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Old 08-30-2013, 07:59 AM
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Oxidized rubber

My windshield is fine, but I'm wondering what to do about old rubber that has oxidized that sourrounds and seals the windshield. Is this something that the dealer could fix? See picture...
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Old 08-30-2013, 08:42 AM
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you can order the new seal online. But it is really tuff to get into place. Mine is shot as well and has been out for a few months now. I attempted everything to get this new one in and it is a PITA...however i think my windshield was replaced at some point, and not actually put back in evenly, as one side has a larger gap then the other.

The part itself online isnt expensive at all. a stealer may charge you quite a bit to do the work. But i would suspect, yes they can replace it for you if you want..
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Old 08-30-2013, 08:49 AM
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Thanks, ou18
I think i'd have the dealer do it, sounds like more PITA than it's worth!
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Old 08-31-2013, 03:23 AM
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Use any GOOD windscreen shop - cheaper and SHOULD be just as good. Ask around. Some stealers use outside agents for this work. Body shops would know.
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Old 09-05-2013, 01:20 AM
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The replacement seal is like $30, but it is a PITA to install properly. However, if you spray the seal and the windscreen with soapy water (and keep it wet), start at one end and be very careful about how you get the seal started over the edge of the glass, and don't force it, with patience and a soft-headed mallet you can get the new seal in in a few minutes. You need to roll the seal from the windscreen up towards the roof, not the other way round. It does help if the screen has been properly installed with an even gap though!
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Old 09-05-2013, 04:56 AM
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Dear Podmore:
Thanks for the advice. I was hoping to put some silicone sealant before the actual replacement strip. Is that a good idea?
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Old 09-05-2013, 03:24 PM
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The seal has no 'sealing' value to the windshield. Be careful not clog the sunroof drains at the top of the windshield. You will see them when you remove the strip.
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Old 09-05-2013, 08:49 PM
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+1 on Mayorchuck - the trim does not have any weathersealing function. A badly fitting one will cause increased wind noise however. My last (now deceased) E38 had the sunroof drains blocked from an inexpertly installed windscreen - if you remove the remains of your trim (it's an aluminium channel onto which the rubber is bonded) you should see the exit holes for the drains at the top left and right of the screen. I had to make sure any time it was raining I parked with the rear downhill.
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