January/April 2001

The CuttingEDGE
    new car installations

2000 Honda Odyssey
by the Performance Achievement Group

1. Preparation:
In preparation for the windshield replacement, remove the mirror using a mirror removal tool or a small screwdriver. There are no wires attached to the mirror on this vehicle. To remove the wipers, lift the plastic covers to expose the 16-mm nuts, remove the nuts and lift the wiper arms off of the post. 

Next, remove the cowl. The top portion has cowl fasteners that expand when installed. To remove, gently pry up the center plug, then remove the entire fastener. The leading edge of the cowl under the hood has pushpins in the bulb seal, pry up and remove. The cowl panel can now be removed from the vehicle. This windshield has a three-sided wrap around moulding that was bonded to the glass. 

2. Removing the Original Windshield:

The windshield can be removed with the standard cold knife if you trim the back edge of the moulding away from the glass to give you access to the adhesive. Be very careful of the fender area, the roof and pillar posts while you are cutting out the glass. You may want to consider a power removal tool to cut out the glass. 

The Performance Achievement Group recommends using the full-cut out method Using a sharp chisel or utility knife, remove the adhesive. This will leave a thin skin of well-bonded urethane on the pinchweld. 

Be careful not to disturb the body paint. Once the glass has been removed and the urethane has been fully stripped, remove any contamination prior to priming the metal. 

3. 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. Prime the windshield in accordance with your urethane manufacturer’s specifications and remember to duplicate the exact placement as the original prime line. The new windshield already has the new moulding attached to the glass. 

4. Placement of the New Windshield:
Dry-set the windshield into the opening, being sure to properly adjust for proper alignment. 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 a high viscosity two-part adhesive to the glass . Set the windshield into the opening using your dry set marks for proper alignment, being careful not to slide the windshield once it makes contact with the pinchweld. 

Your urethane placement should duplicate the original placement. Set the glass with the dry set mark. Once the installation is complete, replace the cowl, wipers and the mirror. 

5. Finishing Touches:
Clean and prep the vehicle. Check the defroster for loose particles in the vents. Test the wipers for correct travel. Test installation with a leak detector and complete all documentation needed. 

This installation was provided by the Performance Achievement Group, an auto glass training company in Madison, Wis. This info is reprinted from TechPoints, a monthly newsletter available from the Performance Achievement Group.


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