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Pelican Technical Article:

Rear Window Glass Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

3 hours3 hrs

Tab:

$200

Talent:

****

Tools:

Plastic panel clip tool, flathead screwdriver, socket set (10mm), small hook pick tool

Applicable Models:

X3 E83 (2004-06)
X3 E83 facelift (2007-10)

Parts Required:

Window glass, Vapor barrier, Vapor barrier seal, door panel clips

Hot Tip:

Have door panel trim clips on hand in case they break when removing

Performance Gain:

Replace broken glass

Complementary Modification:

Replace window seal

The rear window glass on X3 models is driven by a single-rail window regulator. The glass stays in place when replacing the window regulator. However, you may need to remove or replace the glass. This tech article will show you how.

For safety reasons, be sure to disconnect the vehicle battery before beginning work on the door panel. See our tech article on battery replacement.

Be sure to use plastic prying tools when working on interior trim panels and other components. Alternatively, wrap the tip of screwdriver or other metal prying tool with masking or electrical tape to avoid marring trim items.

Keep in mind that when your car was serviced before, parts may have been replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have, so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

Our vehicle may vary slightly from yours as models do change and evolve as they grow older. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

Remove rear door panel. See our tech article on door panel removing.

Remove rear window regulator. See our tech article on rear window regulator replacing.

Support the window glass, then remove the tape (red arrow), slowly lower window glass into door cavity.
Figure 1

Support the window glass, then remove the tape (red arrow), slowly lower window glass into door cavity.

I like to place a rag at bottom of door (red arrow) to pad glass at bottom of door.
Figure 2

I like to place a rag at bottom of door (red arrow) to pad glass at bottom of door.

Working at the inside of the door window trim, pull out the center rivet and remove the plastic rivet anchor (red arrow).
Figure 3

Working at the inside of the door window trim, pull out the center rivet and remove the plastic rivet anchor (red arrow).

Working at the outside corner of the door window trim, pull out the center rivet and remove the plastic rivet anchor (red arrow).
Figure 4

Working at the outside corner of the door window trim, pull out the center rivet and remove the plastic rivet anchor (red arrow).

Next you will have to disconnect the window trim from the window guide (red arrow).
Figure 5

Next you will have to disconnect the window trim from the window guide (red arrow). Roll the trim toward the vehicle interior and unclip, working your way toward the top. Let it hang in place.

Working at the inside of the window frame, pull the trim toward the vehicle exterior (red arrow) and roll the trim off the window seal.
Figure 6

Working at the inside of the window frame, pull the trim toward the vehicle exterior (red arrow) and roll the trim off the window seal.

Then, continue to pull the trim off detaching the clips (red arrows).
Figure 7

Then, continue to pull the trim off detaching the clips (red arrows).

Working at the edge to the door, use a plastic prying tool and lever the trim straight off to detach the clips (red arrow).
Figure 8

Working at the edge to the door, use a plastic prying tool and lever the trim straight off to detach the clips (red arrow).

Then work your way around the window frame, peeling the trim off and remove (red arrow) it.
Figure 9

Then work your way around the window frame, peeling the trim off and remove (red arrow) it.

Remove the three window guide T20 Torx fasteners (red arrows).
Figure 10

Remove the three window guide T20 Torx fasteners (red arrows).

Pinch the window seal and pull out, use a plastic prying tool to hold it out as you work your way up detaching it.
Figure 11

Pinch the window seal and pull out, use a plastic prying tool to hold it out as you work your way up detaching it. Remove from guide and it lay aside. 

Push the window guide down about three inches until it clears the top of the seal (red arrow).
Figure 12

Push the window guide down about three inches until it clears the top of the seal (red arrow).

Then lift the guide up and remove at an angle (red arrow).
Figure 13

Then lift the guide up and remove at an angle (red arrow).

Remove glass at an angle from door (red arrow).
Figure 14

Remove glass at an angle from door (red arrow). Store door glass in a safe place.

Reverse steps to install glass.
Figure 15

Reverse steps to install glass. When installing guide, be sure to push it all the way to top of seal (red arrow). Then install one of the fasteners to hold it in place.

Cover seal in tire lube or dish soap, then push into guide.
Figure 16

Cover seal in tire lube or dish soap, then push into guide. Once in place, I use a plastic prying tool to press it in and confirm it is fully seated. Reverse remaining steps to reassemble door parts.


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