Learn About The Windshield Replacement Process.

Posted on: 21 March 2022

When the windshield on your car gets broken, you need to get it repaired as soon as you can. That's because any damage can quickly turn into bigger and more expensive damage. Your windshield may not be able to be repaired, and it might need to be replaced. If it has to be replaced, you might be interested in how the windshield gets replaced. 

Remove the Trim

Once the service tech has the correct replacement windshield, they will start the actual replacement process. They will remove the trim around the current windshield. That trim helps to hold the windshield in place. It's usually a hard, rubbery substance, and the service tech may need to use a razor so that they can cut the trim away. But, once the trim is gone, the next step is ready to go. 

Lift the Old Windshield

The next step is to get the broken windshield out of its spot so that it's nice and clear for the new windshield. This is generally a two-person job because of the size and weight of the windshield. It can also be awkward for one person to try and get out on their own since they would have to climb all over the hood of the car. If the work is being done by a mobile repair unit, the tech's vehicle may have an arm with suction cups that can act as the second person, which will allow the tech at your location to get the old windshield out of your car. 

Clean Out

Before the new windshield gets put into place, it's important to make sure that the spot is cleaned out and ready. All of the old materials that held the old windshield in place have to be removed and all the dirt, oils, and other debris have to be removed so that the trim and urethane that will help hold the new windshield in place have a clean base to adhere to. 

Placing the New Windshield

After the base has been prepared, the new windshield can be placed. The tech will hold the window in place until the materials designed to hold the windshield in place start to cure. After that, the window will be left to cure. 

Your windshield is important. If it is damaged, you need to make sure that you get it repaired or replaced as soon as possible. Knowing how the replacement process works may give you some peace of mind in knowing it will be done correctly. 

Contact an auto shop near you for more information about windshield replacement