I want to replace the cracked windshield in a '98 Olds Intrigue.
Someone told me that the windshields are no longer sealed into place
by that black tar "rope" they used to use, but rather by some epoxy-like
stuff that sets up hard, like Bondo or something -- to make it so the
windshield is part of the structural strength of the roof.
As such, it sounds like I can't use my old Blue Point brand windshield
tool, which consists of an aluminum T-handle connected to a cable with
an L-shaped blade at the end. It used to slice through that tar-like
stuff nicely, but wouldn't work if they are using cement-like stuff
Is that indeed the case with modern windshield applications? And if
so, what is used to remove them? TIA
Most of the new stuff doesn't set up "hard" it is still pliable (if it
wasn't the first time the sun hit the glass and the body you would see
the glass break due to stresses caused by different thermal properties)
The tool you have will cut the sealant BUT in may not cut all of it
because the bead is usually wider than the old butyl rubber. The current
tool of choice is a vibratory knife that you run around the glass from
However you can still use the old wire saw type of cutter. They work
well but take some work.
To install the new glass you will want to check the pinch weld for rust,
mount the new trim to the glass, then set it into the bead of new
Urethane sealer you put in place. You don't have to remove all the old
sealer IF you cut it cleanly and it is still bonded to the vehicle. If
it's a clean cut you can lay a thin bead on top of the cut and lay in
the new glass.
Personally, unless I have extra time it is MUCH faster and usually
cheaper to just have Safelite come to the shop. They bring the new
glass, sealer and do the job in less time and clean up and take the old
glass with them, Plus give you a warrantee as well. I think the last one
was about 350 bucks.
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