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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
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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 02:25 AM.