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Unread 04-19-2013, 07:06 PM   #1
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Leak from windshield

Yeah, Yeah, I know another thread about the windshield leaking. I get it. They leak, But what I have not found is how to get the trim off around the windshield so that I can fix the problem, I hate to screw that trim up and try to find a replacement for it. I have no clue what it takes to pull that off. Once its off, I know I can fix the problem easy.
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Unread 04-19-2013, 08:02 PM   #2
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Out of all the XJs I save from going to the scrapper each year I have had 2 that the windshields needed replaced. Because I do not do any kind of body work or wind shield replacement I take these to people who are in the business. I did watch one removal and install and they cut the rubber stripping out with a special knife. It might be worth the cash to you to use a glass replacement company to do the work. My observation was that it would be pretty hard to do without removing the rubber seal. They also use a sealant that is not readily available at hardware stores. When I worked at a RV repair shop we carried that in stock for sealing windows back up after their removal which is much easier than wind shield removal. You might find it at a RV dealer,keep in mind that it is a very messy sticky product that will quickly dry onto your paint if to much of it is used.
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Unread 04-19-2013, 09:00 PM   #3
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Thanks, I should have said that it is the chrome trim I want to get out of the way. I know about the sealant under the glass, I am pretty sure that there is a leak in that that I can repair, But I am not going to pay some jag some $180 to pull that off and put some of his RTV sealant on it. If I can do that instead.
If I can't, then I am stuck paying the price. But I will fight that as along as I can.
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Unread 04-19-2013, 11:47 PM   #4
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The metal trim only covers up the rubber seal. I wish you luck at trying to pull the edges of the seal up enough to get a good seal. BTW I get entire new glass installed for 180$ but that is a friend that is in the business.
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Unread 04-20-2013, 05:43 AM   #5
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So no one knows how to remove the chrome trim around the windshield?
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Unread 04-20-2013, 05:58 AM   #6
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So no one knows how to remove the chrome trim around the windshield?
Most have a chrome clip that covers the ends of the trim. I don't know if that is the same as yours. If it is pop the clip off and with a thin blade work an end free and carefully work the trim free.
Good luck you're going to need it.
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Unread 05-09-2013, 05:28 PM   #7
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Well since this heep is down for a while I decided to get to it on this one. Pretty simple once I started. Since I know I am going to the Junkyard this weekend I said the hell with it and pulled real hard on the trim on the drivers side. Once I was able to get a look at the clip, It was very easy to pop the trim off the side and then the top where the leak is. Once I had it off, I cut off the extra sealant that is there around the windshield so that I would have a good clean surface to deal with. I then washed it and scrubbed it with a brush and washed it again. Then I took the air hose to it to clean it and dry it good. While I was doing this I held my hand on the inside of the windshield and could feel right where the leak started and stopped. I was expecting a small spot, but it was about 4" long. Then I installed some RTV sealant that I have for other stuff. But I am sure will work. Pushed it in with a Popsicle stick and popped the trim back on. Its not dry yet, But I am sure that it is fixed!!
Here are some pictures of it.
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Unread 05-09-2013, 05:38 PM   #8
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Well the forum says the pics are to large to post. Will have to deal with this later.
Anyone know how I can learn to make a write up?? One that is text then a pic and more text explaining the pic then another pic and so on?
I have see a bunch of thread on this subject and would love to be able to clearly show how easy it is to fix. Maybe even help the people that said it can't be done.
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Unread 05-09-2013, 06:00 PM   #9
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[QUOTE=ad-man;15320628]Yeah, Yeah, I know another thread about the windshield leaking. I get it. They leak, But what I have not found is how to get the trim off around the windshield so that I can fix the problem, I hate to screw that trim up and try to find a replacement for it. I have no clue what it takes to pull that off. Once its off, I know I can fix the problem easy.
Thanks in advance


A way to locate where the windshield is leaking is to use soap and water then spray it all around the outside trim, then apply about 30 PSI air with a nozzle from the inside around the inside edge of the windshield and watch for bubbles on the out side as you move it along the seam. I just did this and found that about 3" at the bottom on the right hand side was where the leak was at. Then applied a urethane sealent to the area (not RTV) that is leaking from the inside. They recommend to use a urethane sealent and not silicone, silicone will contaminate the area and if there is a problem in the future nothing will stick to that area.
Just a note the out side trim is just that "Trim" and not a seal. The windshield is sealed to the body with urethane at the factory and the trim is put in placed to cover up the edge of the glass to make it look better.
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Unread 05-09-2013, 06:06 PM   #10
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here are the first 2
rsz_windshield_repair_006.jpg   rsz_windshield_repair_007.jpg  
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Unread 05-09-2013, 06:07 PM   #11
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Unread 05-09-2013, 06:08 PM   #12
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Job done
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