Subaru Glass Replacement Requirements

Subaru has specific requirements for vehicles equipped with the EyeSight system.
Subaru has specific requirements for vehicles equipped with the EyeSight 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 various OEMs. Let’s see what Subaru has to say.

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

  • Subaru identifies Dow Automotive primers and adhesives (or equivalent).
  • During the installation process, Subaru calls for a rubber dam on the inside of the urethane adhesive.
  • Some vehicles, like the 2016 BRZ, may also have a non-reusable rubber dam as part of the original installation by the OEM.
  • Windshield trim molding cannot be reused.

As a special caution, vehicles equipped with EyeSight that have had the windshield removed and installed will need to have the “Inspection” and “Adjustment and Check” of the stereo camera. If the glass is damaged in the EyeSight area, glass repair is prohibited. According to Subaru, a new Subaru genuine windshield must be installed because installing an aftermarket windshield may prevent the EyeSight from working properly. Additional cautions are located in the Windshield Glass procedure.

To access vehicle-specific Subaru windshield removal and installation procedures go to:

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