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Old 10-08-2014, 10:34 AM   #1
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Hard to open window....

Or main living area slider window is just simply a [ moderator edit ]to open. I have tried to apply some lubricant to make it easier but getting it to open more than several inches is almost impossible. Anyone have any ideas as to cause and a recommendation to resolve? Not sure if the window can be lifted out like screens can.

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Not sure how yours is made but in ours the track that the window slides in just lays in the window frame. Try lifting one end to see if there is any dirt under it that may be making it tight. I use candle wax to lubricate such things it works wonders on shade strings just rub it on once or twice a year.
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Not sure how yours is made but in ours the track that the window slides in just lays in the window frame. Try lifting one end to see if there is any dirt under it that may be making it tight. I use candle wax to lubricate such things it works wonders on shade strings just rub it on once or twice a year.
As does yours, ours seems to lay or ride in a channel which seems to be a felt like material. Everything really looks clean. Nothing different from the many other windows. This one is just especially difficult to open and one which needs to be easy as it is the main one behind the sofa.

It almost seems as though something is warped but not sure how that could be possible. While an older coach, it is in exceptional condition and nothing seems visually unusual.

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Also, they tend to get dirt,sand, and dust on all three sides of the window. I periodically take a brush and sweep back and forth, then vacuum the channel. The wax sounds like maybe a good idea, unless the wax were to melt and gum up with the dirt.

Try just cleaning it well with a brush and vacuum and see if that gains you the3 desired results.
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You say it's a large window. My guess is that the frame has collapsed to a certain degree (from the top down). If you can, you might try removing the window and file down the frame if it isn't just a glass insert.

You could also take a small jack, with wood between the top and bottom frame, and put a little pressure on the frame and see if you can open it back up.
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Spray Silicone Lubricant on the track.

Amazon.com: CRC 05074CA Heavy Duty Silicone Lubricant, 7.5 Wt Oz: Automotive
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Yeah, have done that several times without much of an improvement, if any. Can't believe the upper frame could have collapsed a bit, but sure is a devil to open much beyond 3 or 4 inches. Have to say I'm a little stumped. And it is the only window with this problem.
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Try taking one of the other windows out to see how they come out, maybe you can figure out how to take that one apart or what could be causing the problem.
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Also, they tend to get dirt,sand, and dust on all three sides of the window. I periodically take a brush and sweep back and forth, then vacuum the channel. The wax sounds like maybe a good idea, unless the wax were to melt and gum up with the dirt.

Try just cleaning it well with a brush and vacuum and see if that gains you the3 desired results.
That is what I did to mine a year ago. Then I sprayed the tracks with silicone lubricating spray. They are only now getting a bit hard to slide again, time for a repeat.
To the OP,IMO, do not use oils, grease, wax, etc it will combine with airborne dirt and grit to make a real mess.
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