Volume 8, Issue 2        March/April 2006


T h e   C u t t i n g  E D G E                
n e w   c a r   i n s t a l l a t i o n s

2003 - 2005 Saab 9 - 3

by Steve Coyle


Always remember to protect the surfaces of the vehicle that could be damaged. The rear view mirror is not attached to the glass and does not require removal. Remove the wiper nut caps and the 13 mm retaining nuts. Remove the wipers from the vehicle. The side mouldings push into a retainer that is attached to the A pillar (see Fig. 1). Use a plastic stick or similar tool and pry upward on the moulding to release it from the retainer. The cowl is fastened using push-in fasteners that are attached to the bottom of the cowl panel (see Fig. 2). Remove the bulb seal along the front edge of the cowl panel and gently pry up on the panel to release. Pull the top molding away from the glass to remove.

PAG recommends using the full-cut out method. The Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standard (AGRSS®) requires this as well. With a cold knife or power cut-out tool, cut the glass free. After cleaning the pinchweld, remove the original urethane leaving a thin skin of well bonded urethane. Test the bond of the original adhesive by pulling on it as you are removing. Avoid unnecessary damage to the pinchwelds painted surface. 

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 theremoval process. The freshly cut urethane bed provides the best bonding surface. You will need to apply the top molding, then clean and prime the windshield according to the adhesive manufacturer’s recommendations being sure to duplicate the original bond line. Note that the adhesive does not follow the edge of the glass along the bottom (see Fig. 3).

Dry-set the windshield into the opening and adjust for proper alignment. The vehicle does not come with setting blocks. 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 the adhesive to the glass duplicating the original bond line. Set the windshield into the opening using your dry-set marks. Be careful not to slide the windshield once the adhesive makes contact with the pinchweld. 

Replace the cowl panels and exterior mouldings. Reinstall the wipers arms and test for proper alignment. Check the defroster, clean and prep the remainder of the vehicle and return to the customer. 

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

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