BMW/Mini Glass Replacement Requirements

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

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

  • 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.
  • head-up display, requires a special OEM replacement windshield.

To access vehicle-specific BMW stationary glass removal and installation procedures go to:

To access vehicle-specific Mini stationary glass removal and installation procedures go to:

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