E250 window cranks

How do I remove the window crank handles from a Ford E250?

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The right way: Go to a decent auto parts store and get the "Door trim and crank clip removal tool". One end looks like a two-pronged fork stamped out of heavy sheetmetal, with a funny W profile between the fork tines for pushing the tails of the bent-wire C-clip out of it's slot.
(The other end of the tool has a special prybar for getting door liner panels off the snap-in retainers without breaking too many of them - the replacement plastic pieces for the ones you do break are available at the dealer parts counter, and some auto parts stores stock those trim parts. IIRC AuVeCo makes them, they sell assortment kits to auto upholstery and body shops.)
The cheap way: Take a rag and work it under the handle like you are trying to buff the shaft - the ends snag the clip and pull it out of it's slot. You may have to finesse and play with it a while, and it may bend the C-clip or rip the rag, but it works.
Either removal method can cause the C-clip to go zinging off into the deep recesses of your garage at a high velocity, never to be seen again. ("Dammit, another trip to the store...")
So be ready for it, have another rag draped over the handle to trap the clip before it has a chance to run and hide.
--<< Bruce >>--
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