, and make sure you don't press the rear window lock switch. Once removed take note of how the tiny spring is attached to the window lock switch in case it decides to fly across the room :roll:

    Now you will see this:
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    Remove the springs(red) and the metal contacts(green). Clean all the contacts (the above photo was taken after cleaning btw) You can see one of the contacts bellow before cleaning:
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    Once clean move onto the drivers window switch:
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    Here you need to clean the contacts on both sides of the copper leaver (marked in green) I found cotton buds very useful.

    Now put it all back together, you may have to gently compress the contacts on the window lock switch CAREFULLY to get it back in place. Once in place replace screws and check if all the switches feel right.

    I haven't tried it yet but im sure it will make a difference.
     
  7. Paul_Humphreys

    Paul_Humphreys Well-Known Member

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    Did all the switches on mine when I get it :)

    Paul
     
  8. Jon Wildsmith

    Jon Wildsmith Super Moderator Supporter Guru I am in england

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    Very nice write up Rob. These get talked about a lot but I don't think I've seen a proper how to before and with pictures too :D
     
  9. Andy Walker

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    So the rubbers are round the door top - and not inside the door itself?
    Is there anything inside the actual door which might need cleaning? (pictures please)
     
  10. Jon Wildsmith

    Jon Wildsmith Super Moderator Supporter Guru I am in england

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    The rubbers go down the channel to about half way down the door Andy but they slide in and out from the top.
     
  11. Rob

    Rob Well-Known Member

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    you can see here how far the rubbers go into the door
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    And in this pic you can see how you push the new rubbers down into the guides
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    Hope that helps
     
  12. Andy Walker

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    Brilliant - I'll have a go at mine when I get a bit of spare time.
     
  13. Andy

    Andy Well-Known Member I am in england

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    Did my rubbers today, & what a MASSIVE difference, should have done it ages ago, I cant stop opening & closing the windows now!!! They whiz up & down

    Really easy to do.

    Many thanks to Ian Rubie for supplying them and his super fast delivery.

    Andy
     
  14. stevoyorke

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    U mention having a pile of new window rubbers? How much r they going for as could consider following what u guys have done. Cheers
     
  15. Ian Rubie

    Ian Rubie Moderator I am in uk

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    You have a PM.

    Ian
     
  16. scalci

    scalci Active Member

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    Where did you buy the new rubbers from?
     
  17. Chris

    Chris Super Moderator Supporter I am in europe

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    Toyota main dealer.
    Not aware of any after market sellers.


    Chris
     
  18. Ecoman

    Ecoman Well-Known Member I am in scotland

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    I just ordered mine through Ian Rubie only today :thumbup:

    Another job to add to the ever growing list. Improving the LC each day. At this rate it will be a complete new truck :D
     
  19. Chris

    Chris Super Moderator Supporter I am in europe

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    Ah, perhaps Ian has a few left.

    Chris
     
  20. Ecoman

    Ecoman Well-Known Member I am in scotland

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    He had 2 sets left when I spoke to him a few days ago. Only 1 now ;)
     
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