[Vwdiesel] Loren, window cranking hard solution.

Rudy petersenrudy at hotmail.com
Tue Jul 14 13:52:51 PDT 2009

I sold my very nice 84 Jetta TD a couple weeks ago.  I just got sick and
tired of trying to Roll the Damn Window up.  Sometimes I'd nearly break my
Arm trying to Roll it up and sometimes it Rolled up normal, I also broke off
several Window Cranks.  I knew I could figure it out but just couldn't get
around to taking the Door apart.

Between not being able to Roll the Window up and the thingy that holds the
Door open broken I'd just had it.

Good info for next time.  Thanks for the write-up.


-----Original Message-----
From: vwdiesel-bounces at vwfans.com [mailto:vwdiesel-bounces at vwfans.com] On
Behalf Of Sherwin Goff
Sent: Tuesday, July 14, 2009 12:47 PM
To: VWDiesel
Subject: [Vwdiesel] Loren, window cranking hard solution.

 Loren, didn't you ask me to let everyone know how my "window cranking hard"
turned out?

I needed to understand the problem before I could apply any solution.

So here was the problem and here is the solution.
Y'all wanted to know how it went with fixing the window cranking problem on
the driver's side of my 1981 VW pickup.

It would not crank up and down like normal. (It cranked very hard.)

Well, there is an arched tube inside the door chamber that fastens to the
window glass and the tube is a bit like the St Louis Arch. (Picture the St
Louis Arch.)

This arched tube has a cable inside of it and as you crank the window up and
down, this cable moves the window up and down because there is a bracket
that fastens to the window with two bolts.

It seems that there are three felt bands that rap around the tube and these
can rub (and put pressure) against the glass as it goes up and down.  One
felt band is around the very top of the arched tube and at that point the
tube was pressing too hard against the window glass and this pressure
against the glass caused the window to crank up and down so hard that it had
actually broken handles off of a couple of window cranks.

I took the tube (the arch) out and oiled it before I figured out what the
problem was.  So I had to take it out again and bend the top of the arch
away from where it was pressing too hard against the glass.  This little
trick fixed the problem.

It is a little tricky to get the tube (arch) out, but by taking out the 6
bolts that hold it and then leaning the top of the arched tube toward the
back of the vehicle it slipped right out and it when back in the same way.  

I had to lower the window all the way down to get at the two bolts that held
the glass, and then hold the window up all the way with my hand (which is a
bit tricky) while I took the tube out.  I then bent it a bit away from the
glass and put it back in the door the same way it had come out.

Am I making any sense?  Do y'all understand what I'm talking about?  

If you have any questions, email me.

Sherwin Goff
Yes, you can do it!
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