2011 Hyundai Veracruz

Windshield removal and replacement instructions
By Bob Beranek
December 21, 2011
AUTO

Vehicle type: Four-door utility vehicle

NAGS numbers: Windshield part numbers FW2827; FW2828 solar; FW2829 solar, rain sensor, electrochromic mirror; FW2830 solar, heated wiper park; FW2831 solar, electrochromic Mirror, heated wiper park; FW2832 solar, rain sensor, electrochromic mirror, heated wiper park; and FW3123 solar, electrochromic mirror

Watch for: The top and side molding is rigid and difficult to remove or even cut off. We were lucky and had a very warm day to work on the vehicle. We used a pry tool to firmly push the molding toward the A pillar while forcing up the lower corner on the passenger side. Once we got it started, it still took two technicians to pull the molding out from under the glass edge. Make sure to heat the new OEM molding before applying to the glass edge, as its very stiff and difficult to form.

*With permission from National Auto Glass Specifications. Call NAGS at 800/551-4012 or visit http://glass.mitchell.com/.

A. Windshield

Preparation

1. Cover the front seats, floorboards, dash and steering wheel with a clean drop cloth or disposable plastic covers. Note: Always wear eye and hand protection when working with glass. Make sure you have the right glass and moldings and that the urethane systems you are about to use are current. Windshield part numbers are FW2827, FW2828, FW2829, FW2830, FW2832 and FW3123.

2. Drape the fender with a fender cover and tape up any vulnerable areas on the vehicle to protect against possible damage. Tape up the defroster vents to prevent debris from falling into the openings.

3. Remove the rearview mirror by loosening the 25T Torx set screw and sliding the mirror off the mirror bracket.

4. Remove the windshield-wiper nut covers. The wipers are marked “PA” passenger side and “DR” driver side.

5. Remove the windshield-wiper nuts using a 14-millimeter wrench or socket.

6. Remove the five push-in-center-release retainers.
 

7. Disconnect the washer hose from the passenger side near the hood hinge.
 

8. Release the clips from the cowl corner fender caps and slide the cowl panel out from under the glass edge.
 

9. Disconnect the wiper park heater wiring harness on the driver side.
 

10. The top and side molding is very rigid and difficult to remove and even cut off. We were lucky and had a very warm day to work on the vehicle. We used a pry tool to firmly push the molding toward the A pillar while forcing up the lower corner on the passenger side. Once we got it started, it still took two technicians to pull the molding out from under the glass edge. Note: Before beginning windshield removal, verify the new windshield is the correct one and the urethanes and primers are current. Never use outdated products as this could jeopardize the structural integrity of the vehicle and the safety of its passengers.
 

Removal

11. Before cutting out the windshield, remove contaminants from the glass and pinchweld to prevent contact with the urethane.

12. Use the cutting tool of your choice to remove the glass from the adhesive bead. Be careful not to hit or cut the gravity stops; mark their location with a marking pencil or retention tape.
 

13. Take the windshield out of the opening using vacuum cups. Make sure the vacuum cups do not overlap a crack in the glass. Lift the glass and place it on a windshield stand or suitable workstation.

Installation

14. After cutting the windshield out, remove contaminants such as dirt, moisture and debris from the pinchweld. Clean the dashboard.

15. Warm the new molding before attaching it to the glass edge. There are alignment markings on the glass edge for placing the molding correctly.

16. Dry fit the new glass to the opening.

17. Place your vacuum cups on the new windshield in the appropriate location.

18. Set the windshield onto the old urethane.

19. Adjust both sides to the correct setting, marking the passenger side, then the driver side. Lift the glass and place it on a windshield stand or suitable workstation.

20. Follow the urethane manufacturer’s recommendations for installation.

21. Clean the inside of the windshield using a urethane manufacturer-recommended product. Do not touch the bonding area of the windshield after cleaning, prepping or priming it.
 

22. Wear powder-free Nitrile gloves to protect against harsh chemicals.

23. Apply the glass prep and primer following the urethane manufacturer’s recommendations.

24. Using the tool of your choice, remove the original urethane bead, leaving 1 mm-2 mm of existing urethane on the pinchweld. Make sure there are no contaminants and do not touch the pinchweld after you have prepped the area.

25. Apply the pinchweld primer only to the areas where needed, and follow the urethane manufacturer’s recommendations. Allow preps and primers to dry as recommended by the urethane manufacturer.

26. Apply a triangular bead of urethane to the same path as the freshly cut urethane on the pinchweld. Before cutting your V-notch, cut the tip off of your nozzle with a nozzle-cutter. With the cut nozzle, measure to the top of the roofline, and at 1/16-inch higher than the roofline, make a mark on the nozzle with a pen or marker. Notch the nozzle up to the marked line; this will give you the appropriate triangular bead.

27. Lift the windshield from the windshield stand or workstation using vacuum cups. Set the windshield on the urethane at the mark you made during your dry fit. Lower the driver’s side of the windshield onto the urethane and line it up with the dry-fit mark; it is now in place.

28. The windshield is now ready to be decked. Press firmly to ensure a good seal.

29. Before re-installing the remaining parts, check for leaks. Use a leak detector to go over the perimeter of the windshield. If you find a leak, apply more pressure or add more urethane to the spot and ensure that the glass makes contact with the wet urethane.

30. Re-install the removed parts in reverse order.

31. Allow the urethane to cure according to the urethane manufacturer’s recommended cure time before returning the vehicle to the customer. Warning: Disregarding the safe drive-away time that your urethane manufacturer recommends could jeopardize the structural integrity of the vehicle and the safety of its passengers.

32. You have completed the removal and replacement of the windshield.

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The author is president of Automotive Glass Consultants in Sun Prairie, Wis. Write him at bob@autoglassconsultants.com.