1985 Chevrolet Pickup Replace Windshield

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A cracked windshield is a safety hazard and will get you a ticket in most states. Modern windshields are important to the aerodynamics and roll-over safety of your vehicle. Nevertheless, changing a cracked or worn windshield in your 1985 Chevrolet pickup is possible without hiring a professional, but should be done with precision while adhering to safety precautions.

[edit] Tools Used

Tools
Drop cloth
Tape
Safety goggles
Safety gloves
Pliers
Replacement windshield
Flat head screwdriver
Windshield knife
Crowbar
Fine-grain sandpaper
Bonding agent
Caulking gun
Silicone sealant

[edit] Replace Windshield

Preparation

  • Drape a drop cloth on your truck's dashboard and hood.
  • Tape the air ducts to prevent glass particles from entering.
  • Put on safety goggles and gloves.
  • Remove the windshield wiper arms with a pair of pliers or a flat head screwdriver.

Removal

  • Cut off the weather stripping around your Chevrolet truck's windshield by running a windshield knife along the edge of the windshield frame.
  • Slice the silicone bonding of your truck's original windshield with the windshield knife, cutting along the edge of the windshield.
  • Pry up the windshield's edges with a crowbar.
  • Sand away the rest of the silicone from the windshield frame with fine-grain sandpaper. Clear all any dust particles before applying the new sealant.

Installation

  • Apply the bonding agent to the edges of the replacement windshield as well as your truck's windshield frame.
  • Apply the silicone sealant onto the windshield frame's edges.
  • Position the replacement windshield onto the frame, pushing down on each side evenly.
  • Remove the tape from the air ducts then pull off the drop cloth from the hood and dashboard.
  • Replace the outer weather stripping. Wait for the sealant to dry at least four hours. Keep the car completely dry for at least 24 hours.
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