Subaru Glass Replacement Requirements

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 the various OEMs. As always, it is important to read through each vehicle-specific procedure to ensure a complete, safe, and quality repair.

Let’s see what Subaru has to say for the 2016-2019 model years.

  • 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, or EyeSight mounting bracket is damaged, repairs are 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 find the procedures in the repair manual to go: Service Diagnostics ➤ Body & Electrical/Wiring System ➤ Glass/Windows/Mirrors ➤ Windshield Glass. Approved materials and other cautions can be found in Service Diagnostics ➤ General ➤ Cautions Or Materials sections.

Subaru vehicle-specific body repair manuals can be found at:

For additional Subaru information, check out the Subaru OEM Information page.

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