The Cutting EDGE
new car installations
2000-02 Jaguar S-Type
by Jeff Ritchie and John Duff Racine
I. Getting Started:
The mirror and the plastic hub are in one piece. Grab the hub and slide the plastic cover downward to remove. The rain sensor is hidden under the plastic hub. Remove the rain sensor by disconnecting two wires and pulling the two green tabs outward from the side of the bracket. The new windshield has a bracket attached to the glass, so position the rain sensor onto the new bracket and push in the green tabs to hold the sensor into place.
Remove the interior A-pillar trim which is held on with three metal retaining clips. Disconnect the wires of the heated wiper park elements.
Remove the side trim by pulling back the rubber door seals, exposing four screws. Remove the four screws and lift off the moulding. The top moulding is a wrap-around style with a metal center, so trim off the layover flap, leaving the majority of the moulding on the glass.
Remove the wipers by removing the cap and then the 13-mm nut. To remove the cowl, remove seven caps to expose seven T-20 Torx screws. Also, remove eight push-pin retainers along the bottom edge of the cowl piece. Remove the fitted fender to cowl corner pieces. These corner pieces should be put into place first before installing the cowl.
II. Removing the Original Windshield:
The cold knife is used on all four sides. We recommend using the full-cut-out method. Using a sharp chisel or utility knife, remove the adhesive, leaving a thin skin of well-bonded urethane on the pinchweld. Be careful not to damage the body paint.
III. Preparing for the New Windshield:
Prime the pinchweld according to your adhesive manufacturer's specifications. Concentrate only on any areas of the paint that may have been scratched or damaged during the removal process. The freshly cut urethane bed provides the best bonding surface. Allow proper time for the primers to cure. Clean and prime the windshield according to adhesive manufacturer's recommendations.
IV. Placement of the New Windshield:
Dry-set the windshield into the opening. There were no setting blocks, so we set the glass with two technicians. We adjusted for proper alignment and made our setting marks along the top of the windshield. Remove the windshield and set it on a cradle with the inboard lite in the upright position. Use a properly cut V-notch tip to duplicate the original bead size. Apply the adhesive to the glass. Set the windshield top first using your dry-set marks for proper alignment, being careful not to slide the windshield once it makes contact with the pinchweld. Tape the glass to the roof temporarily until the urethane cures.
V. Finishing Touches:
Re-install all parts in reverse order making sure to reconnect and test the rain sensor and the heated wiper park elements. Clean and detail the vehicle.
Reports from the field
Always wear eye, hand and wrist protection while working on the vehicle. Inform the vehicle owner of the cure time and any other additional precautions before installation. Always return the vehicle to manufacturer’s specifications. Protect all interior and exterior portions of vehicle to prevent any damage.
Jeff Ritchie and John Duff Racine work for The Performance Achievement Group, an auto glass training company in Madison, Wis. This info is reprinted from TechPoints, a bi-monthly newsletter available from PAG.
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