Mercedes-Benz Glass Replacement Requirements

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE350
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE350

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 Mercedes-Benz has to say.

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

  • Mercedes-Benz specifies its own product line of cleaner, adhesive 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.
  • During the installation process, it is important to keep a side window open until the installation is complete. This will help to prevent the sealant from cracking should the doors be opened and closed, causing a pressure change.

As a special caution, vehicles equipped with a camera collision warning system, Night View Assist, and rain sensors will need to have the systems calibrated. The calibration procedures are located in vehicle-specific service manuals under Diagnostics > Car Communication > Advanced > FSM > Calibrating radar and camera.

Mercedes-Benz states that varies systems could be affected if Mercedes-Benz genuine parts are not used. This includes the collision warning system, rain sensors, antennas, and heating elements. Per Mercedes-Benz Replacement Glass & Glazing position statement, “Aftermarket glass often does not account for these complex electrical components and may interfere with your vehicle’s electronic systems, or cause these electronic systems to not function properly.” Click the link to read the complete Mercedes-Benz position statement on Replacement Glass & Glazing.

To access vehicle-specific Mercedes-Benz stationary glass removal and installation procedures go to: www.startkinfo.com.

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