Before power windows were all the rage, vehicle windows needed to be manually rolled down via the use of a window crank. People who opt for manual windows in some newer cars or who drive in older vehicles will know what we're talking about. Picking out a window crank that suits your ride is a simple enough a fair-but there are still a few talking points worth sorting through.
A point on attachment
Fit is not so much a problem per se when it comes to window cranks-they are pretty much the same sizes overall. They only really differ in the way they are attached to the door itself. This is very important to note as these spell the difference between a crank that fits and a crank that you'll have to return at great hassle and expense to yourself.
- The Slap-On: This type of crank is attached to the door of the car via a notched protrusion. We've called it a slap-on because installation is as simple as a few hammer taps. This surprisingly secure as it is anchored by the bulk and mass of the door itself. You'll know that this is the type that you will need because your handle itself will have no screw attachment points.
- The Screw-In: This is a much older kind of crank that relies on an old-fashioned method of attachment, the humble screw. Apart from the fact that it uses a much larger and longer screw, the principle is pretty much the same. Some might say this is more secure that a slap-on, but the truth is that they basically work in the same way!
Whether slapped-on or screwed-in, there is standardization within each category-such that you can afford to be a little more creative in choosing the design of the window crank. Tired of just the plastic look, why not go for a metallic one? Just remember that the only limit is how it is attached to your car's door. Everything else is up to you!