BMW/Mini Glass Replacement Requirements

Spider nylon string cutting system
Spider nylon string cutting system

The role of the windshield is a lot more complex than simply allowing a view of the road ahead. It is considered a structural part of the vehicle as it contributes to the strength of the roof and A-pillars. The windshield helps to manage collision energy and has become an integral part of several advanced safety systems.

It is commonly asked; what is required when replacing a windshield? With this question in mind, we will be presenting a series of articles that highlight some of the requirements from the various OEMs. Let’s see what BMW/Mini has to say.

The information that we are looking for can be found in vehicle-specific BMW/Mini body repair manuals. For 2016 model year vehicles:

  • BMW/Mini specifies the use of Sika cleaning solution, adhesive, activator, and primer for bonded glass.
  • Be sure to refer to the urethane manufacturer’s directions for curing time specifications, and do not use adhesive after its expiration date.
  • BMW/Mini specifies using either Roll Out 2000 which is a wire cutting system, or Spider, which is a nylon string cutting system. The vehicle-specific procedure will state which system is to be used.

As special cautions, vehicles equipped with a:

  • camera-based driver support system, will need to have the system calibrated.
  • compass, may need to be calibrated if the compass is not functioning after the rearview mirror is installed.
  • rain sensor, will need calibration depending upon which type of sensor. Refer to Overview, rain sensor (additional work when replacing the windscreen/sensor replacement) section.

To access vehicle-specific BMW stationary glass removal and installation procedures go to: www.bmwtechinfo.com

To access vehicle-specific Mini stationary glass removal and installation procedures go to: www.minitechinfo.com

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