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Old 01-11-2004, 03:49 PM   #1
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cockpit windows

I have been waiting for the day when I break either the drivers side or passenger side window trying to slide it open! I am sure that this will happen in front of my wife (isn't that the way it works?) Anyway I am sure that I am not the only one with this problem. Any thing to save me from an embarrasing moment?


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Old 01-11-2004, 03:53 PM   #2
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You have to take it out and clean the U channel. Incredible how fast and how much crud accumulates.

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Old 01-11-2004, 04:19 PM   #3
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Replace the Channel Liner

New Liner for the U channel is available, Sometime a slight "up" pressure on the latch helps on mine. A bit of lubrication may help, WD-40 or similar. (I really didn't say that, EVERYONE knows WD-40 is not a lubricant.)

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Old 01-16-2004, 08:25 PM   #4
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"You have to take it out and clean the U channel."

The windows in my 310 are worse than sticking, neither one will move. How do you go about taking them out?
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Old 01-17-2004, 08:50 AM   #5
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I've had trouble with mine too. The previous owner replaced the channel, but the windows still didn't slide well. I used a silicone spray and it seems to slide easier now. However, currently the latch itself sticks and won't unlock unless I pull it away from the window a little. I sure wouldn't mind power windows in my next motorhome!
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Old 01-17-2004, 08:43 PM   #6
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i need a lock for the drivers side. i bought two a couple years ago at jackson center and they now dont work , i cant get them to open.
the windows slide for a while if you spray the channel with silicone lube, and then the start sticking after a couple weeks.
the fuzzy channel needs replacing also.
be nice if someone did a detailed brief on how to and the doos and donts. dont break the glass as none is available except junk yards. a friend had his broke and it took a year to find a replacement.
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Old 01-18-2004, 07:50 PM   #7
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From memory I don't think the slide portion can be removed

I re-U channeled my Drivers side 3-4 months ago. This is how I did it.

With the window closed, pull the U channel from the front lower corner until I got to the sliding window. Cut the old channel off. CAREFULLY slide the window into the slot you just emptied. Pull the remaining U channel off back up to the back edge of the now open window. Cut this off too. CAREFULLY slide the window back toward the closed position. Remove the top front section of U Channel. I cut a section that was longer than the piece I just removed. This is going to create a seam, I planned it to be at the middle of the top of the sliding portion when closed. Slide the end over the top of the closed window until you can get the other end inserted into the track.

Slide the window into the open position again. Then using a section longer than necessary slip the new U channel under the bottom of the window from back to front. The U channel will fit, but you will have to work it some. You may have to lay the U channel in the groove part way back and slide the window glass on it, then pull it through with a pair of needle nose pliers, or work it using the sliding back and forth of the glass. Your goal is to have a single piece from lower front up to the seam at the top.
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Old 01-19-2004, 10:26 AM   #8
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Here is a link to info on the use of a rubber repacement channel that Peter bought from his local glass guys.Window channel

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