I need to replace this pivot shoe

A quick learner from Pasadena maryland says:
removed defective part by prying channels apart with flat "L" pry bar. Do I need to use the same procedure to replace the new part (15-173)?
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Dave Sr. from SWISCO responded:
There are a few different ways to replace pivot lock shoes. One way I do NOT recommend but used by some window contractors is to use a heat gun. You can use the low heat setting on a heat gun or hair dryer (be very careful because you can warp the vinyl track if you overheat it, if the vinyl track warps your window will not function properly).

Another way would be to cut out a notch in the track just large enough to fit the pivot lock shoe (again be very careful to only notch behind the window stops located at the top of the main frame for the bottom sash and the bottom of the main frame top sash, if you cut in the wrong area in the track, you will impede the operation of the window).

SWISCO also carries a tool called a jamb spreader 75-069. I highly recommend the jamb spreader, I have used it and I am very happy with its performance. When used properly, the jamb spreader can replace the pivot shoe with no damage to the window track. If you perform any work on your window yourself, always wear safety glasses. If you need help, call a local window repair contractor to assist you with your window repair.
A handy person from New York says:
How do I remove the plastic pivot shoe from an aluminum window? Do I just cut it or force it out with a screwdriver? If I do manage to get it out how do I replace it with the new part? Does it snaps back in?
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Dave Sr. from SWISCO responded:
On the aluminum window, first check to see that if there is a cut-out to remove the old shoe. Look behind the sash stops, you will find the sash stops in the top of the inside track for the bottom sash and the bottom of the outside track for the top sash. If there are no cut-outs you will have to make one. Possibly use a type of metal snips or a 'Dremel type tool' to cut the track. However, be careful not to cut too much of the track. Cut just enough to remove the old shoe and no longer than the sash stop so the cut-out will not interfere with the operation of the window. That way when you reinstall the sash stops, you will cover up the cut-outs. Take your time not to damage the window or hurt yourself in the process. Possibly get someone familiar with window repair work to do the job for you.
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