Volume 15, Issue 1 - January/February 2013

The Cutting Edge
new car installations

2013 Subaru Tribeca
by Jamie Browning

1. Getting Started: For vehicle and glass preparations, 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 moulding. Subaru recommends disconnecting the negative battery cable for vehicles equipped with an RCD rear view mirror.

First, remove the rear view mirror by gently sliding the mirror cover apart to access the electrical plug and carefully disconnect it. Tilt the mirror upward, loosen the T20 set screw, and slide the mirror upward off of the bracket. To remove the A-pillar covers start by removing the square cover at the top and removing the bolt securing the cover. There will also be one additional clip closer to the bottom that will come off with little pressure. On the passenger’s side unplug the heated wiper park area and set the covers on a clean surface. Moving to the outside of the vehicle remove the wiper nut covers and remove the wiper nuts noting the driver’s side and passenger’s side. To remove the cowl panels first remove the weather strip being careful not to break the retaining clips. Next slide the panel down and toward the engine releasing the plastic fingers.

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. Keep in mind that there is not just one correct method of removal. Technicians should use the tool with which they feel 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 for proper drying 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. Subaru uses a 10 millimeter tall by 9 millimeter wide tip cut at a 60 degree angle. 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. Torque Specs: Wiper arm nuts- 31Nm (22.9 ft-lbs)

5. Finishing Touches: Install the cowl, wipers and mirror in reverse order. Be sure to check the operation of the electronic mirror (if equipped) and wiper operation before returning the vehicle to the owner. 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, VIN number, and primers as well as the DOT number from the windshield.

Jamie Browning was the gold medalist in the 2009 Auto Glass Technician Olympics. He has more than 17 years of experience in the industry.

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