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Unread 06-05-2006, 05:40 PM   #1
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How hard is it to replace windshield hinges?

In a couple of weeks I am going to replace the cowl seal under the windshield, so it will need to be dropped. While I'm at it I thought I might just go ahead and replace the windshield hinges because it looks like the PO tried to paint them and use some kind of caulk to seal them.

So, like the title says, how hard is it to replace the hinges on the windshield? Quadratec lists it as being an "easy" and able to be completed in under 1 hour.

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Unread 06-05-2006, 05:44 PM   #2
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Appears easy, but if you strip one of the torx screws... you'll be kicking yourself for ever starting the project.

Definitely get a breaker bar and 2 people... one to apply pressure and the other to turn the bolt.
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Unread 06-05-2006, 06:15 PM   #3
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OH NO NOT WINDSHIELD HINGES!!

Like posted above its a simple job till you strip a torx then you will be screaming!
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Unread 06-05-2006, 06:17 PM   #4
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yeah i jsut had to take my windshield off and i am contimplating gettin a new windshield insted of dealing with taking the hinges off (have to fix the rust for the glass company to guarentee it) may not be cheaper but it may be easier
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Unread 06-05-2006, 07:19 PM   #5
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getting to the nuts on the back of the lower front hinge bolts is fun (drivers side). Remove the 3 dash screws next to speakers and pull out, then stuff something in there to hold dash back so speaker magnet won't grab your wrench so bad.
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Unread 06-05-2006, 08:49 PM   #6
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getting to the nuts on the back of the lower front hinge bolts is fun (drivers side). Remove the 3 dash screws next to speakers and pull out, then stuff something in there to hold dash back so speaker magnet won't grab your wrench so bad.
So the first fun part is getting to the nuts behind the dash....

then I just have to worry about not stripping any torx bolts.

Sounds like fun.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought that the whole trick to torx bolts was just using the correct size bit???
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Unread 06-05-2006, 09:23 PM   #7
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Definatly buy a couple extra torx bolts. You WILL strip at least one out...almost guaranteed! They are relativley easy to find through almost any Jeep vendor. I stripped 2 of the 16 out and had to drill them out. Not bad, but make sure to have extras. Just my 2 cents.
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Unread 06-06-2006, 10:57 AM   #8
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I had to drill out 4....I hate working on that area of the tub. Everything is so tight.
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Unread 06-06-2006, 11:44 AM   #9
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If you think it would be fun to pull your own wisdom teeth, without novacain, then this job will really make you happy!

LOLOL!
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Unread 06-06-2006, 01:26 PM   #10
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yep, after replacing the Dash speakers i agree (Lowered glass, removed dash)....PITA
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Unread 06-07-2006, 05:21 PM   #11
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Well thanks for all the encouragement and enthusiasm guys.

I was looking at the hinges again yesterday and I'm almost sure that I should just go ahead and bite the bullet and replace them.
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Unread 06-07-2006, 06:34 PM   #12
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Okay well maybe I just got lucky but mine were not bad at all. I had to drill out 2 of them. I had to use a "F" bit for my drill and just retapped the threads. One thing that I will say is PB Blaster is wonderful. Go slow,spray the bolt and work it back and forth.
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Unread 10-08-2011, 05:56 PM   #13
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Old topic, but it came up when I googled replacing windshield hinges.

Last week I went to replace the factory speakers in my '91 YJ... and while removing the dash, the Driver Side Windshield Hinge was so rusty it actually bent when forced the shield down :-(

So, I figured no biggie I'll replace the hinges, but I figured I should google up some advice to see if their'ed be any gotchas.

Thats how I found this thread and forum!

Anyhow, you guys wen't kidding! Things were going well, and then I stripped the last Torx bolt on the upper windshield of the passenger side.

So I went to drill it out, and after drilling a while I came up with the idea to try and "tap" a wedge into the remaining bolt in hopes I could grip it and drive it back out.

That was a bad Idea.

I ended up knocking the bracket that receives the two bolts in the windshield frame loose :-(

I put that aside and turned to the lower bolts. The ones with nuts. But my YJ still had all the original factory putty on the nuts. It took me about an hour of scraping and messing about just to get the easiest one off on the passenger side and I knew there was no way in heck i'd be able to get up in the driver side and scrape all that off.

Thus I decided that drilling out the remaining 7 and just putting new nuts on it would be quicker and less of a hassle.

So... I drilled the rest out and replaced them all, which at this point went surprisingly smooth!

But I still had to figure out how to fix my passenger side. I removed the entire windshield, and was able to "shake" the bracket down to the wiper access hole.

Removing the bracket revealed I needed to bet the rest of the bolt out of it anyhow, so I fixed that and luckily I didn't damage the threads or anything on it.

Finally I came up with the idea of string some wire through the hinge bolt holes and out the wiper access hole, connected the bracket to the two holes and gingerly worked it back into position using the two wires like a marionette! Amazingly it worked... thought it took two trys, and I was able to string the wire through the new hinge, into the bracket, and screw the new hinge bolts in!.

Anyhow, basically, you guys weren't kidding... it turned into a whole day chore, and I had to drill 8 bolts.
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Unread 10-08-2011, 07:19 PM   #14
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Takes about an hour!! Who are they kidding. You have to pull the dash and then hope the bolts come out. I spent 3 hours just curseing jeep about that cr@p.
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Unread 10-09-2011, 05:36 AM   #15
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I guess i got lucky. I removed all hinges to be replaced with new after jeeps painted. I didn't remove the dash ( there's no dash speakers to grab my wrench ) and had my wife turn a couple of bolts while i held wrench on nuts behind dash. No stripped heads or broken bolts, did donate a bit of knuckle blood. I'd say less than an hour to remove. Not sure about install time yet.

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