How Do You Take A Windshield Out Of A Car
How do you take a windshield out of a car is not difficult mentally, but physically, this task requires at least two people with the right tools and supplies. The reason why two people are needed for this task is so that the removal of the windshield is done safely for the people doing it and to protect the car from any unnecessary damage. Also keep in mind that different parts of the car are at great risk during the removal of the windshield; therefore, before the removal, proper research should be done on the particular vehicle from the make and model of the car to what year the car was manufactured. This all will determine how the windshield itself will be removed. The tools and supplies needed for this task are:
- Eye protection
- Safety gloves
- Large towel or cardboard
- Utility cutting knife
- Pry bar
- Silicone putty lubricant
- 2 suction-cups with handles
- Phillips-head screwdriver
- Protect yourself by using the proper covering for yourself and anyone else who is assisting you in the removal of the windshield. Protecting your eyes and skin is imperative before removing the windshield. Before attempting to remove the windshield from the vehicle, make sure everyone involved in the removal of the windshield is wearing safety gloves and eye protection because pieces of the glass may break off and get into the eyes or pierce the skin.
- Don’t forget to protect the vehicle so that there will be minimum damage to the vehicle if any. You can protect the vehicle by covering the vents inside the vehicle with tape to prevent anything from falling inside them. Don’t forget to remove the rear view mirror inside the car along with the windshield wipers because these items can also cause unnecessary damage to the vehicle when the windshield is being taken out. Also, place a large towel or cardboard over the hood to prevent any unnecessary scratches from the tools being used or the windshield itself during the removal.
- After all of this preparatory work is done, the next step is to check if the weather stripping or the rubber gasket around the edge of the windshield is still soft or has any cracks. If the stripping has cracks or is no longer soft around the windshield, the seal needs to be removed because it is not reusable. The removal of the seal can be done by using a utility cutting knife along with a pry bar.
- Once the stripping is removed, a silicone putty lubricant should be applied around the edge of the glass while the two suction cups with handles are attached to the windshield. The lubricant is used so that the windshield will effortlessly slide out of the frame while the two suction-cups with handles are assisting the person who is on the outside of the vehicle waiting to catch the windshield as you gently push it out of the frame.
- Your windshield is now removed from the car and the last step that will complete your task is to make arrangements on how you will dispose of the windshield. Proper disposal of the removed windshield is just as important as steps one and two in the initial removal. The proper disposal of the removed windshield is important because you don’t want anyone to get cut from the windshield because it is just lying around on the floor.