Windshield Replacement

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  1. Zac Reynolds

    Zac Reynolds New Member

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    So I had a rock fly up and smash my windshield. I got it replaced and the guy was cool enough to let me watch and take pics. So this is a rough write up on how to replace the windshield.

    First- remove the cover around the rear view mirror, twist the rear view counter clockwise, then disconnect the electrical connections

    Second- pry the outside corner covers off

    Third- from the outside run a calling remover tool down the top of the windshield, make sure you can push the top of the windshield out before moving on

    Fourth- using a flat scraper work both inside corners of the windshield

    Fifth- carefully remove windshield, this guy did it alone I'd want someone with me

    Sixth- cut away the old caulking, the thick black rubber you see in the pic

    Seventh- use a saw horse or two to lay the new windshield on, use a specialized windshield primer to go around the edge of the windshield and the frame where you removed the old caulking

    Eighth- disconnect electrical connectors from old windshield and connect on new windshield, be careful with the metal clips holding them in

    Ninth- run new windshield adhesive/caulking around frame where old caulking was, put new windshield in place, make sure the bottom trim piece snaps ALL the way in place it has a u channel, the guy used a about 1/8 plastic or plexiglass tool shaped like a tongue depresser to help do this, at one point he used a rubber mallet and the plastic tool to tamp it in place, the guy did say getting the windshield to resit in the channel is the biggest pain, once in the channel press in all 4 corners of windshield and the centers of the windshield to insure a tight seal with adhesive/caulking

    Tenth- reconnect mirror and connections, reinstall mirror cover, reinstall outside corner trim pieces

    Hope this helps or was informative
     

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  2. Zac Reynolds

    Zac Reynolds New Member

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    Forgot, don't go to a car wash or wash the car for 24hrs or you'll pop a hole on the seal. Rain is fine but nothing high pressure.
     
  3. persquank

    persquank Active Member

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    I just got a crack in mine as well. Did the new glass have the mirror mount already glued in place or did they have to transfer it from the old one?
     
  4. Zac Reynolds

    Zac Reynolds New Member

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    It was in place on the new glass
     

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