What Is the Process of a Windshield Replacement?

Whenever a vehicle has a chip, crack or break in the windshield, it is time to have it repaired or replaced. After a full inspection to assess the damage, a professional can determine the proper solution. So, exactly what happens during an auto glass replacement?

Anything larger than a small chip in the windshield will require replacement, usually with OEM quality glass. A professional company will use only the best materials and instructions that are recommended by the vehicle manufacturer to ensure the windshield will hold up properly once the job is completed.

There are specific steps that are taken to ensure that the job is done correctly. These include:

The Removal of the Windshield – The removal or extraction of the damaged windshield can be challenging, and requires specific tools. The windshield trim and cowl must be removed. During the removal of the windshield, special care needs to be taken to ensure that the pinch weld is not damaged during the process. Any damage to the pinch weld can create a situation where the adhesive does not properly seal, which could lead to rust, corrosion and leaks in the future.

Choosing the Right Replacement Windshield – The exact proper windshield needs to be replaced to eliminate any potential problem with the fit. The original factory windshield is built to exact specifications, where aftermarket glass might be crafted too thin.

Applying New High-Quality Pieces – Only the best adhesive should be used to fully secure the new windshield in place. Anything less could cause a compromise in the seal later, resulting in leaks, rust and corrosion.

Installation of the New Windshield – Fully certified technicians will properly place the new windshield before reinstalling the trim and cowl that were removed before taking out the old, damaged windshield.

Allow the Adhesive to Cure – It is imperative that the vehicle remains in place for at least one hour after the new windshield has been installed. This will provide enough time for the adhesive to cure.

Overall, the entire process takes approximately two hours to complete. The technician can remove the damaged windshield along with the old adhesive seal quickly, and install the new windshield all within less than an hour. However, it is important to allow the vehicle to remain in place for at least an hour to allow the adhesive seal to dry. Once the job is completed, the vehicle owner will be given a receipt that contains the warranty on all of the materials and work performance provided.