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2008 Mazda 3 Glass Removal and Replacement Instructions

October 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Preparation
1. Cover the front seats, floorboards, dash and steering wheel with a clean drop cloth or disposable plastic covers.
Note: Always wear eye and hand protection when working with glass. Make sure you have the right glass and moldings and the urethane systems are current. Windshield part numbers are FW2464 and FW2461.
2. Drape the fender with a fender cover and tape up any vulnerable areas on the vehicle to protect against possible damage. Tape up the defroster vents to prevent debris from falling into the openings.
3. Remove the rearview mirror. Tap it upward and slide it off the mirror pad.
4. Remove the windshield-wiper nut covers.
5. Remove the windshield-wiper nuts using a 12-millimeter wrench or socket. Move the wiper arm in an up-and-down motion to break it loose from the post, or use a wiper puller. Note: Wipers can sometimes be hard to remove. Use a wiper puller to avoid stressing the post.
6. The three-sided reveal molding is a wraparound “U” channel type molding. Grasp the corner and separate it from the glass edge. If necessary, cut it off. A new molding will be required.
7. Remove the two screw covers on the cowl panel fascia. Remove the two Phillips screws underneath.
8. Remove the hood bulb seal along the leading edge of the cowl held in place by six retainers. Lift and slide the cowl out from under the glass edge. Put it in a safe place. Note: Before beginning windshield removal, verify the new windshield is the correct one and the urethanes and primers are current. Never use outdated products as this could jeopardize the structural integrity of the vehicle and the safety of its passengers.

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