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Unread 09-11-2009, 05:11 PM   #1
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2007 Jeep Compass Windshield Replacement

Has anyone ever replaced their own windshield? I am thinking about going to a scrapyard and doing my own rather than going through safelite. (I am an aircraft mechanic by trade and I love wrenching on my own cars) I replaced a windsheild in a volvo once and it was pretty easy. anyone have experience, suggestions or stories to share? Also, a maintenance manual reference would be extremely helpful.

Thanks very much in advance!

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Unread 09-11-2009, 06:40 PM   #2
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How old of a Volvo are we talking about? You probably already know this, but modern cars like your Compass use bonded-in windshields that are an integral part of the monocoque/structure of the car and actually help stiffen the bodyshell. They generally use an adhesive and an activator similar in concept to a 2-part epoxy or some other fast-setting adhesive. I helped the installer put a new windshield in a car of mine once, but by help, I just mean lifting the glass and jockeying it around to get it into the body aperture.
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Unread 09-11-2009, 09:28 PM   #3
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Just had mine replaced yesterday (for the second time in 2 months ) and they definitely use a glue/epoxy. Safelite said not to drive it for 2 hrs and not to take it through a car wash.

I didn't watch him do the replacement, I was at work, but he was done in under an hour so it can't be that bad of a job if you know what your doing.
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Unread 09-13-2009, 08:15 AM   #4
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REMOVAL

1. Before proceeding with the following repair procedure, review all warnings and cautions.

WINDSHIELD SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
WARNING:
Do not operate the vehicle within 24 hours of windshield installation. It takes at least 24 hours for urethane adhesive to cure. If it is not cured, the windshield may not perform properly in an accident.

Urethane adhesives are applied as a system. Use glass cleaner, glass prep solvent, glass primer, PVC (vinyl) primer and pinch weld (fence) primer provided by the adhesive manufacturer. If not, structural integrity could be compromised.
DaimlerChrysler does not recommend glass adhesive by brand. Technicians should review product labels and technical data sheets, and use only adhesives that their manufactures warrant will restore a vehicle to the requirements of FMVSS 212. Technicians should also insure that primers and cleaners are compatible with the particular adhesive used.
Be sure to refer to the urethane manufacturer's directions for curing time specifications, and do not use adhesive after its expiration date.
Vapors that are emitted from the urethane adhesive or primer could cause personal injury. Use them in a well-ventilated area.
Skin contact with urethane adhesive should be avoided. Personal injury may result.
Always wear eye and hand protection when working with glass.

CAUTION: Protect all painted and trimmed surfaces from coming in contact with urethane or primers.

Be careful not to damage painted surfaces when removing moldings or cutting urethane around windshield

2. Remove rear view mirror.




REMOVAL

3. If the vehicle is equipped with either the electrochromic (automatic dimming) or the telematic (hands-free phone) mirror option, disconnect and isolate the battery negative cable.
4. If the vehicle is so equipped, disconnect the electrochromic mirror takeout and connector (1) and/or the telematic mirror takeout and connector (2) of the headliner wire harness from the connector receptacle on the back (windshield side) of the mirror housing (3).
5. Remove the set screw (3) that secures the rear view mirror (2) to the support bracket/button (1) on the inside of the windshield glass.
6. Slide the rear view mirror upward far enough to disengage it from the support bracket/button.



7. Remove the wiper arms (2).
8. Lift the front wiper arm (2) to its over-center position to hold the wiper blade (1) off of the glass and relieve the spring tension on the wiper arm to pivot shaft connection.
9. Carefully pry the plastic nut cap (4) off of the pivot end of the wiper arm.
10. Remove the nut (3) that secures the wiper arm to the wiper pivot shaft (5).
CAUTION: The use of a battery terminal puller when removing the front wiper arm is NOT recommended as this may damage the front wiper arm.
11. Use a slight rocking action to disengage the front wiper arm pivot end from the pivot shaft and remove the wiper arm.



12. Remove the cowl grille.
13. Remove the hood seal (4).
14. Remove the screws (3) and remove the panel (2).



15. Using a windshield cut-out wire separate the adhesive.

Tools:1 - T-HANDLE

2 - WINDSHIELD ADHESIVE

3 - COUNTER SUPPORT

4 - CUTTING WIRE

16. Carefully remove windshield.
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INSTALLATION
WARNING:
Allow the urethane at least 24 hours to cure before returning the vehicle to use.

CAUTION: Roll down the left and right front door glass and open the rear glass slider (if available) before installing windshield to avoid pressurizing the passenger compartment if a door is slammed before urethane is cured. Water leaks can result.

NOTE: The windshield fence should be cleaned of most of its old urethane bonding material. A small amount of old urethane, approximately 1-2 mm in height, should remain on the fence. Do not grind off or completely remove all old urethane from the fence, the paint finish and bonding strength will be adversely affected. Support spacers located on the cowl at the bottom of the windshield opening should be replaced with new parts. Replace any missing or damaged spacers around the perimeter of the windshield opening.

Windshield Preparation - Installing A Previously Installed Windshield

1. Before proceeding with the following repair procedure, review all warnings and cautions. (See post 4)



2. Level old bead of windshield adhesive (3) to a thickness of approximately 1 mm (0.04 in.) and remove loose adhesive.



3. Apply new spacers (1) to the top of the glass (2) as shown.
4. Install the lower spacer assemblies (4) into the slotted holes and verify proper installation by pulling to make sure they are locked on.
NOTE: Lower spacers must be facing with the flat side upwards when installing into the slotted holes.



