How to Install a Windshield on Vehiclesby Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017
The Vehicles is the most popular Vehicles sold by Vehicles. It's considered a heavy-duty Vehicles meant Vehicles hauling and towing. Because of this, it should be no surprise that over time, it will accumulate its fair share of dings and dents. Stone chips in windshields are common among Vehicles that are used Vehicles hauling, towing and other heavy-duty applications. However, when a stone chip turns into a crack, it may be time to replace the entire windshield before it spreads, shatters and makes a mess all over the inside of the Vehicles. Once the Windshield has been removed, you'll need to know how to install a windshield in a Vehicles properly so that it seals.
Under The Hood:
- How to Install a Windshield on a Suzuki Samurai
- How to Install a Windshield on a Freightliner Classic
- How to Install a Windshield in a C3 Corvette
- How to Install a Windshield in a 1957 Chevy Car
- How to Install a Windshield on a Harley Softail
- How to Install a Windshield in a Ford F150
Remove the windshield wipers. Pop the cap off at the base of the wipers with a flat head screwdriver, then remove the bolt underneath with a socket. Once the bolt is removed, the windshield wiper will lift off your Samurai.
Remove the trim from around the windshield of your Samurai. While this can be accomplished with a windshield trim tool, your flat head screw driver will work just as well. Just work the edge of your tool under the trim and lift up, disengaging the clips that hold the trim to your windshield. Try not to break the clips underneath. You will need them to replace the trim later.
Cut through the band of urethane adhesive holding the windshield in. The band will run around the edges of your windshield, and needs to be cut away as evenly and thoroughly as possible.
Loosen the windshield in its frame. Place the edge of a crowbar under one of the bottom corners of the windshield and force it up. Once the corner is loose, continue loosening around the entire frame. Be extremely careful because it is very easy to shatter your damaged windshield at this point in the process.
Lift the windshield by the edges and remove it from your Samurai. You should get help from a friend to do this because the windshield is both surprisingly heavy and fragile.
Wash the frame in which the windshield sits with a clean, wet cloth, then dry it completely.
Paint on a flat, even coat of urethane primer over the windshield frame. The primer is what causes the adhesive to bond to the windshield, so it's vital that you ensure that it covers the area where you lay the adhesive down.
Use a caulking gun to set down a new band of urethane adhesive around the frame.
Set the new windshield into place. You'll want to have your friend help again. Make sure the windshield lays flat in its frame, and is set in right side up.
Replace the trim and the windshield wipers by following steps one and two in reverse.
Items you will need
Flat head screwdriver
Windshield trim tool
Set a ladder up on each side of your Freightliner Classic's hood to allow access to the windshield.
Take off your Freightliner Classic's windshield wiper arms. The method will vary depending on the year of the vehicle. Consult your owner's manual for details.
Take off the trim from around your windshield. An auto parts store will sell you a trim tool specific to the Freightliner Classic. However, in the absence of one, a flat-head screwdriver will work. With either tool, insert the blade under the trim and force it up, being very careful not to break the tabs underneath that hold the trim to the frame.
Cut away the band of adhesive from around your windshield. You should use a sharp razor or knife for this job, and it's important that you cut it away as evenly as possible.
Insert your crowbar under one of the bottom corners of your windshield. Apply pressure on the crowbar until you pop the windshield out of its frame. From there you will need to work your way around the entire frame, loosening it as you go. Be careful. It is very easy to shatter your Freightliner Classic's old windshield during this step.
Climb the ladder on one side of your Freightliner Classic, and have an assistant climb the other. From here, the two of you will need to lift the loosened windshield out of its frame and carry it to the ground. Be careful. The windshield is very large and heavy and can shatter easier than you would think.
Paint a coat of urethane primer around the groove where the new windshield will fit.
Lay down a band of urethane adhesive over the primer. Without the primer, the adhesive will not bond to the windshield.
Insert the new windshield into the groove. Once again you will have the climb the ladder to reach the windshield groove, and you will definitely need the help of your assistant. Make sure to insert it right side up and that it lays flat and evenly in its grooves.
Replace the trim and the windshield wiper arms.
