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How-To: Reseal Ranger Rear Window '98-12

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Bulb blown?
 
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the lights shut off after some time with the doors open. its normal
 
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Nice write up. I did mine 2 or 3 years ago with butyl tape and it started leaking again. I used M6 which is butyl with a foam core today. I hope this is the last time I have to do it.
 
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So I did this to mine and seem to be running into an issue putting it back in. I used 3M window weld butyl 5/8 and after putting the window back in ang tightening down the nuts, I've got a gap all the way around the window. Maybe it will squish down more when the weather gets warmer? It's been about 60 in the afternoon. I tried popping the window back out.... Not a chance. Not without piano wire to cut it out.
Anyone else have this issue with the 5/8 butyl?
 
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I think 5/8 butyl is too thick. I know the M6 I used was around 3/8 or smaller. You may have to look around but I found a glass repair shop that sold me M6 which is what they use on the Ranger replacement rear windows. No leaks so far.
 
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I'll have to check around and see what I can find. I'm not sure I can get it back out now lol.
I think 5/8 is too thick too. Well now I do.
 

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I've had the same issue this spring, I had initially thought that it was the top brake/cargo lamp. I pulled it off and the inside foam gasket was weathered so bad that it had shrunk, I didn't want to wait for an order so I replaced the lamps and used some silicone around the inside edge, installed it and wiped the outside clean.

This solved 90% of my problem so it seems I will have to replace the window seal as well. Thank you for this guide, as I was a bit baffled and was ready to call a glass guy.

Thanks again, great guide :)
 
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Removing the seats makes the job easier. I am 6'2" so there was not a lot of room to move around in a regular cab Ranger.
 
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Title says 98-12 but it was the same for my 97. It was a real quick job for me since I already had the seats and headliner out. If yours is anything like mine the headliner is ruined and in need of recovering anyway. Might as well do it all at once.
 
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I recently replaced my 08 rear window with a slider, original window had 10 studs that use an 8mm nut. It was relatively easy except for the mess made by the old adhesive, black, gummy crap that gets on everything! Nasty!
 
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didnt wanna bump an old thread, but i wasnt allowed to post a new one...

2 parts;

1) Dont bother trying to do anything less than ripping your window out, its not worth it.




proof that no matter how well that caulking gets in there it wont seal...
and it was WAY easier to get the old gasket/seal off than it was to get the mess i made off.

2) it was mentioned that 3/8 (I used 3M Window-Weld from AdvanceAuto) was too big but didnt show why...
The window+seal dont fit flush with the body, might just be me, idk if you can get it soft enough to squish out or not...




I tighened them even and it still bowed a bit, but its as snug in there as i feel comfortable.
(the seal squished out from the back of the screw holes)

again might just be me, but in general, 3/8 is too big, but not TOO too big, if you get my drift

I want to say the only reason i didnt do it right in the first place is because i thought my bolts were kinda rusted and would snap off, which would have been no bueno... fortunately that wasnt that case.

PS: also, it was 9mm not 10
Do it right or not at all!
 
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Originally Posted by Jazz921 View Post
Well, i had the issue of my rear window leaking when it rained hard. I learned from a local body shop what to do to reseal the rear window and thought I would share. I know that this is how the rear windows on 98 up are but not sure for 93 to 97.


Materials needed,

1 roll of rear window seal

10mm wrench or socket

rag and alcohal


First off, I removed the jack cover and popped the retaining plugs from the side panels so I could pull the panels out far enough to get to the 8 bolts (3 along the top, 3 along the bottom and 1 in the center of each end) that hold the rear window in place. You also need to remove the coat hanger from the rear as well so you can get behind the headliner to get to the top bolts.

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The nuts that hold the rear windowin are 10mm.

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Once all the nuts are removed you can just push on the corners and around the edges to push the rear window out.

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The old seal peeled off really easy.

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Make sure to clean the seal area on both the window and the truck with alcohal and that you get all of the old seal removed.

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Once all of the old seal has been removed and the seal surface has been cleaned, its time to put the new seal on. It comes in a roll like shown and can be purchased from any body shop or glass installer.

