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Window Winder mechanism

Alan

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I hope I have successfully managed to repair my window winder.
It took some time and a bit of drilling, welding and cleaning.

It is possible to turn the bottlebrush winder insert around as the first half essentially remains unused and when turned around is a fix for the winder mechanism.
You will need to drill out the spot welds and pry open the crimped part that holsd the insert.
Clean the insert with a solvent (I used mineral turpentine).
Insert the other end into the clamp and crimp it closed again before welding the part back onto the window fixture.
Before replacing the insert I lubricated the channel as well as the insert with PTFE powder spray. (Liqui Moly product)
While I was at it I cleaned the window properly as well as all the channels. The channels I want to lubricate with silicon spray.

And as a bonus to my G I also cleaned the lock and re lubricated everything there as well.
 

Andrew

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Well done Alan. I often wondered if this was possible. They are pricey things these days.
 
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I hope I have successfully managed to repair my window winder.
It took some time and a bit of drilling, welding and cleaning.

It is possible to turn the bottlebrush winder insert around as the first half essentially remains unused and when turned around is a fix for the winder mechanism.
You will need to drill out the spot welds and pry open the crimped part that holsd the insert.
Clean the insert with a solvent (I used mineral turpentine).
Insert the other end into the clamp and crimp it closed again before welding the part back onto the window fixture.
Before replacing the insert I lubricated the channel as well as the insert with PTFE powder spray. (Liqui Moly product)
While I was at it I cleaned the window properly as well as all the channels. The channels I want to lubricate with silicon spray.

And as a bonus to my G I also cleaned the lock and re lubricated everything there as well.
Hi Alan
Useful information there, thanks and well done. I am sure it will help many G Owners. I have bought a new unit at the agents at R3000 plus VAT, total about R3500. Took about a week to arrive.

Was desperate since it seized completely and I was competing in an event. Used unit was available at R2500 so I thought I would buy new.

I am looking for the black cap or cover for the window winder handle. If anyone has please advise.
 
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When I priced a new winder for my 463 I was quoted 2475.00 ex VAT and ex Germany.
This was about a week ago.
Hi Alan
The prices fluctuate all the time, I seem to have rounded off the figure.
I paid 2nd 2 853-58 ex VAT in June. Great work on the refurbishment, will try that in future. I need to clean my ML250 window channel it squeaks so I will start with getting the products together.
 

460LeoG

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