Items you will need
Freightliner Classic trim tool or flat-head screwdriver
Unscrew the rear view mirror and slide it out. Set aside.
Lift up the wipers and pry them off the car with a large flathead screwdriver positioned between the large nut and the arm. Rock the screwdriver back and forth until the wipers come off. Set them aside.
Seal off the vents on the dashboard with masking tape.
Cut away the windshield's rubber gasket by inserting a knife into the rubber next to the windshield glass from inside the Corvette. Cut all the way around, then push the glass out with your hands or feet while a friend wearing gloves catches it from the outside.
Wipe the edge of the windshield opening with a damp cloth. Wipe the sealant off of the replacement gasket. Put the gasket in a sunny place to make it more flexible.
Fit the new gasket around the new windshield with the gasket's slit facing outside the vehicle. Run a bead of sealant along the bottom half channel on the gasket.
Wipe petroleum jelly into the gasket's outer groove, applying a little extra to the top center and bottom center. Starting at the bottom center, put the heavy nylon cord around the outer groove. Leave about a foot length on each end hanging out the bottom center.
Place the windshield into the windshield opening from outside the Corvette. Make sure the cord ends dangle inside the car.
Pull one cord end slowly out and all the way around the frame. This will pull the rubber lip of the gasket into place. Ask your helper to press the gasket onto the outside edge of the vehicle.
Reinstall the rear view mirror and wipers. Wait 48 hours before driving the vehicle.
Items you will need
Large flathead screwdriver
Nylon cord, one-half inch thick
Prepare the windshield. Place the rubber molding around the windshield. Starting at the center of the bottom of the molding, insert the cord into the channel of the molding and thread it around the entire length of the windshield and molding. Be sure to overlap the cord two or three inches at the bottom, leaving about a foot of cord outside of the molding. A small piece of tape can be used to secure the cord inside of the molding's lip.
Lubricate the molding. Mix a solution of two parts water and one part liquid soap (dish detergent) in the spray bottle and mix well. Spray the entire perimeter of the windshield molding channel containing the cord. Spray the metal lip of the car where the windshield molding will be installed. This will help the rubber molding slide over the steel lip and secure the windshield.
Install the windshield. With the help of a friend, place the windshield and molding onto the bottom edge of the metal lip of the windshield opening of the car. Have a helper push against the windshield holding it in place while you get inside the car. From inside the car, pull the cord while your helper pushes against the windshield. Continue pulling the cord as the rubber lip of the molding slides over the metal lip and the windshield slips into place.
Items you will need
Thin plastic putty knife
Cover the front fuel tank and headlamp with the dry clean cloths to prevent scratching the painted areas and chrome during installation.
Remove the protective adhesive from the new windshield. Center the protective tape on the front panel trim piece and wrap it over the front panel trim piece. This will prevent your the front panel trim strip from scratching during installation.
Attach the flat washers, bushings and mushroom screws to the front panel trim strip without tightening the screws completely. The exact order of washer and screw installation will depend upon which Softail windshield installation kit you purchase. Be sure to follow the exact instructions of your specific installation kit if you have them.
Screw the front panel trim strip with attached screws and washers into the windshield glass.
Attach the jaws of the bottom windshield assembly onto the docking bushings located on the front headlamp. Then hook the top windshield assembly jaws into the grooves of the upper docking bushings.
Press the windshield firmly into place until it is seated on the docking bushings.
Tighten the remaining loose screws and remove the protective adhesive from the front trim strip.
Items you will need
Softail windshield installation kit
Clean up any residual urethane after removing the old windshield with a razor blade. Cut the old urethane down to approximately 3 mm.
Clean the pinchweld area on the F150 where the new windshield will be installed. Gently brush the area with a cleaning brush. Use water and clean rags to dry the area.
Coat the frit band with urethane primer. The frit band is the black strip-edge running around the perimeter. The band has to be activated to open up the pores so that the urethane can adhere to the glass.
Run a bead of urethane into the pinchweld area on the Ford F150 where the windshield will be placed using an electric caulk gun.
Align the top, bottom and sides of the windshield and press the windshield into place.
Items you will need
Bucket of water
Electric caulking gun