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how to replace windshield ?

hey i got to big cracks goin up my windshield from a chip n the glass , if anyone have infomation on the way to remove and replace the windshield would be great.
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hey i got to big cracks goin up my windshield from a chip n the glass , if anyone have infomation on the way to remove and replace the windshield would be great.
better left to a professional. Its the type of job that needs some practice to get right.
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better left to a professional. Its the type of job that needs some practice to get right.

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And a third,, a specialist job, they do it so quick


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And they don't cost much. I got quoted $250 to replace mine, that was with them coming out in a van to my place.
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I agree with the above posts. You have to have experience doing it...unless you are looking to redo the thing over. You'll probably end up with leaks around the seals etc.

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I'm planning to replace my windshield ( lots of scratches. )
Have anyone replaced it before?
Any side effects ? Like leaking, jeopardize the sound proof .........etc??
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Unless you're equipped with the correct tools and know the correct procedure, replacing the windshield is a BIG deal. For a pro, it's not so involved. Both A pillar covers come off, the upper trim strip, both wiper arms, HVAC intake air box, lower trim panel. Windshield is cut out after everything is removed. This isn't a DIY job unless you happen to be a windshield installer.


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The replacement of the windshield is critical on the W140. The W140 does not just have a surface molding on the outer parameters that just snap off, and the bottom is not just held with a rubber stops. Ahh, lets not forget the wiper-it is not a matter of lifting the wiper blade, locking the wiper, and then lifting it out.

The W140 has the bottom molding that has to be aligned mounting holes. The W140 has these side nacelles that are their for cosmetic looks, aery-dynamics, and fluid-dynamics. Those nacelles have to be aligned correctly if they touch on the top of the fenders a rust spot will start to develop. Plus, all the windows installers like to use lot of tape, and wrapping tape around these side nacelles is big no no...

Lastly, the windshield wiper is a complex part on the W140, and the third party installers never seen, nor know how to deal with the wiper, so they start to try to snap off the plastic covers, well the cover below pivoting portion will break. This wiper is a mess for the installer.

Go to the dealer, or the Mercedes independent shop.

I always hear horror stories, and hear it is worse on the W210 with the mono-wiper where the wiper gear is broken. Remember the Mercedes wiper system cannot be moved manually, and installers do not know since it is a complex process.

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Last week I had the same happen. I have been quoted between $165 and $300 to replace (not covered by insurance). The low number does not include replacing the rubber seal, which I think is essential for such an old car. So I am going with a $223 quote, from a guy who seemes to know his stuff. However, I appreciate the heads-up from MAVA regarding the wipers and will warn the installer.

Note that state law here in SC mandates glass repair coverage if you have comprehensive coverage - my $1600 purchase does not. Check with your insurance.
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