Windshield

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Windshield

W220 vehicles have heated windshield with rain and daylight sensors. Optionally windshield can have infrared reflective coating. Facelift windshields have different rain and daylight sensor lens.

Aftermarket windshields for W220 are produced by XYG, Olimpia, Benson, FYG and Pilkington. Pilkington is MB OE producer, therefore it is possible to order windshield directly from Pilkington much cheaper than from MB dealer. The glass will be identical to original MB glass, exept that windshield will be missing the small MB logo on the windshield marking.

For Pilkington glass markings VSG IR and VSG WD means the following:

  • V "Special Glass" and is a standard.
  • SG in German language is "sichereitsglass" (safe screen).
  • IR in German language is "Infra Rot" (termal screen or low transmition).
  • WD in German language is "wärmedämmend" (green glass).
Image Description Marking
W220 pilkington windshield 43R001536 prefacelift original.jpg Pilkington M502 original pre-facelift windshield (with IR coating). Pilkington E1 43R-001536 AS1 M502 DOT25 VSG IR 2626
W220 pilkington windshield 43R001536 prefacelift aftermarket.jpg Pilkington M502 aftermarket pre-facelift windshield (with IR coating). Pilkington E1 43R-001536 AS1 M502 DOT25 VSG IR 2626
W220 pilkington windshield 43R001536 facelift oem.jpg Pilkington M1864 aftermarket facelift windshield (with IR coating). Price 390 EUR (2016.06.25). Pilkington E1 43R-001536 AS1 M1864 DOT682 VSG IR 2626 CCC E000202
W220 pilkington windshield 43R001588 facelift oem.jpg Pilkington M1260 aftermarket facelift windshield. Pilkington E1 43R-001588 AS1 M1260 DOT682 VSG WD 2626 CCC E000202
W220 xyg windshield 43R001530 facelift aftermarket.jpg XYG M658 aftermarket facelift windshield XYG LAMINATED SAFETY GLASS E1 43R001530 AS1 M658 DOT563 CCC E000039
W220 PPG SUNGATE facelift windshield M448 IR coating.jpg PPG SUNGATE M448 facelift windshield (with IR coating). PPG SUNGATE E11 43R00027 VSG-IR 2525 AS1 M448 DOT18 CCC E000247


Windshield Heating

W220 windshield is equipped with heating element in the windshield area of non-activated windshield wipers. The heating element usually has cutout for the VIN number sticker, since in US it is a federal requirement that the VIN number be visible through the windshield.

Windshield heating element.
Windshield heating connector.
Windshield VIN cutout.

Infrared Reflecting Windshield

Vehicles with option code HEAT INSULATING+IR REFLECTG.SAFETY GLASS ALL-ROUND are equipped with infrared reflecting glass including windshield, which reduces the amount of radiated heat entering the interior through the windows.

"IR" mark on the windshield denoting infrared reflecting glass.

Infrared transparent areas

The infrared reflecting glass also prevents the transmission of signals through the glass by in-vehicle electronic devices (e.g. electronic toll collection devices). To allow the use of these devices in the vehicle, two infrared transparent areas (1) and (2) are placed in the windshield.

W220 infrared reflecting windshield mounting toll device.jpg
  • (1) Mounting location for electronic toll collection devices (infrared transparent)
  • (2) Infrared transparent area (pass-through for electronic signals)
  • (3) 31.5 in (80 cm)
  • (4) 19.0 in (48 cm)
  • (5) 1.75 in (4.5 cm)

Rain Sensor

In facelift vehicles there is no separate daylight sensor, since daylight sensor is integrated in the rain sensor.

Part No. Notes
A2108205710 To Date: 30/09/2002
A2098200726 From Date: 30/09/2002, Replaced by: A2098202426
A2098202426 From Date: 30/09/2002, Replaced by: A2098203126
A2098203126 From Date: 30/09/2002, Replaced by: A2218702826
A2218702826 From Date: 30/09/2002
A2108205710 - pre-facelift rain sensor (back).
A2108205710 - pre-facelift rain sensor (front).
A2108205710 - pre-facelift rain sensor (side).
A2218702826 - facelift rain and daylight sensor (back).
A2218702826 - facelift rain and daylight sensor (front).
A2218702826 - facelift rain and daylight sensor (side).
Windshield rain sensor lens.
Windshield rain sensor cutouts.


