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Old 08-15-2013, 04:01 PM   #1
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Leaky Windshield

So I've had my focus for a few weeks now and we had a really hard rain the other day and it was the first time the car got rained on and I noticed that my passenger seat and the carpet in the foot well got very wet. The guy before me had just put a new windshield on before selling it because the old one had a star in it from a rock, and he put the windshield on himself; he is a retired mechanic who has worked on cars his entire life. My question is, is this something that I need to have a professional fix or is it something that I can do myself. I've been reading around the web and some say that if something is wrong with the seal it needs to be taken completely off and reinstalled while others say that I can just get some silicon and shoot it in the hole. I'm pretty picky and a perfectionist so I don't want to do a temporary fix, I want it done right. Note that I haven't worked on cars much, but I'm a pretty quick learner.


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Old 08-15-2013, 04:22 PM   #2
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I think its something you could very much do your self with experiance.

I wouldn't do it cause I've only seen it by a professional and I would be to scared id screw up the seal. Which is what it sounds like what has happend.

If its a small hole I don't see why you could just use some culk to fix it, if its a good size hole or maybe the whole passengerside is screwed I would look towards a professional.
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Old 08-15-2013, 05:02 PM   #3
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Sure you don't have the leak from the fresh air intake and the cabin filter area? Common on these at least on earlier models.

I've used silicone with mixed success, but now use it no more, rather I use roofing cement (ambient temperature stirrable tar) from Home Depot, it covers even using the dirt in the area to improve the leak. Silicone is very susceptible to dirt in the patch area making it not seal perfectly. And impossible to clean the leak area all the way under edge of windshield...........problem on these is, you have no window trim to unsnap and fix leak, then snap trim back on. The window trim must be destroyed to get under it, it is part of the glass assembly itself.

Every leak I've fixed using the roof cement has never leaked again and for years. Silicone couldn't touch that result.
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How can I check to see if I have a leak from the fresh air intake and cabin filter area?
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Flood car with water hose and look for the source of leak.
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Run it through the car wash. Usually the pressure of the water will infiltrate any seal leaks and will be easy to spot, especially if you know which general area to look at.
And you'll have a clean car to boot!
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