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How to Replace a Windshield on a Chevy Pickup

by Mark O'Brien

After an accident or even a simple stone hitting your windshield, you may need to replace the glass because of cracks that can impair your view of the road. It can cost more than $500 to replace the windshield on a Chevy pickup. Removing the windshield yourself and installing a new one isn't easy, but you will pay only the price of the windshield, adhesive and a windshield knife. You should gather several people to be your assistants; you'll need the extra help.

Unscrew the rearview mirror from the interior of the truck windshield, using the Phillips screwdriver. Tape over the front vents near your windshield with masking tape to prevent debris from falling into them.

Unscrew each wiper arm nut with the pliers. Remove each complete windshield wiper.

Push the windshield knife in through the windshield black weatherstripping gasket. Get the knife as close as you can to the outer edge of the glass windshield. Slowly cut around the perimeter of the windshield.

Have an assistant push the windshield out from the inside as you and another person grab it on the outside. Set the old windshield aside.

Scrape the rest of the weatherstripping and adhesive off with the windshield knife until the frame is clean steel.

Start in one corner and firmly press the weatherstripping gasket in around the gasket groove around the entire windshield. Apply a small bead of windshield adhesive to the bottom lip of the channel around the inside of the new weatherstripping gasket. Apply a thin layer of KY jelly to the upper lip of the channel around the inside of the gasket.

Set the base of the new windshield slowly into the lower groove of the weatherstripping gasket, with an assistant on each side of the windshield. Slowly lean the windshield back while the assistants pry the gasket channel up so the windshield slides into the gasket channel all the way around the windshield. Allow the windshield to dry in a cool, dry place for 24 hours.

Screw the rearview mirror back on, and remove the tape covering the front vents. Screw the windshield wiper arm nuts back in to secure the windshield wipers.

Warning

  • Wear gloves and safety goggles.

Items you will need

About the Author

Mark O'Brien started his professional writing career in 2000 at the "Newman Grove Reporter" newspaper. He was an English tutor while in school and earned an Associate of Arts in English from Northeast Community College. O'Brien indulges his mechanical side by fixing mowers part-time.

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