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Old 10-20-2001, 10:31 AM
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Improper winshield install?

Just had a cracked windshield in our '91 190E 2.3 replaced at an independent glass shop. It worried me somewhat that the shop told us 'it is taking a lot longer than we thought it would' when we called to check if it was ready, since they had claimed to know Benzes. Of more concern is that when we picked it up, the trim piece running along the bottom outside of the windshield - with a thin, rubber sealing edge - was lifted off the windshield by quite a bit in several places. They re-tackled the trim installation, and it now seems to be fairly evenly in contact with the glass.

My question is, does this piece in any way seal against water leaking in, or in any way should I be concerned about this incident? I am not supposed to get it wet for another 24 hours.


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Old 10-20-2001, 11:34 AM
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The trim is just trim. The windsheild on all newer (W201-W124 and on) MBs is glued in. They are difficult to replace if using an OEM glass -- most shops will try to sell you an aftermarket because they are about 1/8" shorter and easier to get in. Stick with the OEM, they are thicker. The windsheild isn't self-aligning like the american ones, it has to be centered manually and marked with tape to get it in place correctly -- they may have had to put it in twice if it was crooked the first time, and the factory glue only has an open time of 15 min. At least they didn't charge you for it!

They may have had a problem with the trim if they used an aftermarket glass, as it is difficult to get the trim flush on the glass -- the trim snaps into the rubber "seal" -- really a trim retainer -- around the glass, and if the glass isn't factory thickness must be forced down to the very bottom of the slot to seat properly.

If it leaks, make them replace it again -- insist that they use the factory glue and clean the body flange properly.

The older benzes had a "lace-in" seal, which is very easy to replace -- they may have been thinking of that job, takes only about 15 min if you know what you are doing, rather than the couple hours maybe for the newer ones.

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Old 10-20-2001, 09:48 PM
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Thanks for the info, Peter! I feel better now that the job is probably ok. The glass is Sekuritat, which is an oem brand. Tomorrow I will test for leakage to be sure.

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Old 10-20-2001, 10:45 PM
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I am not sure about the 201 chassis, but I know that on newer MB's, the windshield is part of the car's structural integrity... I would DEFINITLY make sure they do the job right. GOod luck.
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Old 05-26-2003, 12:50 PM
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Thanks for the advice. I have to get my windshield replaced and will definately spend the extra $100 and have it done at the dealer with the OEM glass.
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