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Old September 23rd, 2009, 12:57 PM
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Removing window tops '97 D90 ST

Newbie here trying to remove my window tops. One bolt has no nut, but the bolt is locked up firm. I'm guessing that it is rusted in place. Another nut just spins in place on the bolt. Had my Rover mechanic look at it, and he was unsure as to how to proceed. I have heard that you can try to hammer the bolt upwards, but I am very leery about that.

I really want to get the windows off, but do not want to trash my baby! Any advice is greatly appreciated.
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Old September 23rd, 2009, 02:17 PM
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once the nuts are removed, the bolts just stay on & you lift the complete upper window section.
sometimes I carefully pry it up from the bottom section.
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Old September 23rd, 2009, 04:03 PM
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Try taking the inside plastic door liner off. Then you can see what you're doing. There is supposed to be a plastic tube around the bolt/stud, but most of these get lost the first time you take the window off. The bolt is really a stud that screws into the base of the window. Sometimes it is easier to get the stud out of the window than to get the lower nut off. Also, the one frozen in place, when the plastic is off and you can see, try two nuts on the bolt and see if you can get it to move then. You can also get replacement studs from several sources that are nicer than the OEM version.
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Old September 23rd, 2009, 04:14 PM
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Hey Clint... DO NOT use a hammer, you will dent the door. I will be more than happy to help.
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Old September 23rd, 2009, 05:08 PM
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Hey, Clint:
Do not use a hammer and even try to tap lightly on the bottom of the bolt (upwards). The result will be an explosion of safety glass the likes of you have never seen (I speak from experience).
Wet them down with penetrating spray and let them sit overnight. The key here is patience. If you get in a hurry ... the result will be a window that is off, but a door in need of repair.
Once you get the bolts free, you will need to work the door up in micro increments until it "wiggles" it's way up.

Good luck.

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Old September 23rd, 2009, 05:32 PM
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I open the window and gently use a rubber mallet, hammering up on the open window frame. You can slide the window(s) back and forth to work both sides up.
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Pry bar[s] between the door and the door top.
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Old September 23rd, 2009, 07:59 PM
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I highly encourage swapping out the studs for the aftermarket variety. They made putting the windows on and off much easier. Not to mention the ones I picked up had a tool free cap instead of the nut.

Here is the link to the ones I picked up.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...view=all&tid=0
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Old September 23rd, 2009, 08:12 PM
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socket + long extension + rubber mallet = no chance of touching the door skin
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Old September 25th, 2009, 12:41 PM
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Guys, thanks for all the advice! I intend to give it another shot this weekend without a hammer. Scott, if I don't have any luck, I'll wait till the next SOLAROS meeting. Will, from The Shop, seems to think it is going to be a very difficult process.
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Will, from The Shop, seems to think it is going to be a very difficult process.
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