Toyota Corolla 1970-1987 Repair Guide

Back Window Glass



See Figure 1

Extreme care must be taken when removing, installing or resealing a rear glass. The rear glass will crack if a stress is exerted in the wrong direction, even if the pressure is very slight. Undesirable stress on the rear glass 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 rear glass is undertaken. If you are in doubt, refer all glass work to reputable glass repair shop

  1. Remove the rear seat and the rear cushion (on sedan and coupe models only) from the vehicle.
  3. Remove the wiper arm, if so equipped. Remove the inner roof garnish and back door trim panel (on station wagon models only).

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Fig. Fig. 1: Tailgate glass components-most models similar

  1. On all models so equipped, disengage the rear window defogger electrical connection.
  3. Remove the interior assist grips and the rear portion of the headlining.
  5. Using a knife, remove the back window molding by cutting off the lip portion of the molding which is over the glass.
  7. Remove the back glass in the same manner as the front windshield (using tool made from piano wire-refer to the procedure earlier in this section for details) and remove the glass retainers.

To install:
  1. Clean all adhesive off of the body of the vehicle. Clean all contact surfaces with an appropriate cleaner.
  3. Remove all old fasteners and replace with new parts.
  5. Clean the removed glass of all adhesive and clean with an appropriate cleaner. Do not touch the contact area after cleaning.
  7. Install new retainers to their original location.
  9. Position the glass onto the vehicle making sure all contacting parts on the glass are perfectly even and don't make contact with any fasteners.
  11. Mark the position of the glass and remove.
  13. Clean the contact surfaces of the glass.
  15. Install the air dam with double tape making sure not to touch the glass.
  17. Using a brush, coat the contact surface on the body with the appropriate primer according to manufactures instructions. Repeat the procedure using the appropriate compound on the glass.
  19. Apply the glass adhesive to the contact points on the body in a bead 0.39 in. (10mm) thick.
  21. Install the glass aligning to the reference marks. Insure the correct sealing of the air dam. (lip curling downward and in the bead of sealer)
  23. Apply a slight downward pressure on the glass to set into position. Using a spatula, apply adhesive to the outer rim of the glass.
  25. Remove any excess sealer. Fasten glass securely until sealer sets. Water test once the sealer is fully dry.
  27. If no leaks are present, carefully install the moldings, interior components, trim panels and wiper arm if so equipped.