Training Time January/February 2023

2022 Toyota Supra

By Alfredo Calva

DOT#: 985
VIN#: WZ1DB0C04NW046881

1 I start by removing the interior parts to confirm that all of the brackets are exactly the same. I use a tack puller to remove the cover behind the rearview mirror and start separating the top and work my way down.

2 Before dismounting the camera, disconnect the heating element. This will give you more room in which to work.

3 To dismount the camera, ply open the two tabs on its top corners. Then, pull down and slide the camera up. The first time is always more difficult.

4 To remove the exterior side mouldings, start by removing the rubber seal on the side of the moulding to expose the torx screws.

5 Remove the torx screws.

6 Ply the moulding up a little from the outside. Start at the top and get as close as possible to the metal clip and unclip it. There are a total of four clips.

7 It’s now time to remove the parts under the hood. Memorize windshield wiper positioning or take a quick picture and remove the wipers.

8 I recommend using a wiper puller to remove the wipers for this vehicle.

9 Remove the two plastic covers on both ends before removing the cowling.

10 Finish removing the cowling by plying it off the retaining moulding from the glass.

11 The windshield is now completely exposed and ready for removal. Use your tool of choice for cutout. Keep in mind that the top of the glass is very close to the roof.

12 Prep the vehicle and the glass by following your adhesive manufacturers’ recommendations.

13 Dismount the rain sensor from the old glass, release the metal clip from the bracket and gently pull it off.

14 Apply the new rain sensor gel and reinstall it.

15 Whenever you see spacers, I highly recommend reusing them! It helps deck the glass correctly and keeps you from having gaps between the mouldings.

16 Reinstall all exterior parts in the reverse order of removal.

17 Guide the camera back onto the bracket and push it until it clicks on the bracket tabs. Plug the heating element connector back in, as well as the rain sensor and rearview mirror connector.

18 Once you finish with the replacement and post inspection, it’s time to recalibrate and get this vehicle back on the road safely.

Alfredo Calva is the president of Alfredo’s Auto Glass in Corona, Calif.

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