Windshield Rubber Seal Replacement - BMW M5 Forum and M6 Forums
E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion 1998-2003 Advertiser's Forum

 14Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rating: Thread Rating: 1 votes, 5.00 average. Display Modes
post #1 of 79 Old 31st July 2007, 03:09 PM Thread Starter
billrM5
Member, Sport: On DSC: Off
 
billrM5's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 259
Thanks: 0
Thanked 19 Times in 4 Posts
Windshield Rubber Seal Replacement

Symptoms - Cracked and chipped windshield rubber seal. For a June 2007 build, the rubber has held up pretty good up until the last few months. It has started to fall apart with the slightest touch (washing the car, etc). From what I've read this is not a weather / rain seal, just a trim part.

Not much discussion on the M5 board, but I did find a big write up on another BMW board; some getting BMWNA involved, some DIY'ers. I decided to give it a shot myself. My local dealer had the part in stock

51 31 8 159 784

Only $31.26 including tax and he had it in stock. I picked it up yesterday and nervously started last night. First step is removing the old rubber. I used a plastic butter-knife type tool and a Stanley pick tool with a hook on the end. Just pried the passenger side top corner up with the plastic tool and got the hook down in the rubber and worked it up. Suprising how deep the rubber goes down in there. Once you get it started, pulling the whole molding out is a snap, it just pulls out all the way around the windshield. It did leave behind a black, gummy residue in the channel that cleaned up with some WD-40 and several Scott's heavy duty throw away rags.

Once the area was all cleaned up it was time to get the new rubber in. I did think I was a little in over my head because the molding looks like it doesn't want to fit in the opening. But I just got it lined up and it pressed in place with thumb pressure. I was really suprised but it snapped into place without much hassle at all. I did the top all the way across then the sides. Pressed it all in place, ran some Gummi-Pflege on it and let it sit overnight.

Cleaned everything off this morning, made sure everything was still in place and it was. Overall the job took about a half hour.

When the rubber started craking I thought I was in for a huge bill or life with a cracked windshield rubber gasket. But this is definately a DIY job. It really improves the appearance of the car and gives it a little "newness".

Pictures to follow...

Last edited by billrM5; 1st August 2007 at 01:25 AM.
billrM5 is offline  
The Following 9 Users Say Thank You to billrM5 For This Useful Post:
AGM5 (13th July 2013), JL21ah (2nd July 2010), jonesymalone (16th January 2013), M5 Fan (5th November 2010), Nvable (14th May 2013), Perrodulce (16th May 2009), Quicksilv3r (16th August 2012), rountad (31st July 2009), tacvwdriver (5th April 2010)
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 79 Old 31st July 2007, 06:41 PM
jclyman
M5 Expert (>4000)
 
jclyman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Age: 77
Posts: 4,624
Thanks: 2,374
Thanked 602 Times in 389 Posts
Good news ...

"The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance; it is the illusion of knowledge."

- Daniel Boorstin
jclyman is offline  
post #3 of 79 Old 31st July 2007, 07:17 PM
Dux
Member, Sport: On DSC: On (>100 posts)
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Ft Lauderdale, Florida
Posts: 195
Thanks: 0
Thanked 27 Times in 5 Posts
Dux is offline  
post #4 of 79 Old 31st July 2007, 07:21 PM
sportmodeON
Member, Sport: On DSC: On (>100 posts)
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: North San Diego
Posts: 131
Thanks: 20
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Please do post pics.
Both front and rear rubber seals need replacing on my car. I was told by my SA that the front windsheild must be removed in order to replace the rubber seal. And, that there is a chance that the glass could get cracked in the process. This happens so often, according to my SA, that the windshield people have you sign a waiver and he advised that I have cash set aside to buy a replacment windshield just in case.

Is this really a DIY?
sportmodeON is offline  
post #5 of 79 Old 31st July 2007, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
billrM5
Member, Sport: On DSC: Off
 
billrM5's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 259
Thanks: 0
Thanked 19 Times in 4 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by sportmodeON View Post
Please do post pics.
Both front and rear rubber seals need replacing on my car. I was told by my SA that the front windsheild must be removed in order to replace the rubber seal. And, that there is a chance that the glass could get cracked in the process. This happens so often, according to my SA, that the windshield people have you sign a waiver and he advised that I have cash set aside to buy a replacment windshield just in case.

