How To Replace Windshield
Learn how to replace your car windshield on your automobile to save some money. Replacing your own windshield can save you money. If your current windshield is cracked, you will need to replace it immediately. It may also be illegal to drive with a cracked windshield in your state.
Supplies you will need to replace your windshield:
- New windshield (if your budget allows, choose an OEM replacement model)
- Windshield installation kit (for removing old adhesive and bonding new windshield)
- Suction cups
- Socket wrench set
- Remove the wiper assembly on your car. Remove the hardware so that you can take off your windshield wipers. There may be trim pieces which are covering the bolt attaching the wiper to the car. Remove the trim, and unscrew the bolts attaching the wiper to the car.
- Remove miscellaneous molding from the windshield area. Remove any trim pieces which may keep your existing windshield from coming out of the channel. This can be decorative trim material, and usually comes in a black or chrome color. Be careful not to break or bend the molding, as you will be reusing it.
- Remove the gasket. There is a rubber gasket which will surround your entire windshield from the outside, which needs to be peeled off the channel.
- Remove the existing adhesive. The existing adhesive will need to be removed from the windshield channel. Use your scraper blade to remove the entire existing adhesive from the channel. Be sure to remove any excess material from the windshield channel. Old urethane can prevent your new windshield from being properly installed. Once you are done with the exterior you will also need to remove adhesive from the interior of the windshield as well.
- Take off the existing windshield. Use the suction cups to remove the existing windshield from the car. You should have a second person helping, as the windshield is large and bulky.
- Clean the new windshield. The new window needs to be cleaned before installation. Once the window is clean placer primer on the edges of the windshield. The primer will help the windshield adhere to the urethane. Place a bead of new adhesive urethane in the channel. The adhesive needs to be applied in a smooth even manner.
- Mount the new windshield. Use the suction cups to lift the windshield, and place the new window into the proper position. Once the new windshield is mounted, replace the wiper motor assembly on the car. Replace all the other trim pieces as well, which you removed in step 2.