Chrysler Colt/Vista 1990-1993 Repair Information

Windshield

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1 through 5

You'll need an assistant for this job. A special kit is available for replacing glass. The references to adhesives and bonding agents contained in this procedure are taking for granted that this kit is being used. Aftermarket kits are also available which contain all the necessary equipment.

  1. On 1990-92 Colt hatchback and sedan models, remove the hood. Remove the wiper arms.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Windshield removal/installation - 1992-93 Vista



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Fig. Fig. 2: Cutting the adhesive with a wire



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Fig. Fig. 3: Installation dimensions - 1990-92 Colt hatchback and sedan

  1. Remove the rear view mirror and front pillar trim molding.
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  3. Cover the sheet metal around the windshield with masking tape to protect it from scratches.
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Fig. Fig. 4: Adhesive application



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Fig. Fig. 5: Windshield installation details - 1993 Colt hatchback and sedan

  1. Remove the windshield trim molding. It's best to use a tool made for that purpose, although it can be pried off. If a special tool is not used, it's very easy to damage the molding, so be careful!
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  3. Drill a small hole through the rubber weather-stripping at its base. Pass a length of piano wire through the hole. Wrap each end of the wire around a wood dowel. Grip one dowel in each hand, or have your assistant take one dowel, and, using a sawing motion, pass the wire all the way around the perimeter of the weather-stripping to cut through the sealer.
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  5. Remove the glass.
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  7. Using a sharp knife, cut away the old sealer so that a 1-2mm (0.039-0.079 inch) thickness of old sealer remains around the circumference of the frame. If the old sealer comes completely off in any spot, rebuild that spot to the 1-2mm (0.039-0.079 inch) thickness with new sealer.
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  9. Secure a new windshield trim dam to the glass with a glass cement. The new dam should be positioned so that its outer edge is 7mm (0.276 inch) from the edge of the glass, with the lip facing outward.
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  11. Apply a thin coat of primer to the bonding areas of the frame and glass. Allow the primer to dry for 30 minutes. Do not allow any dirt or dust to contact the primer while it's drying. If primer gets on your hands, wash it off immediately.
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  13. Cement the spacers to the frame.
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The upper and lower spacers are different. Don't get them mixed up.

  1. Install the molding clips. If any are defective, replace them.
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  3. Cut the nozzle of the sealer tube as illustrated, so that it will run along the edge of the glass.
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  5. Apply sealer around the whole circumference so that it will fill the gap between the dam and the edge of the glass, with a bead of sealer about 8mm (0.315 inch) high. Keep the bead smooth and even, shaping it with the spatula where necessary.
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  7. Open the door windows. Position the glass in the frame, pushing inward lightly to compress the sealer.
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  9. Trim away excess sealer and fill any gaps which may have appeared. Give the sealer at least 5 hours to dry at 68°F (20°C); 24 hours at 41°F (5°C).
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  11. Leak test the glass.
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