Convertible Rear Window
Isn't it amazing and enjoyable to drive with the convertible top down? Yes, for many, nothing compares to open-air driving, but your convertible rear window surely doesn't feel the same way. The constant movement of your canvass top can make a plastic window brittle; it can also scratch a glass window. Constant exposure to the sun can also take toll on both types of convertible window.
When it's time for you to replace your convertible's glass or plastic rear window, here are the steps to help you carry out the task properly:
Plastic window replacement:
What you'll need:
- Clean cloth
- Replacement plastic window
Step 1: Take the canvass off the car.
Depending on how the convertible top is secured to the vehicle, you may need to loosen and remove the bolts and nuts that hold the top to the vehicle's body. You can use a screwdriver and a wrench to carry out this task. Put the bolts and nuts in a small container to be sure that you won't misplace them.
Step 2: Cut the threading on the canvass.
The threading fastens two pieces of canvass that sandwich the plastic window. Cut the threading to separate the two canvasses, which will make it easy for you to remove the plastic window.
Step 3: Replace the plastic convertible rear window.
Take out the old or damaged window and insert the new one in between the two pieces of canvass, making sure it is centered.
Step 4: Get your thread and needle and sew up the canvass.
Follow the marks of the threading that you've cut a while ago. Sew it strong enough to hold the plastic convertible rear window firmly in between the canvasses.
Step 5: Put the convertible top back.
Once the plastic window has been replaced, wipe off any dirt from the new window and re-install the canvass into your convertible.
Glass window replacement:
What you'll need:
- Clean cloth
- Rubber cement
- Rubbing alcohol
- Double-sided tape
- Flat-head screwdriver
- Replacement window glass
- Plastic window trim removal tool
Step 1: Remove the window trim.
Unhook the convertible top so you'll be able to lift it up a few inches from the rear windshield. Get the plastic window trim removal tool and slide between the window and the black trim and work your way around until the trim is detached from the window. Take the trim out by hand.
Step 2: Take out the window's metal clip.
This clip is situated at the center part of the window's bottom edge. Using a flathead screwdriver, start off by loosening the clip on the outside, and then proceed with the one from the inside part of the window.
Step 3: Remove the old convertible rear window.
Carefully take the old window up. If the window is cracked or broken, you have to be very careful. Wear gloves to protect your hands from the broken glass. Set the old window aside.
Step 4: Clean the window opening.
Using alcohol wipes or cloth soaked with rubbing alcohol, get rid of any dirt, residue, or debris from the convertible rear window opening. Wipe the area dry with a clean cloth.
Step 5: Install the replacement window glass.
From the outside of the convertible, slot the new window in the opening. Ask someone to hold it in place. Get inside the car and slowly zip the window in place. Re-install the metal clip right where it was attached before you removed it. Replace the support place and put a double-sided tape over the clip.
Step 6: Put rubber cement along the window's edges.
Apply the rubber cement right where the convertible top meets the window. This cement will strongly hold the trim in place. Also apply just the right amount of cement on the edge of the black trim before pushing it back in place. Allow the glue in your newly installed convertible rear window to dry for at least 24 hours before using your car.