W220 remove install rain sensor.jpg
  • 1 - Electrical connector
  • 2 - Retaining clips
  • 3 - Lens
  • A67 - Inside rearview mirror unit
  • B38 - Rain sensor

Remove/Install

  1. Disconnect ground cable of battery
  2. Remove inside rearview mirror unit (A67) with cover
  3. Detach electrical connector (1) at rain sensor (B38)
  4. Release retaining clamps (2) on rain sensor (B38) to left and right
  5. Remove rain sensor (B38). The lens (3) of the rain sensor (B38) is bonded to the windshield and must not be removed, otherwise the lens (3) will be damaged.
  6. Install in the reverse order.
  7. Perform function check
  8. Read coding of the windshield adaptation for rain sensor and of adaptation of the light sensor booster factor using STAR DIAGNOSIS and replace if necessary, select windshield variant.
  9. Connect STAR DIAGNOSIS, read out fault memory

Daylight Sensor

In facelift vehicles there is no separate daylight sensor, since daylight sensor is integrated in rain sensor. For pre-facelift vehicles daylight sensor has part no. A2208203326.

A2208203326 - pre-facelift daylight sensor (back).
A2208203326 - pre-facelift daylight sensor (front).
Pre-facelift rain and daylight sensor mounted.


W220 remove install daylight sensor.jpg
  • 1 - Cover
  • 2 - Cover
  • 3 - Plug-in wiring plug connection
  • 4 - Clips
  • B32/1 - Automatic light switch daylight sensor

Remove/Install

  1. Disconnect ground cable of battery
  2. Remove overhead control panel control unit
  3. Unclip covering (1) and (2)
  4. Release clips (4) on left and right
  5. Remove automatic light switch daylight sensor (B32/1). Lens of automatic light switch daylight sensor (B32/1) is bonded to the windshield. Do not replace.
  6. Unplug electrical connector (3) from automatic light switch daylight sensor (B32/1).
  7. Install in the reverse order.
  8. Perform function check.

Installing Windshield

W220 windshield heated window connector.jpg
  • 1 - Windshield
  • 2 - Heated window connector

Remove

  1. Remove rain sensor (B38)
  2. Unclip automatic light switch daylight sensor (B32/1)
  3. Remove wiper arms. Always remove ignition key when working on windshield wiper mechanism.
  4. Remove water deflector over wiper system
  5. Disconnect electrical connector for heated window (2)
  6. Remove both panelings from outside of A-pillar
  7. Remove ornamental frame on windshield.
  8. Cut out windshield (1) with Roll Out 2004 window removal tool
  9. Remove windshield (1) from body with Cup suction tools
Windshield removed (bottom/side).
Windshield removed (top/side).

Install

  1. Prepare 1-component adhesive cartridge 000589866300
  2. Prepare body flange for installation of window
  3. Replace rubber spacers. Do not remove protective foil.
  4. Prepare windshield (1) for glazing.
  5. Align windshield (1) in the body opening. Observe gap - distance between top edge of window and front edge of roof. Dimension "A" mm 12.
  6. Remove protective foil from rubber spacers.
  7. Smooth sealing channel with hand roller.
  8. Apply adhesive material. Install windshield (1) within 10 minutes before adhesive force of adhesive material starts to decrease. Height of glue bead approx. 13 mm.
  9. Install windshield (1). Open a side window in the vehicle to prevent the windshield (1) from being pressed outward by air pressure when the door is closed.
  10. The waiting time (time before vehicle can be driven) is approx. 1 h calculated from the time the windshield (1) is installed.
  11. Install ornamental frame on wind deflector.
  12. Install paneling on outside of A-pillar.
  13. Install water repellent over wiper system.
  14. Install wiper arms.
  15. Disconnect electric connector (2) for heated window.
  16. Install rain sensor.
  17. Clip in automatic light switch daylight sensor.
  18. Clean windshield (1).
  19. Code adaptation of rain sensor and light sensor amplification factor and select type of windshield. Engine hood and driver door must be closed. Connect STAR DIAGNOSIS and read out fault memory.

DAS adaptations

Rain/light sensor adaptation menu in DAS.
Specifying windshield version in DAS.
Rain sensor adaptation in DAS.
Seting light sensor amplification factor in DAS.
Rain/light sensor values in DAS.