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    Hi there all.
    I just had the rear glass in my'94 Buick Century wagon shatter and may have located a replacement at the local junk yard. My questions concern the proper way to replace it with the original fasteners. Sequence, if any? Torque requirements if any? How to remove the nut strut from the remaining glass?

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    there's no real torque requirements, or sequence to it..you would be better off getting the hinges off the frame first instead of driving out the roll pins holding the hinges...i think that is all you really need, your car has the double opening tail right? can open glass separately from the main gate? if its just the glass, you can replace it; depending on if your car has a "wing" or not, the bolts on the hinges will come off pretty easily...the gas strut, i think its held by a clip or two....I was able to remove the glass from the strut...you should be lucky not to have a light attached to the glass like some other cars....
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    Thanks Camodeafie,
    It does have the CHISL and defroster. I was able to remove the spoiler bolts and the stop light. I am not sure if the window I will be getting on Monday will have the strut stud in it or not. I was wondering if the stud nut was left or right handed thread and do not want to mess it up too badly with gripping it with channel locks.

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    Steve

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    its standard RH threading
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    Factory service manual says the screws holding the glass to the hinges get tightened to 80 INCH pounds.
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    The glass the junk yard had was from, get this, '89 chevy celeberty wagon. It matched perfectly with the wing, defroster and CHSL. Was able to install it and every thing works. Just need to pull the interior cover and replace it so the interior still matches.

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    hey man go grab yourself one of those 20$ tool kits with a ratchet and sockets and some cheapo screwdrivers, you cant be doin this stuff with vice grips, lol
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