It may be a chip or crack that cannot be repaired. Possibly an accident has caused serious damage to your vehicle, and the windshield has got to go. Windshield replacement is not one of the most complicated, nor costly automobile repairs out there. In some cases, you may be able to turn a broken windshield into a Colorado Springs afternoon DIY project.
You will need to make sure you have a basic understanding of the process. You’ll need to find a replacement windshield and may have to purchase a few specialized tools and adhesives. And if you’re smart, you won’t go at it alone. A friend or two will make the job safer and easier. Even if it costs you a case of beer later that evening!
Feeling Brave? DIY Windshield Replacement
First you’ll need to find a suitable replacement for your broken windshield. You can probably find a shop in town that will sell you just the windshield. Or you can go online and buy the glass as well as the tools, sealants and primers that you will need to do the installation at home.
Once you’ve got your new windshield, you’ll have some basic preparation to take care of. You’ll need to remove the wipers from the windshield as well as the side and rear-view mirrors. This can usually be easily accomplished with a screwdriver and a wrench.
The trim around the windshield needs to be removed. A specialized tool designed just for this may be necessary, but should be in stock at your local automotive parts store. Once the trim is gone, the sealant that is affixed to the glass will need to be removed, taking care not to break the glass as you cut it away. Some automobiles have a rubber gasket that will need to be taken out. If it is not damaged, it may be possible to re-use it.
Push the damaged windshield from the inside out, or use suction cups to pull the glass from the frame and onto the hood of the vehicle. You’ll find that engaging the services of a friend (or two) will make a DIY windshield replacement project infinitely easier. Move the broken windshield away from the work area.
Check the inside of the windshield frame for rust, dirt or other debris. Sand away any rust and apply a primer if necessary. It’s advisable to apply a thin layer of primer around the edge of the new windshield as well. When the primer is completely dry, you are ready to put the urethane adhesive down. The easiest way to do this is to use a specially designed electric caulking gun.
Making sure that the new windshield is properly aligned, carefully move the glass into place. It is important that no dirt or dust come into contact with the windshield, the adhesive and the frame as this will weaken the integrity of the finished product. Using gloves reduces the chance of contaminating the bonding areas.
Go Pro. When You Should Call the Shop
Rarely, a windshield will have to be specially ordered and have unique installation requirements. If you are driving an expensive import or a golden oldie, you may have to approach an auto glass shop to find the glass specific to your vehicle. In this case, it may be better to let a professional installer order the necessary supplies and do the replacement for you. If you are looking for the best auto glass Colorado Springs has to offer, look no further than Auto Glass Pro Shop. http;//autoglass-coloradosprings.com