Question about 2003 Audi A4 Cabriolet
The glass which is the rear window on my 2003 audi a4 convertible has loosened from the cloth roof in the lower right and left corners. It has been glued a couple of times, but every time it loosenes again quickly. Water seeps in when it is raining. I have even been in touch with 3M to see if they have a glue strong enough to stand the strain from the roof going up and down. Tried one of their glues without luck. It only lasted a few days. Audi claims that a replacement roof will run me 5,000 USD... How can I fix this?
Well I went to Lowes and shopped for a construction adhesive. I picked PL brand Polyurethane Premium Construction Adhesive because it is (so they say) 3 times stronger than ordinary adhesives.
It is also water and weather proof
Bonds to wood, metal, stone, concrete, masonry, bricks, vinyl, plastics
It came in a tube (you know.. chaulking gun style)
How could it NOT hold glass to fabric??? Thats what I said to myself.. well when we have nothing to lose, we'll try anything.
I put a good bead about 3/8 of an inch in between the glass and fabric, waited 7 days and then razored the excess off the glass. Applied black permanent marker and I'm done. So, it's been about 2 weeks and it's holding well so far.
I'm a betting man, but I won't bet this is going to hold... would you?
Posted on Dec 18, 2008
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Posted on Sep 26, 2011
I had the same problem on a 2005 S4. My Audi dealer here in Pittsburgh sent me to an auto trim shop that sealed the window with "an epoxy after releasing the pressure around the glass" (their words).
It only cost $450. The shop said they've done this before and were confident it would solve the problem.
If you're in the Pittsburgh area the shop is called Michael's Auto Trim Shop and it's in Penn Hills on Leechburg road.
If you're not in the Pittsburgh area I would suggest trying to find an auto trim and upholstery shop that might be able to do the same thing.
Posted on Dec 18, 2008
I just had my top replaced due to the same problem (glass loose). Audi told me this was the first year karmann (I believe of karmann ghia fame) made the convertible tops and the 2003 models have had a bunch of failures in the 4+ year range. They also told me the newer tops last longer. Be careful if you get the top replaced, ask for Audi original. I didn't ask the repair shop for the true Audi top and got an OEM replacement. I notice there is no flat seam next to the rear window, so when it rains the water tends to pool up near the bottom of the glass and the top is wavy under the rear glass.
Posted on Nov 11, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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