Automotive window replacement can be an expensive project if you hire a professional. However, any car lover can perform car window repair. All you need is a basic understanding of the process.
A common misconception is that all cracked windows need to be replaced. There are many types of cracks that can destroy a single glass surface but others simply need a simple repair. Most cracks can easily be repaired with kits from auto supply stores.
Cracks larger than 4 inches require that an entire window is replaced. If you can still see portions of the crack after placing a credit card over the crack, you will probably have to replace the window.
Step 1 – Buying a window
There are plenty of shops that advertise their car window inventory. It is important to know the year, make and model of your car so you buy the correct window for your car.
Step 2 – Replacing the window
You may be removing the window from either a front or back door. Make sure you have an instruction booklet or other source of professional advice on hand before you get started. The process of window repair will involve peeling away protective weather material and the possible use of a razor blade to help remove the window. When the glass is removed, clear away all debris.
Step 3 – Avoid danger
Always wear gloves to avoid injury when you are replacing a car window. Read your service manual to make sure you doing the repair correctly. Be extremely careful when handling the glass during automotive window replacement. Even small cracks can cause a window to suddenly break, leading to possible injury.
Step 4 – Getting the glass in
Thoroughly clean the new glass. Slowly position the glass into the slot. There may be brackets and clips attached to the glass that will need to be aligned. Before tightening the bolts, make sure the window feels secure. If the glass is on a car door, make sure it still operates properly. Whether you are doing a full automotive window replacement or car window repair, safety should always come first.