Volume 15, Issue 6- November/December 2013

new car installations

2013 Honda Ridgeline
by Jamie Browning

1. Getting Started:
F For vehicle and glass preparations please refer to AGSC/ANSI/AGRSS™ 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. Please note that testing the rain sensor before starting the install is recommended.

If the vehicle is equipped with a compass mirror, make sure the ignition is off. Using a plastic trim removal tool slide the wire cover up and remove. If equipped with a compass, unplug the harness located on the back of the mirror and grab the mirror at its base. Turn the mirror 90 degrees left or right to remove. To remove the A-pillar cover on the passenger side, first remove the grab handle by removing the two screw covers and then loosen the mounting screws with a No. 3 Phillips. Remove the handle and pull back the weather strip down the outer edge.

Carefully pull the cover to detach the clips. For the driver side, pull back the weather strip along the edge and carefully pry the small cover off while releasing the hooks. Carefully pry back the A-pillar cover and set aside. Moving to the wiper arms, you will want to mark the driver side after removing to ensure proper replacement. Pry off the wiper nut covers and remove the wiper nuts. Gently press on the spring loaded arm to release the wiper from the post. Disconnect the washer tube on the passenger side and remove the two black clips holding the passenger side cowl panel in place. Next remove the five black clips holding the driver side in place. Use caution when removing the cowl as not to damage the rubber ends on the panel.

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 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 for the vehicle and the technician. Note: If the new windshield does not have the lower retainer made for it you will need to reuse the old one.

3. Preparing for the New Windshield
Trim the existing urethane bead, leaving it 1 to 2 mm 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 AGSC/ANSI/AGRSS™ 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. Cut the urethane tip to provide a bead that is 13-mm high and 8-mm wide. 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 in reverse order making sure there is a positive connection between the cowl and the windshield. To install the wipers hold the arm in place while torqueing the nuts to 30 Newton Meters (22 lb ft). Install the A-pillar covers noting the tabs have to be installed before the retainers. Press the cover into place and tighten the screws by securing the grab handle. Install the mirror in reverse order and turn the mirror in a twisting motion to lock in place. Be sure to check the 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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