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Re: Removing Windshield
Removing the windshield is a major PITA because it is bonded into the
frame. You have to cut it out with a wire or other sharp and unpleasant
implement. It's a lot easier to have a glass shop cut it out and set it back
into the frame loose. You can then (carefully) drive it home (easy on the
brakes!), take it out, sandblast & repaint the pinchweld, set the windshield
back in, back to the glass shop, & have them put in the new glass. You
generally pay for the removal in the glass shop price anyway.
I just had this done on my '91 200q for the same reason; a past glass
replacement had cut through the paint and galvanizing and the rust was
getting a firm foothold under the glass seal. A lot of bodyshops use the
above removal & replacement procedure for this type of repair because most
glass shops won't do house calls.
From: Mark Pollan <Mark.POLLAN@mci.com>
Date: Wednesday, January 28, 1998 10:17 PM
Subject: Removing Windshield
>I've decided to replace my windshield that is pitted from at least
>175K miles of use. I believe it was replaced before based on the way
>the adhesive is gobbed in some places and the rust on the inside of
>the pillar. Theory that when replacing the windshield some monkeys
>scratched through the galvanization.
>Anyway, I want to pull the window myself, fix the rust spots and have
>a glass shop put a new one in. Ant BTDTs on removing the windshield
>_without_ special VW tool XXXX?
>Mark Pollan, '86 5KCSTQ 245K Miles of which 175K are mine.