How to Replace a Ford Ranger Slider Window

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The slider window on a Ford Ranger pickup is actually composed of four glass panes inside the rear window assembly. The larger panes on the left and right sides are fixed. The center third of the rear window assembly is comprised of two sliding panes that can be spread apart or locked together to secure the vehicle. If one of the window panes has been damaged, the entire rear window assembly must be removed from the vehicle for the broken pane to be replaced.

Things You'll Need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Soap
  • Water
  • Rope or cord

Removing the Window From the Cab

  • Unscrew the screws that secure the plastic interior mounding around the rear window using a Phillips screwdriver.

  • Pull away any interior molding surrounding the window assembly.

  • Ask an assistant to stand in the bed of the truck and support the window.

  • Pull the weatherstripping on the inside of the window assembly, away from the vehicle’s body using your hand.

  • Push the window assembly out through the rear of the cab using your hand. Make sure your assistant is there to support it.

  • Clean the window opening in the cab using soap and water.

Removing the Slider Windows

  • Open the window.

  • Unscrew the screws that secure the division bar on the left fixed window pane to the window frame, using a Phillips screwdriver.

  • Unscrew the screws that secure the division bar on the right fixed window pane to the window frame, using a Phillips screwdriver.

  • Pull both division bars from the window frame.

  • Pull the left slider window towards the right until it is centered between both fixed panels.

  • Spread the top and the bottom of the frame apart slightly by pulling them with your hands.

  • Lift the left slider window out of the window frame.

  • Pull the right slider window towards the left until it is centered between both fixed panels.

  • Spread the top and the bottom of the frame apart slightly by pulling them with your hands.

  • Lift the right slider window out of the frame with your hands.

Installing Slider Windows

  • Spread the window frame apart by pulling on the top and bottom of the frame with your hands.

  • Lay the right slider window into the frame and slide it all the way to the right.

  • Lay the left slider window into the frame and slide it all the way to the right.

  • Lay the division bars into position against the fixed window panes on each side of the frame.

  • Screw in the screws that secure the division bars to the frame, using a phillips screwdriver.

Reinstalling the Window in the Cab

  • Press a length of cord or rope into the flange crevice that surrounds the window frame. The flange crevice is where the weatherstripping secures to the steel window mounting flange on the cab.

  • Pull tight on both sides of the cord so that the interior side of the weatherstripping spreads away from the exterior side.

  • Guide the window frame into position from the bed of the vehicle. Have an assistant working inside the cab, make sure the interior side of the weatherstripping slides over the window mounting flange.

  • Pull the cord from the window frame.

  • Pull on the interior weatherstripping, while having your assistant press with the palm of his hand against the window. Continue around the window until it is pressed into position.

Tips & Warnings

  • Examine the window opening in the cab for signs of rust and repair any before replacing the window glass. Rust around the window opening is a sure sign of a leaking window.
  • Always take special precaution while working with broken glass, including wearing gloves and eye protection.

References

  • "Chilton Ford: Ranger/Explorer/Mountaineer 1991-99 Repair Manual"; the Nichols/Chilton Editors; 2005
  • "Haynes Ford Ranger Bronco II Automotive Repair Manual 1983-1992"; Chilton; 1999
  • "Chilton Ford Ranger/Bronco II/Explorer 1983-91 Repair Manual"; Chilton Book Company; 1991
  • Photo Credit David Paul Morris/Getty Images News/Getty Images
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