Front 'screen removal method (intact!)

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Front 'screen removal method (intact!)

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Well...................... I've broken many E24s and only ever got one screen out without cracking it - and that was by cutting it out! Whilst getting through to the end of my most recent 'dismantling' I was trying to decide whether I needed an intact 'screen or mounting rubber. I knew I couldn't have both as the old mechanics' method of pushing it out with my feet, wearing rubbers trainers, had never worked for me. Since the 'screen has a small bullseye chip I was just about to sacrifice it when I thought I'd better check prices. GOSH! New windscreen £500+ EEK! New rubber £200+. Haven't prices gone up? ... and by the way, these parts are apparently only available from Latvia :shock:

So I decided to apply a little thought to the problem and worked out a way I thought may enable me to remove both components intact. Why not insert something behind the interior join of the rubber and 'screen? I was going to try some electrical cable, when I noticed the windscreen washer jet piping. Maybe that would work? I spent about twenty minutes feeding the pipe between the rubber and 'screen opening. Stood outside the car and put my hand around the 'A' post. I couldn't believe it - I could push the screen out with just some light pressure of my fingers!

Am attaching a few pics which may be of help to someone on this board.....................
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Before.
Before.
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Piping inserted.
Piping inserted.
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Almost there.
Almost there.
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Lift off!
Lift off!
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Re: Front 'screen removal method (intact!)

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So are you now suggesting that it's possible to save both the screen and the rubbers?

Many, many years ago (ie last century!!) I got something sharp stuck in or on a wiper blade and it created a nasty score mark across the arc of the windscreen. My insurance company accepted the claim for a new screen complete with rubbers and inserts and I'm pretty sure the quote was over £600!! Anyway I decided to have my friendly local guy do the job, and he only charged around £400, but I subsequently found out that he'd re-used the old rubbers and inserts. After the event I regretted not have the rubbers done too, mainly because I thought new ones would look better, but even to this day the original ones still don't look at all bad.
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plip1953 wrote: Mon Sep 05, 2022 6:08 pm So are you now suggesting that it's possible to save both the screen and the rubbers?
Absolutely :wink:
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Great thinking Pod. I can put this to good use.

I see though that the hose is between the rubber and the body. As opposed to your description of having the hose between rubber and glass. Still worth the 👏

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Ralph in Socal wrote: Tue Sep 06, 2022 2:58 am I see though that the hose is between the rubber and the body. As opposed to your description of having the hose between rubber and glass. Still worth the 👏

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Very nice! Thanks for sharing.
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