Author Topic: Replacing a Windshield... Anything to look for?  (Read 129 times)

Offline Spool

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Replacing a Windshield... Anything to look for?
« on: May 15, 2018, 08:16:21 PM »
Hey all,

73' C20 here.

I have two large cracks on the passenger side of my windshield that is pushing me into a windshield replacement.
There's a few places around town (Los Angeles) that offer prices from $100-$200, but like any purchase, I'd like to be sure I get a quality windshield for a good price.

One example, I'd like to avoid windshields that warp your vision near the edges as I have found on some reviews and articles.

Currently my windshield is stamped as:
Pilkington
Laminated AS-1 DOT 177
M52 A X LNSG L
L Y
DW848

Does anyone have any tips on brands, expectations or prices when replacing a windshield?

Offline Henry

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Re: Replacing a Windshield... Anything to look for?
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2018, 02:27:12 PM »
Hi Spool:
I cannot recommend any one glass supplier over another and I think there may only be one or two brands made now in this country and they are probably all good quality. PPG used to be a manufacturer and they were excellent quality. I havnt bought a windshield in a long time though.

You do have some options...you can get a clear glass or one with tinting at the top. I personally like the tinting as it helps lower the interior temp and eye strain on my old eyes. There is probably a price difference.

Some things to think about when you get your glass changed is to also replace the rubber gasket at the same time if it is getting old and hard. Also, does your gasket have the metal trim insert pressed into it?...if you dont have this you should have it as it also helps seal the gasket against the body and glass.

Do you have leaks inside the cab?...a leak at the top and bottom corners of the windshield on the body is common and if left for a long time will rust out the body at the lower corner locations...you should inspect these areas and if starting to get rusty, have the window installer add some window sealant to the gasket/body interface to stop this water intrusion. If you dont have any leaks, keep an eye out after you have your new glass installed as sometimes they develop from the installation...talk to the installer about whether or not he will come back out and readjust for free if this happens.

Regards,
Henry

Offline ehjorten

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Re: Replacing a Windshield... Anything to look for?
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2018, 04:32:47 PM »
Most installers now will use adhesive to glue the windshield into the opening.  I don't know if it is legally required, but they will say they have to bond it in!  That being said...these cabs have drain holes under the LH and RH corners of the windshield seal that allow standing water to drain from those locations.  It is important to not plug those holes up with adhesive, so as to keep those drain paths open.
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