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Old 06-28-2011, 11:27 PM   #1
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Windshield cowling replacement

Puddles on the front floor after every rain. Pulled the carpet out; it was done for anyway; too much mold. Finally was able to track leak, apparently, to windshield cowling right where it meets the hard door. Me inside, SO outside with the hose across the hood and windshield. No drips until he sprayed the corner where cowling meets door. Water trickles down the inside of the body panel on both sides. Pretty sure this will resolve with new cowling, but want to know if there is anything tricky we need to be aware of before starting to remove the windshield, other than the torx are going to be stuck solid. Or, is there something else we need to look for. And, what do you do about the wipers when you remove the windshield?
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You trying to replace the cowl seal? For that you don't have to remove the whole windshield, just fold it down. Then a right angle or really short screwdriver will work getting to the screws that hold the seal in place.

If you ever need to remove them, the wiper arms pull straight off. I use a screwdriver with a rag wrapped around it so I don't scratch anything, then pry the arms off. There may be a tool you can buy if you don't want to use a screwdriver.

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Old 06-29-2011, 06:15 AM   #3
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I replaced mine and do yourself a favor silicone everything because they leak anyway ! But as far as getting to it jus pull 2 bolts on each roll bar and the one big torx on the bottom of the windshield and shell fold down thats all thats needed to get it down, oh make sure there's no open holes in the top of the frame to allow water inside the windshield frame I've seen that cause a nice leak from those spots you mentioned. might wana start spraying those hinges up tho good luck!
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If its not the cowl seal, but lower down, use a flashlight at night and try to find any light getting through behind and around the lower windshield hinges. Eithe shine from under the dash cowl and watch outside or vice versa (easier in my case).

I had that problem behind both hinges and just finished welding in the patch for the left side. Partway through patching the right side but having to wait for several days of rainy weather to finish to roll the Jeep back to work on it. We need the rain worse than I need to finish the jeep, though.
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Old 06-29-2011, 05:57 PM   #5
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Be careful with hinges if you have plans of folding windshield forward. They can be rusted inside, seize and get bent. It might be a good idea to remove bolts and lift off with or without hinges, to get to the cowl seal. Just a suggestion.
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Old 07-04-2011, 01:38 PM   #6
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Everything came apart the way it is supposed to. Then we discovered whoever replaced the cowling last had siliconed the crap out of everything so it took about 6 hours to scrape off the old residue. Finally installed the new cowling, raised the windshield back up, but everything back where it belongs and ... there's about a quarter-inch gap between the door and the windshield on the driver's side. CR**! All bolts are as tights as can be. Only thing we can figure is whoever did this last adjusted the door as the rubber compressed over the years, but I would have thought the door would be adjusted more towards the windshield rather than back.
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Old 07-04-2011, 04:21 PM   #7
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Took off the driver side mirror, loosened the torx on the door hinge plates, shoved the door up, retightened everything, gap closed. Can we be done for the weekend now?
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Good thread. I'm doing my cowl seal this weekend.


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