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Honda Element 2010 Windshield Replacement


     Slide show of a front windshield replacement on a 2010 Honda Element 2010 using new top molding.

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     This 2009 Honda Elements windshield had never been replaced yet there was rust located at the top right corner. Also there was a slight gap at the top corners where the A-pillar molding meet the top moldings. These vehicles are prone to make wind noise due to there upright box profile when traveling at high speeds according to different forums that I visited in the past. We first start off by marking the location of the windshield wiper location with blue tape along with the outer edge of the top molding. The A-pillar molding must be removed and special care is taken to reduce the amount of plastic clips that may break during removal. Most people ask why should they pay for something that we broke when removing these moldings? Well they are made out of plastic and are placed in a area that receives extreme temperature changes. Keeping that in mind the plastic OE strength weakens due to the fluctuation of temperature. On the Honda Element these clips are held in place very securely and take some effort to remove. Most of the time it maybe only a few that break and should be replaced prior to reinstalling the A-pillar molding.

     As you may notice in this slide show we remove the wipers and cowling. The cowling sits just under the windshield wipers and above the windshield. It is almost always best to remove the cowl especially in the Honda Element for a cleaner removal and replacement. Next the black rubber molding along the top is removed from the old windshield and discarded. The molding on this car has an adhesive that will separate off the windshield once removed. Used tape will not adhere with the same adhesive properties as meant by the manufacture. Next the pinchweld around the windshield is dusted, the windshield is removed using professional auto glass tools and placed on a windshield stand.

     The area where the auto glass is bonded to the vehicle is cleaned again with filtered water, then dried and trimmed down to 1-2mm thin using the Full Cut Method. Any area that may have been nicked or scratch is then primed with Adco UP100 Pinchweld Primer to help prevent future rust from forming. While waiting for the primer to flash or dry for 10 minutes, the new windshield is prepared for replacement. The new windshield is cleaned, new molding is installed, all stickers are transferred and two suction cups are placed on the windshield.

     The new seal is Adco Titan Pro 1 is placed directly onto the new windshield having only one continuous bead and a single joint. The sealant is placed by using a Triangle Shape Bead and a power gun for better consistency of placement onto the new windshield. We use two people with suction cups to place the windshield onto the body of the vehicle for better placement.

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