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Hello. I have to replace my window regulator because the plastic roller broke, so the window will work.  I have it pretty much torn apart and noticed the glass came out of it's channels .  I can't seem to pull the glass window out because it binds on the track about half way.  How do I remove the tracks or channels so I can remove the glass.  I ordered two new fillers to replace the rusted ones, so I need to take the glass out nonetheless.  Thanks for any help

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Hi Woody,

         You got a nice job on your hands there!!

 Here is an answer for the 4 runner tailgate glass

 There are three arms to that Toyota regulator.

Two for the glass and one goes to the door and it is called the third arm. Remove the third arm bolts and the whole regulator should let the glass come down

Also I believe the Channels are Packed on!

The metal channel is not "glued" to the glass at the factory.  The bottom of the glass has a rubber gasket applied between the glass and channel before the channel is "pressed" onto the glass.  Over time these rubber gaskets typically remain where applied, but the metal channels for a number of reasons slide forward on the rubber gasket that is on the glass just far enough so that the guide on the end of the regulator arm falls out of the back end of the channel or breaks the roller completely as in your case.  

When the you need to completely remove this channel off the bottom of the glass, the simplest solution is to move the channel off the rubber gasket by sliding it off the glass horizontally.  But if they will not budge you may need to use a lubricant and let sit for a while and use a piece of wood on the channel and tap the wood with a hammer until they move. Now if the glass has been glued by someone and is not the pressed on type for any reason then your in for some tough going unless you get out your utility knife, with a ( NEW BLADE!!) Gloves, Goggles, and the King James version as back up!

If all else fails bring it to a Pro and he will get out the torch and heat it and pull and cut until it comes off, Not recommended for a layman !!. Once off clean Glass and when reinstalling the gasket before you slide the channel back on add a small amount of glue to the rubber and this should prevent the channel from sliding forward again in the future.

 Note: sliding the channel back into position may not be easy!  Your success will depend a lot on your level of skill and patience again you can always have a pro finish it.

Portions of statements from Ben B.

         Hope This Helps!  Derek =D



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