How to Remove the Window Crank From a Toyota Tacoma


There are two ways of removing a manual window crank from a Toyota. The first requires a special crank-removal tool available for purchase at specialty automotive stores, dealerships or possibly online. The second method is more primitive but effective: use of a clean shop towel.

Things You'll Need

  • Window crank removal tool
  • Shop towel

With a Crank Removal Tool

  • Align the tool with the crank handle. Slip the tip of the tool between the base of the crank and the door.

  • Push the removal tool under the base of the crank.

  • Disengage the spring clip holding the crank to the door.

  • Remove the window crank.

  • Retain the spring clip for later use. These clips are difficult to find on the market.

With a Shop Towel

  • Grab an unused shop towel. To avoid getting crease on your car, make sure the towel is clean.

  • Thread the towel between the base of the crank and the door.

  • Saw the shop towel back and forth, as if flossing a tooth.

  • Continue working the shop towel back and forth until you hit the spring clip. The crank should pop loose undamaged.

  • Remove the crank handle and save the spring clip for later use.

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