Author Topic: W116 Windshield replacement NYC area  (Read 276 times)

postman70

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W116 Windshield replacement NYC area
« on: 18 December 2019, 12:47 PM »
Hello all, was wondering if anyone can recomend a reputable glass guy to install a windshield in my W116. I live in the NYC area..looking for someome who has done them before as i hear its a pain in the a**

daantjie

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Re: W116 Windshield replacement NYC area
« Reply #1 on: 18 December 2019, 01:13 PM »
Yup this job is not for a shop specializing in new cars, you will need to find a shop with some "old school" guys who have done this before.  The 116 has arguably the hardest setup for glass replacement of all Benzes.
Check out the vid made by member "polymathman", this is the gold standard for a how to in this jobby ;)
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Re: W116 Windshield replacement NYC area
« Reply #2 on: 20 December 2019, 05:17 AM »
Thank you for your advice  :)

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Re: W116 Windshield replacement NYC area
« Reply #3 on: 20 December 2019, 11:16 AM »
No worries, here is the youtube link as well:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4hAT0aSIyM

Hope you are not too scared after watching it ;D 

If it's any consolation, I did both front and back myself, but it was murder :o  The vid from Ken helped a ton ;)

I have no choice but to get stuck into my own car, as there is very little support for classic Benzes here in Vancouver.  I would think that in NYC you would for sure be able to find an old school shop that can help you out.  But best to specifically ask if they have done 116's before as it is a bit of unique setup.
« Last Edit: 20 December 2019, 11:26 AM by daantjie »
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Re: W116 Windshield replacement NYC area
« Reply #4 on: 20 December 2019, 12:16 PM »
Where in the NYC area are you?  I'm up in Rockland County and will need to be replacing my windshield at some point too. I figured I would end up trying to do it myself.
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Re: W116 Windshield replacement NYC area
« Reply #5 on: 07 January 2020, 02:13 AM »
Im actually living in duchess county right now..car is currently in the bronx at body shop.did you try to replace yours yet?

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Re: W116 Windshield replacement NYC area
« Reply #6 on: 07 January 2020, 07:24 AM »
No worries, here is the youtube link as well:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4hAT0aSIyM

Hope you are not too scared after watching it ;D 

If it's any consolation, I did both front and back myself, but it was murder :o  The vid from Ken helped a ton ;)

I have no choice but to get stuck into my own car, as there is very little support for classic Benzes here in Vancouver.  I would think that in NYC you would for sure be able to find an old school shop that can help you out.  But best to specifically ask if they have done 116's before as it is a bit of unique setup.
^^^^THIS.  Except I'm not in Vancouver.  If the shop can't say with total confidence that "Yes, we have done many W116 windshields and know how to do it right," then run away.  Not "sure, we do mercedes windshilds," or "we do windshields on old cars all the time," etc. 

Watch the video several times.  It really IS doable yourself.  I wouldn't call it murder but it is very tedious and fiddly.  By following the video your odds are a helluva lot better than taking it a shop that doesn't know that they don't know what they're doing.
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Re: W116 Windshield replacement NYC area
« Reply #7 on: 07 January 2020, 08:17 AM »
To be fair if you've never done it before and have the right tools its a solid 4 hour task. And what raueda1 said above, make sure they have done W116 chassis before. The top corners are the 'murderous' part.
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Re: W116 Windshield replacement NYC area
« Reply #8 on: 07 January 2020, 08:34 AM »
Also to add, best to do this in warm ambient conditions if possible, I would say 20C or thereabouts.  It just gives more flex and give to all the components, you really do need all the help you can get, especially as others have mentioned, in the top corners things can get "interesting" :o
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