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Old 05-16-2019, 02:17 PM
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My 2017 GS Windshield was replaced under warranty (Delaminated along the top edge).
The subcontracted Installer did a poor job of reinstalling the weatherstripping and created a leak (no leak prior to work) at the bottom of the Passenger side A Pillar (wet there and down along the right footwell side and floor, close to the door)

Subcontractor came back and fussed around with it, but did not eliminate the leak.
Took it to the Dealer and a Tech and I fussed around with it and and put the weatherstripping back into places that the Subcontractor missed, but the leak persists, but not as bad as at first.

Dealer and Subcontractor now refuse to do further work to correct the issue (vehicle was not purchased from this dealer, but they are the closest and did work on my previous cars)

I found this Vid on replacing the windshield to help guide me in removing and replacing the A Pillar Trim and Weatherstripping in an attempt to remedy and eliminate the leak, but Body Work is not a strong suit so I'm looking for a Windshield Installer to come and try to finish the job and try to eliminate the leak.


Can anyone recommend a qualified installer that I can Hire and that works in the SoCaL East 562 (Lakewood/Long Beach) or West 714 (Buena Park) Area Codes?


Or should I just call Safelite?

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Old 05-16-2019, 03:45 PM
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Union workers built your C7!
So? It din't leak until after the Windshield was replaced by a presumably non-union worker
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So? It din't leak until after the Windshield was replaced by a presumably non-union worker
The Janus ruling ruined your car.
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Call Safelight, they can fix it.
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Call Safelight, they can fix it.
Safelite couldn't fix a sandwich.
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Do you have access to compressed air and a blow gun ?
If yes, then position the blow gun nozzle on the inside perimeter of the windshield, and blast it with compressed air.
If there is a skip in the urethane bed, you will hear it, and maybe feel it, on the outside of the car. If this isn't the issue, then the glass people are not going to be able to help.

This is your one technical advice freebie.

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Old 05-16-2019, 06:57 PM
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Safelite couldn't fix a sandwich.
Actually, I've had good luck with them, with 3 different 'vettes...
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Originally Posted by PatternDayTrader View Post
Do you have access to compressed air and a blow gun ?
If yes, then position the blow gun nozzle on the inside perimeter of the windshield, and blast it with compressed air.
If there is a skip in the urethane bed, you will hear it, and maybe feel it, on the outside of the car. If this isn't the issue, then the glass people are not going to be able to help.

This is your one technical advice freebie.
I'm reasonably sure the fault lies with improper re-installation of the weatherstripping - I'm looking for someone to remove and reinstall the weatherstripping, and checking for possible damage.
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I'm reasonably sure the fault lies with improper re-installation of the weatherstripping - I'm looking for someone to remove and reinstall the weatherstripping, and checking for possible damage.
Yeah if its a weather strip issue, I doubt the glass people will be helpful.
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Originally Posted by PatternDayTrader View Post
Yeah if its a weather strip issue, I doubt the glass people will be helpful.
As stated in my OP - it started leaking after a replacement windshield was installed, but after halfhearted attempts, neither the dealer nor the glass installer will set it right.

Glass Installer, Body Repairman, General Mechanic - whatever. I'm just looking to hire someone with experience to remove the weatherstripping and trim, then reinstalling and hopefully remedy the leak issue.

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Old 05-16-2019, 09:21 PM
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If this leak is dripping off the obd port onto your leg, itís the A-pillar. You need a new one. Commonly damaged by installers
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Originally Posted by Luke42_02 View Post
If this leak is dripping off the obd port onto your leg, itís the A-pillar. You need a new one. Commonly damaged by installers
Thanks, but...
as stated in the OP - Passenger Side A Pillar
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When I was at the NCM Bash I overheard a conversation about replacing a windshield. Someone was giving a buddy of mine advice, as he just got a stone chip on the way there.
Apparently there are 3 clips on each A-pillar that need to be replaced when replacing the windshield. They are one-time use only. If not replaced there is a good chance for a leak. The guy that was telling about it had the same problem and it took him some time to sort it out. He said even the GM instructions don't mention it. I must admit I wasn't paying too much attention to it so don't really have all the details. Might be worth mentioning to the dealer, maybe they can dig into it. Good luck
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Old 05-17-2019, 12:23 AM
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Originally Posted by RiCorvette View Post
Thanks, but...
as stated in the OP - Passenger Side A Pillar
Sorry, I should have been more precise in my wording. I did not mean to replace the A-pillar obviously, but the applique which covers the a-pillar. Although my leak was on the driver side, I would still check the passenger side applique to make sure there is no damage. Damage to the applique can cause a leak and is very easy to do during install
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