To perform an auto windshield replacement, remove the rubber gasket, push the windshield out of the frame, set the new windshield and gasket into the frame, and wipe the frame with a damp cloth. This one-hour procedure requires gloves, a screwdriver, a utility knife, a damp cloth, sealant and a brush.
- Prepare the vehicle
Detach the windshield wipers, side mirrors, rear-view mirror and other removable components near the windshield.
- Remove the old windshield and rubber gasket
Put on protective gloves. Slit one corner of the gasket with a utility knife. Insert the tip of a flat-head screwdriver between the gasket and the windshield, and pry the gasket away. Push on the windshield from inside the vehicle, then lift it out of the frame.
- Clean the frame
Run a damp rag around the windshield frame to remove any dirt and debris.
- Attach the new gasket to the new windshield
Stretch the new gasket around the new windshield. The inside of the gasket must fit snugly around the glass.
- Seal the gasket
Brush sealant over the gasket exterior, and set the windshield into the vehicle frame. Press down on the edges to encourage a strong seal between the gasket and the vehicle.
- Wipe the rim
Run a damp cloth around the gasket and windshield frame to remove excess sealant.
- Replace the mirrors
Replace the mirrors, windshield wipers and any other components you removed prior to beginning the repair.