How to Remove the Window Crank on a 1969 Camaro


On a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro, the windows open and close the old fashioned-way: with a metal window crank. After repeated use, the window cranks can wear out or break. Removing a window crank for replacement, a moderately easy task, takes about 15 minutes. You also must take off the window crank to access the door panel or inner window components.

Things You'll Need

  • Painter's tape
  • Window crank handle removal tool or wide flat-blad screwdriver
  • Tape around the door handle on the door panel to protect the panel from minor scuffs or scrapes. Use blue painter's tape, which removes easily without leaving behind a residue.

  • Slide the window crank handle removal tool underneath the crank's knob until you feel it fall into a notch behind the window handle. The crank attaches to the door via a snap ring with an open end. If installed correctly, the opening of the snap ring will face the window crank knob.

  • Push the window crank tool against the window crank snap ring until the ring slides off. Pull off the window crank by hand.

  • If using a screwdriver, pry one end of the snap ring loose. Hold down the trim underneath the window handle, and push until you free the snap ring.

  • Gently peel the painter's tape off the door panel.

Tips & Warnings

  • When pushing off the window crank snap ring, take care not to slip and damage the door panel underneath.

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