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    I'm having a problem with the plastic canal piece under the windshield wipers. It appears that when my car sits in the sun for a little while, I am able to push the piece under my windshield and feel the bottom of the windshield. Does anyone else have this problem?

    I would think that there would at least be some kind of seal underneath it but there doesn't appear to be. What exactly is under this piece? I am afraid that when it rains and when I wash the car water is getting under the piece.

    Here is a pic of the piece, any help or insight is appreciated!


    EDIT: Errr, can't post a pic yet!

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    Don't understand the question, but I'm looking forward to the picture
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    The plastic at the bottom of the windshield that the wipers stick through is called the cowling. The cowling is not water-tight. In fact, much of the time there is ventilation cut into the cowling.

    The real seal for your windshield is between the glass and the metal auto-body. Your auto-glass manufacturer uses a high-tech adhesive to secure your windshield; it's air-tight, water-tight, and strong enough to keep your windshield attached and you in the vehicle in the event of an accident. When the air bag blows, it bounces off your windshield at very high velocity, then springs into place in front of you.

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    Great first post!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CapDubOh View Post
    I'm having a problem with the plastic canal piece under the windshield wipers. It appears that when my car sits in the sun for a little while, I am able to push the piece under my windshield and feel the bottom of the windshield. Does anyone else have this problem?

    I would think that there would at least be some kind of seal underneath it but there doesn't appear to be. What exactly is under this piece? I am afraid that when it rains and when I wash the car water is getting under the piece.

    Here is a pic of the piece, any help or insight is appreciated!


    EDIT: Errr, can't post a pic yet!
    Reminds me of an old story:

    Patient: Whenever I touch this spot <touch> it hurts <OUCH>
    Doctor: My recommendation is "Stop touching it".
    Patient: Hey...that really works!!!

    In other words....stop pushing on it, end of problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinister View Post
    Great first post!
    Thanks *blush* I'm actually part of the team at TeleGlass's Seeing Clearly, a blog about auto glass. I liked this post because it's something I know something about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeleGlass View Post
    Thanks *blush* I'm actually part of the team at TeleGlass's Seeing Clearly, a blog about auto glass. I liked this post because it's something I know something about.
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    I'll be here. I keep trying to get my wife in a Subaru... maybe when it's time to go car shopping I'll throw up a post on ways to convince one's spouse...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeleGlass View Post
    I'll be here. I keep trying to get my wife in a Subaru... maybe when it's time to go car shopping I'll throw up a post on ways to convince one's spouse...
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    Ah the cowling!

    Thanks for answering my question! Now I can stop worrying about it! Where does the water go? It looks like the cowling is supposed to act as a seal between the firewall and the windshield.

    I wasn't trying to push on it, I was washing the car. On every other car I've seen, this piece was at least firmly attached to the windshield.

    Sorry I haven't replied sooner, I am out of town working.

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    It's mainly there to stop leaves and crap from falling down between the windshield and back of the hood. Water just drains throught the slots/sides and down. It isn't meant as a water seal of any kind.
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