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To start installing the seal, start in the center of the bottom of the window as shown putting the new seal down where the old was.

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Move along the seal surface area making sure to go to the outside of the bolts like shown until you get back to the starting point where you should overlap both ends about an inch or so for sealing them together.

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You are now ready to set the window back into place and reassemble. Dont over tighten the nuts. I snugged them all down and then gave them all about 3 more turns each. Then reassemble your interior and your done. Took me about 45 minutes from start to finish.
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psjbeisler, I did the same exact thing you did to reseal the rear sliding window against the cab body using 3/8 butyl tape. from what i have discovered is either the window frame is warped or the cab body is warped. no matter what i did i won't seal completely. my next step drill 2 additional holes for screws at top of frame to bring the window frame closer to cab body.
 
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The 3/8" butyl tape is too thick. Don't buy it. I've used it myself and talked to 3 body shops and they agreed with me. Buy 1/4" or 5/16" at most.

I'm doing one again today, and once again the 3/8" butyl tape is causing me major problems, but it's all the parts stores had locally. I've had the truck heater running for hours, and pushing like a madman, and it still won't lay in completely flat. I'm gonna win this battle, but it'll add another day to the project. My next trick will be a long 2x4 and some ratchet straps to add constant tension.


GB :)
 
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Originally Posted by Bird76Mojo View Post
The 3/8" butyl tape is too thick. Don't buy it. I've used it myself and talked to 3 body shops and they agreed with me. Buy 1/4" or 5/16" at most.

I'm doing one again today, and once again the 3/8" butyl tape is causing me major problems, but it's all the parts stores had locally. I've had the truck heater running for hours, and pushing like a madman, and it still won't lay in completely flat. I'm gonna win this battle, but it'll add another day to the project. My next trick will be a long 2x4 and some ratchet straps to add constant tension.


GB :)
Again, mine still doesnt sit flat either, although I have not had a single leak since. I did however find my 3rd brake light leaking, but a bit of dollar store craft foam made a great new gasket. We've had some heavy rain again recently as well and everything is still bone dry... Idk wat to tell ya
 
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I need to do this job as well. Can you update your pictures?
 
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I need to do this job as well. Can you update your pictures?
Done.
 
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I did this years ago... probably 5 years ago. Just recently during certain rains my passenger side rear headliner was getting wet...

I resealed the 3rd brake light which was in fact leaking a little... then months would go by and no leaks and then it would leak on the headliner again.
Finally took everything out from the cab and was looking while it was raining out. I am getting water by the one stud... So I'm pulling the window out in a few days to reseal with butyl tape. I can't remember what I used last time. I'm going to get the 5/16 this time around. I think what I had was not round but more flat and I had to roll it into a roll type size. Took way longer than needed.

But at the same time I'm wondering if I should just buy a whole new rear sliding window... The one in there now is 20 years old and is still functional. But wondering if it should just be replaced and use new tape on it.

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If it's anything like mine, the seals for the slider are probably junk. So it would be better to get a new slider, or at least one from a newer truck.
 
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Just looked at the seals and they are still rubbery. I've never had a leak at the window itself. Only seems like from this damn bolt that the butyl is probably crumbled or I didn't use enough in that area. I think my main problem was I used flat butyl tape instead of the round stuff. I just ordered the 3m 5/16" round so that should be better.

I'll update once it's done hopefully this weekend.

-Nigel
 
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My rear window finally pulled itself in to where 99% of it lays flat against the cab. Even with the 3/8" butyl rope. I'd still go with 1/4" if I had to do it over again.



GB :)
 
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I was super unsure which size to get. In fact looking at the stuff I have now I can't figure out what it is. I kept reading 3/8th was too big but 1/4 wasn't big enough, and kept seeing people recommend the 5/16th size. I am hoping the "rope" shape makes a difference. I know I ended up having to cut mine and I think even double it over just to be able to have it make contact with the body of the truck when I had it on the glass because I bought the flat stuff before. It's been a while so I don't remember.

-Nigel
 
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