Rear quarterlights are found behind the rear passenger doors on a four-or
five-door car or behind the side doors on a two- or three-door car. Some open,
Although quarterlights are generally troublefree, there are occasions when
you may want to remove one, such as if the glass is broken, the opening handle
is faulty or the weatherseal is leaky.
Types of quarterlight
Rear quarterlights fall into two types, opening and fixed.
Many quarterlight assemblies are only available as a complete replacement
unit. Check with your dealer before starting work.
Replacement pins for the hinges or toggle-type handles are usually
available. The pins are often retained by circlips. Some windows are not
with true hinges but have simple lugs that fit into holes in the car body.
If the glass has broken it is a good idea to fit a new weather
fragments of broken glass in the old seal could break the new glass as it is
An opening quarterlight has its handles and hinges attached in one of
several ways. They may be fixed to a surrounding
or to the glass itself,
and they may be riveted, glued or held with screws. You must take great care
not to break the glass when removing and replacing the attachments.
Removing and replacing fixed type
Fixed quarterlights are held in a weatherseal which fits to the aperture
in the car body.
If the glass has broken, remove all the fragments to avoid injury. Then
remove the seal by carefully pulling it off the lip on the bodywork.
If the glass is intact you will need a helper to get it out. Get your
helper to support the outer side of the glass while you push it firmly with
the palm of your hand. Do this at the corner of the glass with the
greatest angle. This will pop the glass out of the seal at that corner.
Then work your way around the glass, pushing firmly until it comes free.
Then pull off the seal.
To refit the glass, apply a
of sealing mastic around the inner
channel of the seal (where the glass fits), then fit the glass into the
Apply mastic to the seal outer channel and thread a stout cord around
the channel so it crosses over at the bottom of the glass with about 9in
(23cm) free at each end.
Position the top edge of the window and seal in place on the lip of the
aperture. Get your helper to lightly press the bottom of the seal inwards
into position to butt up against the aperture lip. Make sure the free ends
of the cord are now inside the car.
Pull on one end of the cord so the inner weatherseal lip is pulled over
the lip on the body aperture.
Repeat the operation for the other side of the window until the whole of
the inside lip of the weatherseal is located over the aperture. Press the
window so it is seated firmly in place.
Removing and replacing hinge type
Removing and replacing the hinged type rear quarterlight is usually
quite a simple job. Start by opening the window and, with a helper to
support the window, undo the screws securing the catch handle to the body.
Now release the fastenings holding the quarterlight hinges to the body
and lift the window away.
Some cars allow you simply to pull the glass out after the rear catch
handle has been removed.
If you need to remove the handle or hinges inspect them to see how they
are attached. Not all types can be removed.
If the glass has a surrounding frame the attachments may be riveted or
screwed to it. Others may be fixed to the glass itself and held with
adhesive or by screws that pass through the glass.
If glued attachments have become loose you can reglue them with special
glass bonding glue (see Bodywork 56 and 57).
If the pins for the hinges or handle are worn or broken, find out if
replacements are available before removing them. If replacement pins are
not available you'll have to replace the entire hinge or handle.
Remove the pins by releasing the circlips (if fitted) and carefully
tapping them out of the fixing with either a pin punch or a nail and
hammer. Fit the new pins in the same way.
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You do not always need to replace a component that is worn, damaged or
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