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Old 11-28-2007, 10:22 AM   #1
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Problem one.... Windshield is leaking at the top. When raining hard like it does on the wet coast water will run down the inside of the windshield. I notice that it has even stained the headliner near the courtesy lights.
What is the best way to fix this?


Problem two......... Rear window defogger don't work. Switch lights up when activated but no action on the rear window. Any common problems associated with this that I should be aware of?

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Start a new thread in Electrical regarding your defogger question.

I had the same leaky windshield issue with my 99 SE. It resulted from a poor installation job of a replacement piece of glass. I bought the car with 28K (3 years old) and it had a new windshield installed....four years later that thing started leaking...bad. Since it had a crack and was leaking at the top, I opted to get it replaced. Here'* what I found:

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When the installers discovered this I asked them to stop the show! They took the old glass out and didn't install the new. That gave me time (three days) to grind out the rust and spray all of the infected area with a rust inhibator...and let it dry well. They came back and installed the new glass. Never had an issue after that....up until we sold it 9 months later.

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Thank you. Although I really didn't want to see that

Hopefully I can prevent that from happening to mine if I get the leak stopped. Maybe a glass shop would be my best bet.
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A glass shop probably won't do all the work for you, but a body shop would.

If you're not scared of getting your hands dirty, have one of those "we come to you to install your glass" companies come out. If you can leave the car in the garage for a few days (and don't need it), this is not that bad of a job. Cover the windshield area to limit dust inside the car and start sanding/grinding away. Then mask off all areas so you don't get overspray on the car from the rust inhibitor.

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One of my biggest regrets is framing in the garage and making it into a spare bedroom. :(

Now all my repairs have to be done out in the weather. Which is why a lot of things don't get done in a hurry this time of year. That and prying the car away from the wife long enough to do anything with it.

I know a glass shop that is pretty good with little extras, I'll go and have a talk with them and see what they say.
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Some good news.

The company I work for sends a LOT of windshield business to one shop in town. I took the car in there this morning they tested it for leaks with air pressue, found the leak and fixed it for free.

I was also told that if it starts to leak again, just bring it back and they will put in a NEW windshield and trim for the cost of the insurance deductable.
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That'* a pretty cool ending. Do you see how they fixed it? A friend of mine used silicone caulk, and it'* vividly all over the top edge. Does your windshield'* edge look any different?
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That'* a pretty cool ending. Do you see how they fixed it? A friend of mine used silicone caulk, and it'* vividly all over the top edge. Does your windshield'* edge look any different?
I didn't watch what they did, but it is completely invisible. Some sort of sealant injected into where the suspected leak was and carefully cleaned up afterwards. Including vaccuming the carpets (front and back).

Speedy Auto Glass........ good service.
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That is good service! Funniest emoticon I could find.
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with the recent snow fall, followed by heavy rain, we found that the repair wasn't working. Took the car to the glass shop this morning and had the windshield replaced. Guy says he thinks it was the origninal windshield, there was NO RUST.

Total cost for new windshield, moulding, and wiper blades was $200. Not having to listen to the wife complain about all the windows fogging up..... priceless.
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