The law requires replacement of a windshield for a crack that is larger than the size of a quarter. Your windshield is one of the major safety devices of your car. A defective or improperly installed windshield can result in serious injury. If your TT experiences a rollover, the windshield will keep the car from collapsing. It is recommended that installation be done by a professional, but if you take your time and are thorough, you can do it yourself.
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Things you need
- Large vinyl dust sheets
- Masking tape
- Razor blade
- Flathead screwdriver
- Small crowbar
- Bonding agent
- Safety gloves
- Safety eyeglasses
Inspect the windshield frame. If it has dents, cuts or corrosion, get it repaired. The new windshield will not bond to a bent frame.
Lay down vinyl dust sheets over the bonnet and dashboard. Windshields are made from safety glass, and if it is hit, it can shatter in many small pieces.
Remove the wiper blades and arms with a screwdriver.
Remove the rubber trim. Insert the screwdriver under the trim. Lift and pull the trim completely off the car.
Break the caulk by cutting around the windshield with a razor blade.
Remove the windshield. Insert the pry bar under the windshield. Gently pry the glass up. Go around the entire windshield slowly. An assistant can help you lift the glass out of the car.
Sand the mounting surface and new windshield. Sand the entire area of the mounting surface. Apply your bonding agent to the windshield frame. Rub your sandpaper along the inside edge of the new windshield. Apply the bonding agent to the sanded surface of the new windshield.
Apply the silicone. Lay a bead along the edge of the mounting area. Do not leave any gaps.
Insert the new windshield. Carefully lay the new windshield in the frame. Apply smooth and even pressure across the windshield. After the bonding agent has set, replace the rubber trim with your hand. Reinstall the wiper blades and arms.
Tips and warnings
- Wrap tape around your metal tools. Windshields can break.
- Check with your insurance company. Most cover professional windshield installation.
- Insist on original Audi windshield glass, it is some of the best made.
- Let the bonding agent cure for 24 hours before your drive your car.
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