The Cutting Edge
new car installations
2010 Dodge Challenger
by Jamie Browning
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 the vehicle to prevent any
1. GETTING STARTED:
For vehicle and glass preparation please 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. Also look for any distortion, scratches or defects on the glass
or underside moulding.
If the vehicle is equipped with an electrochromic or telematic mirror,
disconnect the negative battery cable. Unplug the wiring harness located
on the back side of the mirror assembly and unscrew the T20 torx set screw
holding the mirror assembly. Remove the nut covers on the wipers and the
15-mm nuts. Using a suitable puller, remove the wipers and set them aside,
marking the drivers and passenger side for correct reinstallation. Remove
the two push-style pins that secure them to the fender (these are located
at the end of the cowl). Use a #2 Phillips screwdriver to turn the two
plastic screws located at the top of the cowl 90 degrees to the left,
being careful not to strip them. Remove the six push-style pins that secure
the cowl (located along the strut tower brace) and place the cowl in a
2. REMOVING THE WINDSHIELD:
For the sides and top of the windshield, a cold knife or power tool can
be used as well as wire. For the bottom, a power tool or wire can be used,
but the hood does not allow for the use of a cold knife along the bottom.
Keep in mind that there is not one correct method of removal; the technician
should use the tool with which he feels most comfortable and the one that
achieves a safe removal (both for the vehicle and the technician).
3. PREPARING FOR THE NEW WINDSHIELD:
Trim the existing urethane bead, leaving it 1 to 2 millimeters in height.
Use your adhesive manufacturer’s pinchweld primer to prime all scratches,
if any exist, and allow to dry, according to your adhesive manufacturer’s
recommendations. Please note that only the full-cut method is permitted
by the AGRSS/ANSI 002-2002 Standard.
4. PLACEMENT OF THE NEW WINDSHIELD:
Dry-fit the new windshield and mark it properly to ensure the correct
setting procedure. Prepare the windshield according to your adhesive manufacturer’s
recommendations, and then apply the adhesive and install the windshield.
Make sure the deck height is correct and the markings on the windshield
line up with those on the body that were applied during the dry set.
5. FINISHING TOUCHES:
Install the cowl, wipers and mirror in reverse order from removal and
torque the wiper nuts to 13-foot pounds. Check for any leaks and be sure
to inform the vehicle owner of the safe drive-away time, according to
the adhesive manufacturer. Also be sure to record all lot numbers from
the adhesive and primers as well as the DOT number from the windshield.
wJamie Browning was the winner of the 2009 Pilkington Classic Auto Glass
Technician Olympics. He has more than 17 years’ experience in the industry.
Mr. Browning’s opinions are solely his own and not necessarily those of
Jamie Browning was the winner of the 2009 Pilkington Classic Auto
Glass Technician Olympics. He has more than 17 years’ experience in the
industry. Mr. Browning’s opinions are solely his own and not necessarily
those of this magazine.
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