passat windshield replacement

Discussion in 'VW Mk3 Jetta, Passat TDI and other/older diesels' started by chittychittybangbang, Mar 23, 2008.

  1. chittychittybangbang

    chittychittybangbang Administrator

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    I just got done with a very annoying ordeal...the passat got a rock crack and I went to have the windshield replaced. It didn't sit completely flush but the guy said that they put a large bead of glue that waterproofs it.

    A month later, the car's horn starts beeping and the instrument panel goes nuts, the car stutters. Something is shorting. It turns out that the relay panel under the dash is soaked and the floor is wet.

    Another windshield later, the passenger side is soaked.

    I go to get the cabin pressurized to spot any leaks and the guy changes the windshield again. Another windshield later, the driver's side is so wet that the "A" pillar is visibly wet on the inside trim.

    The 4th windshield, the manager uses a machine to pressurize the cabin and it has horrible leaks. The manager scraped out all the old gasket and put a new seal and this time it's 90% flush. I will go back once the gasket is completely cured and it should be okay this time.

    So if your passat windshield isn't almost completely flush with the A pilar like the old one, it'll leak. They'll tell you that they put a large bead of sealant so it can't leak...but it'll leak. Or at least go back and have the cabin pressurized to test for air leaks.

    If you suspect the sunroof drains, open the sunroof and pour water into the corner drains. The in the mk3, the drains are inside the metal A pillar and empty in the front fender. Then the water dripples out the front wheel well. In the mk4, the drains empty out next to the door hinge.
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  2. Fluid

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    Make sure the relays aren't corroded, if they are the windshield company should pay for it.
  3. chittychittybangbang

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    I am pretty annoyed at that they didn't fix it earlier. If the manager had done it the 2nd time around it would have saved me a lot of trouble and headache. Good idea on checking the relays, its probably why the car was shorting out
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    it doesn't make sense, if they put a large bead of glue or sealant under the windshield, where would it leak?
  5. chittychittybangbang

    chittychittybangbang Administrator

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    Where the glue isn't sealing :)

    The third windshield I was supposed to have it tested for leaks but the guy just replaced the windshield instead. The 4th time the manager tested it and there were massive leaks.

    From what I understand, it's hard to get the windshield to sit flush. The easiest way is to tell them to have the manager do it. If not, you can remove the plastic a pillar trim and then loosen the front of the headliner enough so that the can squeeze the windshield in.
  6. Tomspassat

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    You could just have the manager do it the first time around, I had it replaced and it looked like it was sitting on top of the pillars. They took care of it.
  7. Greeku91

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    I did the windshield replacement with the worthy price and also got excellent service from Bulls Eye.
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