Is this really a DIY?
Absolutley, positively a DIY. All you need to do is pry under 1 corner of the molding and gently pull up and it comes right out. NEVER during the process did I ever worry about cracking the windshield. I don't see how I could have even if I man-handled the molding out of it's channel.

I don't have pictures of the process (I will post pics of the finished product and the old removed molding), but there's not much to it. Just about a 3/8" gap from the edge of the windshield and the roof/side pillars. I can't see how the windshield would be so brittle that it could be broken removing the molding
billrM5 is offline  
post #6 of 79 Old 31st July 2007, 07:41 PM
fvicente
Member, Sport: On DSC: On (>100 posts)
 
fvicente's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: miami, fl
Posts: 187
Thanks: 0
Thanked 12 Times in 11 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by sportmodeON View Post
Please do post pics.
Both front and rear rubber seals need replacing on my car. I was told by my SA that the front windsheild must be removed in order to replace the rubber seal. And, that there is a chance that the glass could get cracked in the process. This happens so often, according to my SA, that the windshield people have you sign a waiver and he advised that I have cash set aside to buy a replacment windshield just in case.

Is this really a DIY?
yes, it is very easy, you do not have to remove the windshield, but you have to follow one very important rule: never, EVER use any metal tools near the windshield. I used a plastic scraper to clean off the old material, and I started pulling from the side, just under the cowling that hides the wiper mechanism. it came off quickly, and I just sprayed silicone all over the new one to help seat it with my thumbs. I took a screwdriver to our E34 to do the same thing and cracked the windshield in 10 seconds.

I have replaced the trim on both our E38 and E39 now with success. Wind noise dropped dramatically after I did it. Just remember, plastic or wood only!
fvicente is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to fvicente For This Useful Post:
M5 Fan (5th November 2010)
post #7 of 79 Old 31st July 2007, 07:50 PM
sportmodeON
Member, Sport: On DSC: On (>100 posts)
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: North San Diego
Posts: 131
Thanks: 20
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
sportmodeON is offline  
post #8 of 79 Old 31st July 2007, 07:51 PM
sportmodeON
Member, Sport: On DSC: On (>100 posts)
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: North San Diego
Posts: 131
Thanks: 20
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
sportmodeON is offline  
post #9 of 79 Old 31st July 2007, 08:02 PM
Laidback
M5 Expert (>4000)
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 8,153
Thanks: 382
Thanked 438 Times in 296 Posts
Definitely one of my top list to do...thanks for posting

Mods: 91 octane with occasional 100 octane

"Illegitimus non carborundum"

" Despite its supercar attributes, the M5 still doubles as a soberly practical, spacious saloon - only with the ability to scare four passengers in comfort all the way to the local coronary unit". Top Gear
Laidback is offline  
post #10 of 79 Old 31st July 2007, 08:02 PM
mottati
Moderator
 
mottati's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: sf east bay ca.
Posts: 9,913
Blog Entries: 1
Thanks: 185
Thanked 352 Times in 282 Posts
this is great news, always assumed the windshield had to come out. Please do post some pics. I need to do this on my 6/00 prod car, it's falling apart as you mention. Would love to do this soon.
thanks for posting!!

Mike

93 M5 3.8 Sterling Silver, Black 5/93 production (euro)
94 M5 Touring Madeira Schwarz, Black 10/93 production
88 M5 Black/Natur (US spec)
90 325iS, Black/Natur 5 speed
00 528i, sport Biarritz Blue, Sand
93 Range Rover County LWB, Roman Bronze
09 335d Japanrot/Black

me---> www.diablovalleyeyes.com
mottati is offline  
Reply

Bookmarks

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the BMW M5 Forum and M6 Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Linear Mode Linear Mode
Rate This Thread:



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Scratched windshield bbloch1114 E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion 3 10th November 2005 04:28 AM
WindShield Replacement Cost and Where? MAH E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion 10 17th June 2005 08:26 PM
Replacement Vanos replaced? agriskman E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion 4 15th November 2004 11:33 PM
Warning! Drivers door seal wearing out MAH E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion 20 7th August 2002 04:51 PM
WARNING! Drivers door weather seal MAH E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion 19 9th October 2001 09:28 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome