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How To Install Car Windshield
Learning how to install car windshield is something that you don’t even think about when you purchase a car, as all cars come quipped with a windshield at the time of purchase. However, a windshield provides many benefits, such as it protects you from the elements, and it contributes to your safety. In view of this, it’s important to install a car windshield correctly.
To install car windshield, you will need:
- Glass Prep
- Caulking gun
- Prepare the frame. Clean windshield opening from any rust, sealant or debris left from the previous windshield. Any rust or dents on the frame could prevent a perfect fit and cause leaks. Wipe the gasket on the new windshield to remove any contaminants, which could affect adhesion.
- Ensure proper fit. Pick up the windshield from one end and have a friend pick it from the other end. Carefully place it in the windshield opening. Remove the replacement windshield once you ascertain that it fits properly.
- Prime the pinchweld. If metal is exposed and not primed, it will rust and affect adhesion.
- Prepare the replacement windshield for the glass primer. Clean the gasket around the new windshield. Remove any dust or debris from the interior side of the car windshield. Apply glass prep along the glass edge on the interior side. Apply the glass primer over the glass prep to ensure proper bonding between the windshield and the urethane.
- Use a caulking gun to run a bead of urethane along the pinchweld. The urethane ensures that the windshield bonds properly to the frame. Place the windshield in the windshield opening once again. Apply pressure along the edge of the replacement window to ensure that it sits right in the frame.
- Remount the cowl, windshield wipers and the moldings.
- Test for leaks. Apply water to the car windshield. Inspect the car’s interior to make sure that there are no leaks.
If you ever wondered how to install car windshield, there you have it. Remember to let the urethane set properly before driving your car. Follow the product’s instructions on curing time.
Posted on: Jun. 23, 2010