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Windshield replacement

By john White

Forum member John White shares the procedure he used to replace the driver side windscreen in his 1993 Gulfstream Crown Regis. John explained that "It took 3 of us to do it safely and the hardest part was getting ALL of the old one out."

Rubber seal type

The rubber seal type is easy. If the windscreen is intact, then sit inside the vehicle, lean back and place a foot at the top corners of the windscreen, then carefully push.

If you are working alone and in a steep fronted vehicle, then use lots of tape to prevent the windscreen falling to the ground. If you want to keep the windscreen, then apply some grease or margarine around the inside of the rubber lips to help it out.

Pushing gently with your feet, the windscreen should pop out, slowly at the corners, then more easily for the rest. Remember that you are easing the rubber seal, so allow time for it to creep in the direction of the push.

If the windscreen is very badly damaged, then place lots of newspaper or an old blanket over the inside of the windscreen. If the windshield is still in one piece, then use lots of sticky tape to cover the remains of the old one, and pull it out in one piece.

Lots of small glass shards may fall onto the newspaper and this needs cleaning up. If lots of little bits, then use sticky tape to mop up any loose bits. With the windscreen out, it is easier to get the vacuum cleaner in and around the nooks and crannies.

Now remove the rubber seal and clean it up carefully. If there's any chrome strip, then remove this and place it aside carefully to prevent it creasing. Repair any rust spots or damage around the windscreen aperture.

Replacement

Check the windscreen is the correct one, simply by seeing if it fits the aperture. You will need a special "tool" to assist in getting the new windshield installed. To make this, take a piece of string a little longer than the periphery of the windshield and tie a knot in each end.

Place the rubber seal around the edge of the new windshield, then place the string inside the other (inner) slot of the rubber seal. The string should overlap itself at the bottom.

With one person holding and gently pushing the windshield in position, (or lots of tape if working alone), the other perspon gets inside and very slowly pulls the string to deform the inner lip of the rubber seal around and over the windshield frame. Take your time and do this evenly from both sides, so the windscreen rubber sits in evenly. Eventually the string unravels the lip around the windshield frame and into position. It really is that simple.

If this is a car windshiled, now fit a new rear view mirror using the especial sticky pad or adhesive available from car parts stores. Clean the windshield scrupulously before sticking the mirror bracket in place.

If a chrome strip is present, then it will need to be put back in place, which can be awkward rather than difficult. To help it back into the slot, it is possible to make an old wire coat hangar into a small spatula shape to help spread the rubber seal and allow the chrome strip to be replaced. Often, simply taking some time to tease it in using an old blunt screwdriver will suffice.