Training Time May/June 2019

2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia

By Alfredo Calva

Meet Alfredo Calva

AGRR is pleased to introduce Alfredo Calva, president of Alfredo’s Auto Glass in Corona, Calif., as the new author of the Training Time installation column in each issue. Calva has 19 years of experience in the industry and is a frequent competitor and multiple finalist in the Windshield Repair and Auto Glass Replacement Techician competitions held each year at Auto Glass Week.

1,2,3. This is a 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia windshield replacement. The part number used is FW4650, and finding the correct part could be challenging, due to the fact that it calls for a lane departure warning system, solar coated, for-ward collision alert, no rain sensor, although it’s only equipped with a rain and condensation sensor.

4. Remove the cover behind the rear view mirror by plying away from the windshield towards the mirror.

5,6,7. Remove the rain sensor and condensation sensor, while pulling the rain sensor away from the windshield carefully.

8,9. Removing the rear view mirror. Turn it counter clockwise to dismantle the rear view mirror. Lastly, unplug the blue connector.

10,11. Remove the cowl ends with a plastic stick, and carefully push the clip off. Be careful not to let the clips fall inside the fenders.

12. A wiper puller is recommended to remove the wipers. Remove the washer carefully after removing the nut.

13,14,15,16. Finish removing the cowling by removing the clips, then ply one of the ends of the cowling away from the glass. Separate it from the retaining moulding.

17. Use your tool of choice to cut out the windshield. Keep in mind that the windshield has an undersided moulding.

18,19. Prep the body and prep the glass. I chose to apply urethane to the pinchweld due to the many curves along the bottom of the pinchweld.

20,21. Apply gel to the rain sensor until rain sensor gel bulging out is achieved: let it cure than re-install it.

22. Reinstall the parts in reverse order. Congratulations on a safe windshield replacement.

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

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