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Old 02-06-2006, 08:38 PM   #1
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I drive a 97 SL2 with manual windows. My drivers side hand crank is quite hard to turn...but doable. I was wondering if I could simply apply some lubricant to the levers/joints n' such inside the door panel to ease the strain of simply opening the window.

Also, I have taken the door panels off multiple times each to install my Pioneer speakers (you called it) and many of the plastic hooks that hold the door panel to the body (I guess youd call it) of the door have broken off and I was wondering how much 2 new door panels for a 97 SL2 would cost....

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Old 02-06-2006, 09:57 PM   #2
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Default Re: Can I lubricate window crank?

Theres a thread on automatic windows that have a hard time moving up and down. Wolfman says to spray a silicone lube into the window track. do a search for ' window track spray' and youll probably find it.

I would think you could use the same proceedure for your manual windows. Easier on the hand rather than the motor.

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Old 02-07-2006, 07:56 AM   #3
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Default Re: Can I lubricate window crank?

as for the plastic clips
i bought mine at Advance auto, Napa has them too ,AutoZone probaably does too.
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Old 02-07-2006, 08:11 AM   #4
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I drive a 97 SL2 with manual windows. My drivers side hand crank is quite hard to turn...but doable. I was wondering if I could simply apply some lubricant to the levers/joints n' such inside the door panel to ease the strain of simply opening the window.

Also, I have taken the door panels off multiple times each to install my Pioneer speakers (you called it) and many of the plastic hooks that hold the door panel to the body (I guess youd call it) of the door have broken off and I was wondering how much 2 new door panels for a 97 SL2 would cost....

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Try using a silicone spray. Use the little plastic nozzle thingy so you don't overspray too much, lube up along the track too. It'll make the window much easier to deal with. Don't bother getting new panels, just replace the plastic clips.

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Old 02-07-2006, 08:53 AM   #5
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I drive a 97 SL2 with manual windows. My drivers side hand crank is quite hard to turn...but doable. I was wondering if I could simply apply some lubricant to the levers/joints n' such inside the door panel to ease the strain of simply opening the window.

Also, I have taken the door panels off multiple times each to install my Pioneer speakers (you called it) and many of the plastic hooks that hold the door panel to the body (I guess youd call it) of the door have broken off and I was wondering how much 2 new door panels for a 97 SL2 would cost....

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My 99 SL1 is a real bear to crank down also, goes up fine though. Try wetting the window with soapy water (inside and out) and see if that helps. If it does, you have the same problem I do. The window seal is binding on the window as it goes down. There is not a problem with the crank mechanisim. Keeping your glass clean, and using a rubber conditioner on the outside of the gasket may help.

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Old 02-07-2006, 10:10 AM   #6
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My 92 with manual windows had the same problem. I took off the door skin, found the lubericant had squeezed out and gotten hard and dirty. I cleaned it up with wd40 or similar product and re-lubed it. Works fine now.

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Old 02-07-2006, 02:42 PM   #7
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Default Re: Can I lubricate window crank?

I also performed wolfman's silicone spray lube, was only partly successful. After this I inserted the tube from an oilcan between the window seals, using a flashlight for visibility. After oiling the crank mechanism, the window operates much easier.

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Old 02-07-2006, 08:22 PM   #8
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Thanks for the replies...I'll try those methods to lubricate. But the clips on the door panels are actually part of the door panel...you cant simply replace them....any idea what to do or the price of 2 new door panels? Thanks

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