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post #1 of 9 Old 03-31-2007, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
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Replacing Windshield Pitfalls- advice?

i'm about to undertake replacing my windshield. I have the rubber seal off the jeep I took this from. I'd like to know if anyone has any suggestions on this effort. what should I be looking out for or expect. I know this is broad topic but I get that feeling I'll take off my old one and find out that when you pull it off all hell breaks loose (or simply I break the linkage on my wipers). I'm not "the man" around the garage so any advice is appreciated.

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post #2 of 9 Old 03-31-2007, 11:16 PM
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I believe they are "glued" in. They don't use the old fashioned rubber gasket, they just look like they do. They use ureathane glue to hold them in. I'm having my neighbor, that works for an autoglass co, pull my windshield out this summer so I can clean up the surface rust under the reveal moulding and then put it back in so it doesn't leak anymore.

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post #3 of 9 Old 04-01-2007, 05:45 AM
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they are glued in, I just replaced mine the other day , It went pretty straight forward . there are two rubber gaskets , an outer that goes around the edge of the glass and the inner that covers up the pinch weld. My frame was tweaked badly do to a roll over so I ended up not putting the inner seal back on .
You will need to goto a parts store and buy a tube of winshield adhesive I got the 3M brand that you use in a caulk gun. Run a fairly thick bead around the frame on the outer side of the pinch weld and then put the outer seal around the glass , then you just need to place the glass in the frame and make sure it's seated all the way around. I had trouble with mine only because the frame was not straight , but it's in and doesn't leak.
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I must not have been clear, i'm actually not replacing the glass, just the frame on my jeep...the glass is actually in the frame I bought. Nontheless, thanks for the advice I did not know the glass was glued in there. the gasket I was talking about goes b/w the winshield frame and the body near the fire wall.

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post #5 of 9 Old 04-02-2007, 01:11 PM
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The hinge seal right?... get a new one - around $25. They just lay in and are sandwiched between the windshield and shroud. dirt and muck build up on it pretty easy and often is the cause of water leaking in... and in most cases dumping out on your gas pedal foot. Windshield just folds down and seal goes in between.

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post #6 of 9 Old 04-02-2007, 02:08 PM
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Did you already remove those torx bolts that held your old frame in? If all of yours came out, consider yourself lucky. I had to drill mine out.


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post #7 of 9 Old 04-02-2007, 03:42 PM
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it is a pretty easy deal. the torx on the windshield frame came out it will be straight forward. when you remove your old windshield the vin# plate will be riveted to the windshield frame, drill the heads off the rivets and transfer it to the new frame. if you are having to pull out the wiper linkage assembly from the old frame, always in my case they always come out easier but getting them back in can be tricky sometiimes, nothing major, just be patient. I would also like previously mentioned clean the dirt and junk from the seal and replace with new, you won't regret it. if you don't fold your windshield down that often address any rust on the tub in that location since you are already there.

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post #8 of 9 Old 04-12-2007, 11:03 PM
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how much do new windshields cost?

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post #9 of 9 Old 04-12-2007, 11:25 PM
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i had mine replace for $150... done in less than an hour

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