Volkswagen Glass Replacement Requirements

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 Volkswagen has to say for the 2016-2021 model years.

  • Volkswagen specifies its own product line of 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.
  • It is important to note that Volkswagen also has a list of special tools and workshop equipment that is required.

Volkswagen has several special cautions to be aware of, especially with vehicles equipped with a rain/light sensor and forward-facing camera.

  • The installation of rain/light sensor will require that there are no embedded objects or bubbles between the sensor and connecting pad. If a new rain/light sensor is being installed, it will need to have the Rain/Light Recognition Sensor G397 coding completed. The full rain/light sensor replacement procedure is in the vehicle-specific Electrical Equipment manual.
  • The forward-facing camera will need to have the camera calibrated in order for the lane keep assist system to function properly. A detailed calibration procedure is provided in the vehicle-specific Suspension, Wheels, Steering manual.

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

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

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