The Cutting Edge
new car installations
2011 Honda CR-Z
by Jamie Browning
For vehicle and glass preparation, it is important to refer to AGRSS/ANSI
002-2002 as well as your adhesive manufacturer’s recommendations. Inspect
the windshield for defects and any contamination that may compromise the
bonding of the adhesive. Honda recommends the removal of the following
parts for a safe install: rearview mirror, hood hinge cover, both side
windshield mouldings, cowl panel, wipers and both roof mouldings.
To remove the windshield side mouldings, lift up on them at the top and
slide them up toward the roof. This will leave the clips still on the
car and they can be removed by turning them 90 degrees. The rearview mirror
is the normal Honda style and can be removed by turning the base 90 degrees
in either direction. To remove the wiper arms, set them to the auto-stop
position and start by removing the driver’s side first. Remove the caps
and wiper nuts and gently press at the hinge on the wiper to remove them.
To remove the cowl panel, remove the rubber seal along the bottom of the
cowl, detach the clips, and disconnect the windshield washer tube. To
remove the roof moulding, use a plastic pry tool and carefully pry the
moulding up to release it from the front bracket and from the pin. Lift
up on the front of the moulding and pry the rear section to release the
rear bracket from the pin. The hood hinge covers are removed easily by
releasing the clips.
Removing the Windshield:
Any method of removal can be used as long as the technician can perform
the removal in a safe manner for the vehicle and him/herself. The factory
bead of urethane is small and can be cut easily with proper tool use.
Preparing for the New Windshield:
Trim the existing urethane bead to 1/16 of an inch or 1 to 2 millimeters.
Use your adhesive manufacturer’s pinchweld primer to cover any areas that
were scratched during the removal or trimming of the urethane bead and
allow to dry properly.
Placement of the New Windshield:
Dry-fit the new windshield and mark it so it can be placed correctly.
Use the dots on the new windshield as a guide for primer if required by
your adhesive manufacturer and prepare the new windshield according to
the adhesive manufacturer’s specifications. Apply the urethane using the
triangle bead per AGRSS methods. Make sure you have the correct deck height
and that the marks you applied during the dry-fit align with it and tape
the windshield into place.
Install the cowl panel in reverse order (don’t forget to hook up the windshield
washer tube) and install the wiper arms, making sure they are aligned
correctly, and torque the wiper nuts to 18 Newton meters (Nm) (13 foot
pounds). Install the roof mouldings and make sure the pins are held firmly
in place. Reinstall the clips for the side mouldings and snap the side
windshield moulding back into place. Slide the rearview mirror up onto
the bracket and turn 90 degrees to install.
Jamie Browning, the winner of the 2009 Pilkington Clear Advantage
Auto Glass Technician Olympics, is the owner of Browning Auto Glass in
Daniel Island, S.C. He has more than 17 years’ experience in the industry.
Mr. Browning’s opinions are solely his own and not necessarily those of
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