Many modern cars have cameras and sensors behind the windshield that enable features like lane-keeping assistance, adaptive cruise control, and collision prevention. These sensors and cameras need to be recalibrated after windshield repair or replacement.
This is an easy step to miss and one that some technicians skip. Windshield Replacement In Ocala applies a urethane primer to the pinch weld and frame perimeter.
When a crack or chip in your windshield occurs, it must be repaired immediately. Left unattended, these small blemishes can expand to form “spider web”-like cracks that compromise the structural integrity of your vehicle and can impair your driving visibility.
Windshield replacement is a complicated process that requires professional installation to ensure your safety and the quality of the new glass. It’s important to choose a reputable auto shop and a glass that is certified by the Department of Transportation (DOT) as meeting federal standards for safety glass. It’s also a good idea to insist that your installer use OEM or original equipment equivalent auto glass rather than aftermarket window glass.
Before a technician can install your new windshield, they must prepare the area and remove any existing adhesive or sealant holding it in place. Once the frame is empty, a primer is applied to provide a clean surface for the urethane adhesive to adhere.
Once the primer is dry, the technicians will apply a bead of urethane to the perimeter of the frame, making sure it’s level and continuous. Then, the windshield is set into place using suction cup window holders.
If your car has ADAS, such as cameras that detect lane departures or forward collision risks, ask your installer to recalibrate those sensors when the new windshield is installed. If not properly calibrated, these systems can react too quickly or fail to warn you of dangers that are actually present. This can lead to dangerous road conditions or even accidents. This is an important step that most professional automotive body shops will perform for you.
If your windshield is cracked or damaged, it may be time for a replacement. While small chips or dings can be repaired, larger cracks or spider-web damage that compromises your vision require a full replacement. Once the technician assesses the damage and determines if it needs repair or replacement, he will begin the removal process by covering the vehicle’s exterior with protective tape and placing towels on the dashboard and over the hood to protect against possible glass shards during the replacement.
Once the protective tape and towels are in place, the technician will start by removing the rearview mirror and windshield wipers, as well as the rubber gasket around the base of the windshield. Then, he will use suction cups to remove the old windshield and set it aside.
This is one of the most important steps of the entire process. We know that if this step is skipped, it will result in rust underneath the new urethane, which can cause leaks and other problems.
During this step, the technician will also be able to see if the windshield has any water leaks or damage from the pinch weld (an area on the front of the car where different metal components are welded together for structure). This can cause ghosting or double images when driving in certain conditions.
Then, the technicians will start to prepare the new glass for installation. This includes cutting it to size and removing garnish moldings attached to the glass. This is an extremely important part of the replacement as it ensures that the new windshield is properly fitted and will be a perfect fit for your vehicle.
A primer is a base coat for paint. It provides a smooth surface for the color to bond to and blocks any imperfections in the original coating. Primer also helps protect the surface from moisture and stains. There are different primers for different needs. For example, some are water-based, while others are oil-based. Some are formulated for interior or exterior use. Some primers emit dangerous fumes, so it’s important to wear a mask when using them.
When a new windshield is installed, technicians will apply a primer to both the glass and the vehicle’s frame. They do this to ensure zero contamination before sticking the windshield, adding a layer of protection against the elements.
If this step is skipped, the windshield could crack. A cracked windshield is a safety hazard, especially when driving on the highway. Loose debris from the road, like gravel or rocks, can fly off the car and slam against your windshield at high speeds.
In addition, a poorly installed windshield may affect your vehicle’s sensors. If you have advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), such as lane departure warnings or blind spot monitoring, a cracked windshield can throw off the calibration. This could leave you vulnerable to a collision or in the wrong lane.
Once the technician has applied the primer and your new windshield is firmly set, they’ll dry it and let it sit for a few hours. It’s best to keep your car out of the rain until the adhesive has fully cured, which can take up to a day. You should also avoid slamming the doors while the windshield is still healing, as it can dislodge the window.
Urethane is a tough, flexible polymer-based adhesive in the auto glass industry. It is also found as a coating, sealant, and thermal insulation material. It is black and has a medium viscosity, easily applied with an electric or air-powered caulking gun. When correctly used, the urethane will bond the windshield, backlights, and sidelines to the vehicle frame, preventing moisture from entering these specific areas of the car.
After applying the primer, your technician “dry sets” your new windshield by lowering it into place and marking where it will sit. This helps ensure the installer can properly install your new windshield without shifting it around. This will save you time and money in the long run.
Lastly, the windshield will be installed using an automatic wiper system and a rubber gasket. After the windshield is in place, the molding and cowl will be reinstalled. The installer will clean up any broken glass or debris in and around your car.
Once your windshield is in place, it is important to wait an hour before driving your car. This is to allow the urethane to be fully cured. If you slam your doors or push too soon, the windshield could move and cause leaks and air noise. It could also interfere with your airbags if they deploy in an accident.
When we replace your windshield, you are guaranteed a quick and safe installation. This is because all of our technicians are trained to follow the process as outlined above. If you are having your windshield replaced by another shop, make sure they follow this procedure to ensure your safety and the quality of your repair.
As the technician places your new windshield, he will apply the necessary adhesive to ensure it stays in place. Once the glue dries, you can drive safely. This process typically takes 30 minutes to one hour.
Before placing your glass, your tech will clean the area to ensure it is clear. Then, I will remove any clips or parts that come in the way. This will include the rearview mirrors, windshield wipers, and other components attached to the windshield.
A professional will also cut the urethane seal around the perimeter of the frame using a long knife. This will minimize damage to the pinch weld, which is critical for a good seal.
After the windshield is set, your technician will install the new molding to hold the glass in place. They will also replace any clips or parts that came off during the removal process. Lastly, they will apply a bedding and glazing compound to seal the gap between the windshield and the vehicle frame.
It is important to remember that not all chips and cracks can be repaired. If your windshield has a crack directly in the driver’s line of sight or is old and covered with tiny divots, it may need to be replaced rather than repaired.
Finally, it is important to leave the car for a few hours after your windshield is installed. If you drive off before the adhesive can set, your windshield could shift and cause leaks or other problems. It is best to let a certified auto glass specialist do the job for you. If you attempt to replace your windshield yourself, you risk voiding your warranty and hurting your car or possibly injuring yourself.