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The window is unglued on the bottom and sides.

My VW bug convertible back window has come unglued. The window is unglued on the bottom and sides. The top part of the window is still solidly attached. How can it be fixed? If I take it to the dealer will they fix it?

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The dealer can fix virtually any problem with a late model car. But, if you use epoxy or trim adhesive, you may be able to do the repair yourself.

I once used 'gel' super glue to exactly meter and put glue where it belongs and get an instant bond on rubber to glass or rubber to metal bonding.

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