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Volume 7    Issue 5        September/October  2005

The Cutting Edge
    
New Car Installations

2005 Chevrolet Equinox
by Steve Coyle

Getting started:

In preparation for the windshield replacement, complete the following steps: Start by protecting the interior of the vehicle, seats and dash area. Remove the mirror by loosening the #15 torx screw. If the vehicle is equipped with On-Star, it is recommended the wiring harness be disconnected from the mirror to avoid damaging the mirror. 

Next, protect the exterior of the vehicle around the fender area. Remove the wipers by removing the 13-mm nuts and lifting the wiper arm off the post. Remove the bulb seal. The two-piece cowl is held in place with plastic cowl fasteners. Lift up the center of the fastener and remove the fastener from the cowl panel. There will be two fasteners on the driver’s side and four on the passenger side. There is also a #30 torx head screw in each end of the cowl panel that attaches the cowl to the side mouldings. 

Next, disconnect the wiper hoses and remove the cowl panel from the vehicle. The side mouldings are fastened using both #15 torx head screws and plastic fasteners. First, remove the five screws along the door jamb. Once the screws are removed grasp the moulding near the bottom and top and gently pull away from the vehicle to release the fasteners. The top moulding wraps around the glass. Pull the moulding away from the glass to remove it. The moulding will be damaged on removal and the new glass should come with the new moulding attached.

Removing the original windshield:
The top and both sides of the windshield can be cut with a cold knife or power cut-out tool. The adhesive along the top is inset, so a long cold knife blade will be needed. Use caution not to damage the interior A-pillar mouldings. Remove them prior to cut-out. The bottom of the windshield should be cut using a power tool. Use caution to prevent damage to the wiper linkage and setting blocks. Performance Achievement Group recommends using the full cut-out method, and the AGRSS standard requires it. 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 disturb the body paint.

Preparing for the new windshield:
Prime the pinchweld according to the 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 the adhesive manufacturer’s recommendations. The setting blocks are plastic and fastened to the vehicle using a two-faced tape. You may need to replace the setting blocks.

Placement of the new windshield:
Dry-set the windshield into the opening and adjust for proper alignment. Use a properly cut V notch tip to duplicate the original bead size. Apply the adhesive to the glass. The adhesive on this windshield is inset on the top and bottom of the glass. Be sure to duplicate the original size and location. Set the windshield into the opening using your dry-set marks. Be careful not to slide the windshield once it makes contact with the pinchweld. The glass sets very close to the fenders in the lower corners. Use caution during the setting process to avoid damaging the glass on the fender.

Finishing Touches:
Replace the cowl, bulb seal and then the side mouldings. Next replace the wipers. Reattach the mirror, test the wipers for travel, and test the defrosters. Clean and prep the vehicle. 

Information submitted by Eric Bradley, Auto Glass Specialists Inc., Sterling Heights, Mich. 

Steve Coyle is a technical trainer for Performance Achievement Group LLC in Madison, Wis.


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