5. Position windshield (1) in center of windshield opening and resting on the side and lower spacers (2 & 3).
6. Adjust the lower spacers (3) as required, to obtain the specified roof gap tolerance by pushing on the side of the wedge and raising or lowering the glass as necessary. For roof gap specifications, refer to the table below.

Roof Gap Tolerances
Roof Gap 4.0 mm ± 1.5 mm (0.16 in ± 0.060 in) Parallel within 2.0 mm (0.80 in.)

Roof Flush Underflush 2.0 mm ± 1.5 mm (0.080 in ± 0.060 in)



7. Apply adhesive tape (1) to the locations shown to aid with final installation.
8. Verify windshield gap is parallel to with windshield.
9. Cut tape with a sharp knife and remove windshield.

NOTE: Typical primer installation shown.



10. Clean and dry area of glass (2) to be re-glued with a suitable glass preparation solvent and rag.
11. Using a flash light, verify that glass primer is without damage.
12. Re-prime any damaged area. If old adhesive has been exposed for more than 12 hours, entire adhesive area needs to be re-primed.



13. Apply primer (1) around the perimeter of the glass to a width of 15 mm (0.5 in.) (2).
14. Allow primer to air dry for at least 10 minutes.
15. Using a flash light, verify that glass primer is without damage.
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Windshield Preparation - Installing A New Windshield



1. Install the upper spacers (1) onto the upper edge of the glass (2).



2. Apply four new spacers (2) to the A-pillars and place them evenly apart at the top and bottom.
3. Install the lower spacer assemblies (1) into the slotted holes and verify proper installation by pulling to make sure they are locked on.
NOTE: Lower spacers must be facing with the flat side upwards when installing into the slotted holes.



4. Position windshield (2) in center of windshield opening and resting on the side and lower spacers (2 & 3).
5. Adjust the lower spacers (3) as required, to obtain the specified roof gap tolerance by pushing on the side of the wedge and raising or lowering the glass as necessary. For roof gap specifications, see the table below.

Roof Gap Tolerances

Roof Gap - 4.0 mm ± 1.5 mm (0.16 in ± 0.060 in); Parallel within 2.0 mm (0.80 in.)

Roof Flush - Underflush to 2.0 mm ± 1.5 mm (0.080 in ± 0.060 in)



6. Clean and check windshield for damage.
7. Position windshield in center of windshield opening.
8. Apply adhesive tape to the locations shown to aid with final installation.
9. Verify windshield gap is parallel to with windshield.
10. Cut tape with a sharp knife and remove windshield.



11. Clean and dry area of glass to be glued with a suitable glass preparation solvent and rag.
12. Apply primer to gluing surface at windshield seal.



13. Apply primer (1) around the perimeter of the glass to a width of 15 mm (0.5 in.) (2).
14. Allow primer to air dry for at least 10 minutes.
15. Using a flash light, verify that glass primer is without damage.

Windshield Opening Preparation



1. Clean and vacuum windshield opening.
2. Level old bead of windshield opening adhesive (1) to a thickness of approximately 1 mm (0.04 in.) and remove loose adhesive.



3. Clean and dry area of windshield opening to be re-glued with a suitable glass preparation solvent and rag.
4. Re-prime any damaged area. If old adhesive has been exposed for more than 12 hours, entire adhesive area needs to be re-primed.
5. Allow primer to air dry for at least 10 minutes.
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Windshield Installation




1. Apply bead of adhesive (1) with a triangular nozzle directly to the windshield seal starting at bottom in center of windshield.
CAUTION: Always apply bead of adhesive to the windshield. Always install the windshield within 5 minutes after applying adhesive.

1 - ADHESIVE HEIGHT 12.7 mm (0.50 in)

2 - ADHESIVE TIP WIDTH 3 mm (0.120 in)

3 - INNER WINDSHIELD SURFACE

4 - ADHESIVE WIDTH 9.5 mm (0.375 in)



2. Bead dimensions should be approximately 9.5 mm wide (4) by 12.7 mm in height (1).

1 - TOP LOCATION 11.5 mm

2 - WINDSHIELD PRIMER AREA

3 - SIDE LOCATION 7.0 mm

4 - BOTTOM LOCATION 16.0 mm

5 - WINDSHIELD

NOTE: Adhesive locations are measured from the center of the bead to the edge of the glass.



3. Locate the bead of adhesive onto the primed windshield surface (2) as indicated.

4. Allow end of adhesive bead to run out parallel to the start of the bead and smooth ends flush.



5. Lift windshield (2) into place in the center of the windshield opening and use the tape as a guide to aid installation of the windshield into the center of the cutout.

6. Carefully lay down windshield and press on.
CAUTION: It is no longer possible to move the windshield after installation. The windshield should never be pressed into place by more than one person, because the windshield can break if pressed simultaneously on both sides.

CAUTION: Roll down the left and right front door glass and open the rear glass slider (if available) before installing windshield to avoid pressurizing the passenger compartment if a door is slammed before urethane is cured. Water leaks can result.

7. Install cowl panel - (Reverse of removal step).
8. Install rear view mirror - (Reverse of removal step).
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