Extreme care must be taken when removing, installing or resealing a windshield. The windshield will crack if a stress in the wrong direction is exerted, even if the pressure is very slight. Undesirable stress on the windshield could take place during a number of operations. Damage could occur days after the repair has been completed, caused by the body of the vehicle flexing during normal vehicle operation, or during the removal of the outer moldings before any repair work has been done. This should be realized before the job of removing a windshield is undertaken.
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
- Remove front pillar inner garnish. Pry out 2 clips by your hand. Pull the garnish upward to remove it.
- Remove the following parts: inner rear view mirror, sun visors and holders, assist grip, roof side rail garnish, sun roof switch, trim molding, hood and wiper arms.
- Remove windshield molding.
- Remove clips. Be careful not to damage the clips when removing them from around the glass. It is not necessary to remove the fasteners, but damaged fasteners should be replaced.
Remove windshield glass:
- Push piano wire through from the interior.
- Tie both wire ends to a wooden block or like object.
- Cut the adhesive by pulling the piano wire around it.
- Remove the glass. Leave as much of the adhesive layer on the body as possible when cutting off the glass.
Clean and shape contact surface of body:
- Remove any dam remaining on the body.
- Cut away any rough areas with a knife, leaving as much adhesive layer on the body as possible.
- Clean the cut surface of the adhesive with a piece of cloth saturated in cleaner. Even if all the adhesive has been removed, clean the body.
- If necessary, replace fasteners.
- Clean removed glass before installation by using a scraper to remove the adhesive sticking to the glass. Clean the glass with a piece of cloth saturated in cleaner.
Position glass as follows:
- Place the glass with the stoppers onto the body in correct position.
- Check that all contacting parts of the glass rim are perfectly even and do not make contact with the molding fasteners.
- Make reference marks between the glass and body.
- Remove the glass.
- Clean the contact surface of the glass.
- Apply double stick tape at a point 0.28 in. (7mm) from the glass rim. Place a dam on the double stick tape, cutting a V-wedge into the corner folds of the dam. Do not touch the glass face after cleaning it.
- Coat the contact surface of the body with primer "M", using manufacturer's instructions.
- Coat the contact surface of the glass with primer "G", using manufacturer's instructions.
- Mix adhesive coating, according to manufacturer's directions.
- Apply the adhesive, coating the glass with the adhesive on all contact surfaces along with ridge.
Install the glass:
- Position the glass so that the reference marks are lined up and press in gently along the rim.
- Using a spatula, apply adhesive to the glass rim. Remove any excess or protruding adhesive.
- Fasten the glass securely until the adhesive sets.
- Check for leaks and seal with an automotive glass sealer.
- Install the windshield molding.
- Install the remaining parts in the reverse order or removal.