auto windshield repair

How to Replace an Auto Windshield

Don’t let that cracked windshield linger! Driving with a cracked windshield can get you a nasty little ticket, moreover its unsafe!

While the price of having a new one installed may at first seem a little steep, there’s actually quite few steps that the installer just makes LOOK easy.

Here’s a quick rundown of what goes into replacing the average windshield:

  • First the installer must detach anything on or near the windshield.
  • Then the installer must cover all the heater and defroster vents with paper or plastic and check the gasket around the window for cracks. If it’s cracked or damaged, they have to replace it.
  • Otherwise they must separate it from the frame and gasket using special tools or at least a really thin screwdriver  and push away the glass from the frame by pushing the glass from the inside.
  • Next to ensure a good seal they must clean around all the edges to remove dirt, rust etc.
  • If it turns out gasket replacement is necessary (and it usually is) they must place the new gasket around the new windshield.
  • The final step requires the installer to coat the outer edge of the gasket with petroleum jelly and slowly lower the glass onto the frame and press it down to complete the seal and ensure a snug fit.

When you consider all that plus the cost of the new windshield and often times free mobile installation offered by many services that steep price begins to make a little more sense.

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