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Old February 13th, 2013, 06:15 PM   #1
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Why won't the rear window come out?

Is there any reason/issue associated with my RT/10 rear glass not wanting to come out? I put the little key (tried both) in the locks and they won't budge...even bent one slightly. Could the locks be seized as a result of the original senior citizen owner never having removed the glass? Aside from this, my wonky door solenoid (i'm guessing) and a 3/4 inch hood gap on the pass side which needs an adjustment, my car is in as-new condition. I understand it's a 12 year old car and it will have some issues, but it is as clean as one could hope for, and the rear glass thing is really strange.

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Old February 13th, 2013, 06:23 PM   #2
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The window comes out from the inside of the car...is that how you are trying to take it out?
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Old February 13th, 2013, 06:36 PM   #3
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Use a bigger hammer...
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Old February 13th, 2013, 07:04 PM   #4
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..is it the right key? My 2001 comes out with zero problems. There are some snaps on the interior, but the locks need to be opened first.
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Old February 13th, 2013, 07:35 PM   #5
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The window comes out from the inside of the car...is that how you are trying to take it out?
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..is it the right key? My 2001 comes out with zero problems. There are some snaps on the interior, but the locks need to be opened first.
I've seen the owner's vid and know how to remove it. When I turn the key in each lock it is supposed to unlock and then tilt towards the inside of the vehicle to be removed. My issue is that when I turn the keys, the latches inside move slightly, but dont seem to want to disengage. Has anyone ever dealt with this issue? If the battery dies (mine is on a tender at the moment) and the top is on and windows up, I won't be able to get in and use the emergency door releases.

Any other ideas?
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Old February 13th, 2013, 07:39 PM   #6
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I wonder if your car was rekeyed
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Old February 13th, 2013, 07:41 PM   #7
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I would spray some penetrating oil in the lock and try it again tomorrow.
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Old February 13th, 2013, 09:00 PM   #8
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I would spray some penetrating oil in the lock and try it again tomorrow.
^^^^^^^^^^^^this^^^^^^^^^^^

Or you have the wrong key. If you end up using a big hammer, I have a rear Gen II window I will sell and a small nominal fee............................
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Old February 19th, 2013, 06:27 PM   #9
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I had this happen.
Just bought the car and had the same issue- thought it was a bad key.

Turns out someone had installed the window locks swapped left to right.
The plastic shroud on the inside has a channel for the latch to only go one way- when they were swapped they were blocking the latch from turning the correct way to unlatch the window from the frame.

Just take them out from the inside.
Pop off the cap with a flat screwdriver, then remove the nut holding the latch.
Takes all of 1 minute.
You'll now be able to remove the window.

The locks are easy to disassemble once its out- check to see if the shrouds were swapped.
Its pretty easy to see if it is.

Good luck.
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Old February 20th, 2013, 12:14 PM   #10
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Anyone replace the seal on that window? Mines half rotted, can a auto glass company fix it?
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Old February 20th, 2013, 02:10 PM   #11
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Here's a link to a DIY from a VCA guy. If you want to do it yourself...

Replacing the rear window seal on a Gen 2 Dodge Viper
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Old February 20th, 2013, 03:38 PM   #12
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Here's a link to a DIY from a VCA guy. If you want to do it yourself...

Replacing the rear window seal on a Gen 2 Dodge Viper
Thanks for the link!
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Old February 20th, 2013, 05:05 PM   #13
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I had this happen.
Just bought the car and had the same issue- thought it was a bad key.

Turns out someone had installed the window locks swapped left to right.
The plastic shroud on the inside has a channel for the latch to only go one way- when they were swapped they were blocking the latch from turning the correct way to unlatch the window from the frame.

Just take them out from the inside.
Pop off the cap with a flat screwdriver, then remove the nut holding the latch.
Takes all of 1 minute.
You'll now be able to remove the window.

The locks are easy to disassemble once its out- check to see if the shrouds were swapped.
Its pretty easy to see if it is.

Good luck.
Rick
Thanks Rick!

As soon as I got home I took a closer look and it appears I have the same issue. The key makes the latch move in a direction opposite to the channel. I'll tackle this once I'm able to move the car outside to allow myself more room to work. Dirtysocks was over, took apart my driver's door, and figured out my doorlock issue - I have parts strewn about my garage at the moment. Turns out many of you were right...5 split wires inside the loom. He's building me a new wiring harness to avoid future problems. Guy knows his shit!!
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Old February 20th, 2013, 06:21 PM   #14
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So following pilotrick's advice, I took apart the latches which lock the rear window in place, and swapped them...Problem solved!! Well, aside from the old cracked and split gasket which will need replacing that is. Still have no idea how this could have happened...installation error at the factory?? I see no other explanation

Thanks again Rick!!
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