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A busted window latch on your car's vent window may not sound like a big deal. But when left unrepaired, this minor issue can cause a lot of pains-in-the-neck like excessively wobbly windows and increased cabin noise when driving at high speeds. A busted latch can also sometimes prevent you from sealing a widow properly, which could be a hassle if the AC or heater is switched on. Good thing replacing this part is very easy. To replace a broken latch, here are the instructions:

Tools you'll need:

  • Pliers
  • Pop rivet or screwdriver
  • Automotive grease

Step 1: Remove the screw or clevis pin.

Depending on your car's make and model, the window latch is usually held in place by a clevis pin or screw. Then you either use a screwdriver to unbolt the screw or a pop rivet to push the pin off. When removing a stuck pin, prop the rivet against the pliers. This way, you'll have more leverage and force to push the hard-to-remove pin out.

Step 2: Remove the window latch.

After removing the screw or pin, the latch ahould easily come off. Pull the latch away from the assembly carefully, making sure you don't drop the spring that's inside the latch assembly. Once the latch is removed, pull off the spring and inspect it for signs of damage.

Step 3: Tighten up loose parts or lubricate dried-up components.

A faulty window latch is usually caused by loose parts inside. Once the latch has been removed, inspect the bolts for signs of age or damage. In most cases, the main bolt needs to be tightened up or the spring inside is dry and just needs some lubrication. Using an Allen wrench or a Torx T50, tighten up the loose bolt. Don't forget to add some grease to the spring. When tightening the bolt, make sure you follow the manufacturer's torque specifications to avoid breaking the window glass.

Step 4: Reattach the latch.

After tightening loose parts and lubricating dried-up components, reinstall the latch assembly, along with the screw or clevis pin you removed in step 1. Double-check all parts, making sure that they are reattached properly.

Repair tips you ahould keep in mind:

  • To make sure the bolt won't back out again and cause the latch to wobble, you can apply a bit of Teflon tape on it before threading it back in.
  • Be very careful when bolting the window latch back in place since too much torque can shatter or crack the don't want more car problems to fix.
  • If the components beneath the latch are beyond repair, ie: excessive corrosion, huge cracks, or missing pieces, it's time to get aenew latch. Just be sure that the replacement you get is made by a reputable manufacturer so you won't have to fix a busted latch again in just a few months.
  • When lubricating the spring inside the latch, apply generous amounts of grease since this part won't function properly if it's all dried up.