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1992-1999 Series I L27 (1992-1994 SE,SLE, SSE) & Series II L36 (1995-1999 SE, SSE, SLE) and common problems for the Series I and II L67 (all supercharged models 92-99) Including Olds 88's, Olds LSS's and Buick Lesabres Please use General Chat for non-mechanical issues, and Performance and Brainstorming for improvements.

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Old 10-17-2009, 03:54 PM   #1
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mines got a arge cracks and a spider crack in it, and im not sure it will hold through winter with out breaking under the cold etc. going to pick up a new one at this place called parts galore

any special tools i need to remove it? tips pointers?
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The windshield has a inner & outer layer of glass with a "plastic" membrane between them. Most likely only the outer layer of glass is cracked.
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I called a glass guy to replace mine. I spent I think $350 Cdn. He installed a "factory reject" because it had once scratch in it.

When I saw what he had to do to get the old windshield out, prep the frame ( he treated the frame so it wouldn't rust in the future), and how he lowered the new glass into the frame, that money was very well spent. If you want to make the job easier and less prone for mistakes by an installer, remove the wiper stops and wipers.

Oh yeah, it definitely took 2 guys.
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I do pretty much everything on my car, but I would not install a windshield. Older windshields used to be installed using a bead of butyl, a black, very sticky, substance that stays pliable. To remove a windshield you took a special knife and cut the butyl. Newer windshields are installed with urethane (think super glue). Much more difficult to get your old windshield out.

Installing a windshield is a two person job, and you must have the handle tools that attach to the glass with suction cups. The windshield is positioned by spacers placed along the lower and side edges. I am not sure how the windshield repair places install them, but in the assembly plants once the windshield is in place they have a clamp device that secures to the A pillars and applies pressure all around the outside edges of the glass to ensure the adhesive properly wets out.

Without question, the most critical aspect of installing a windshield is to ensure the metal surface aroung the windshield opening that the glass gets glued to is prepped properly. The slightest high point, such as can be created if you don't completely remove all traces of the previous glass and glue, will crack your new glass when pressure is applied to seal the adhesive.

The best advise I can give you is to let a windshield repair company do this for you. I would like nothing better than to be wrong so you can save some money, and I hope someone else comes on this thread and tells you how to do this yourself. If you are able to do it, post some pics, share your experience, and I will be the first to admit I was wrong. I just don't want you doing this without understanding the risks.

Good luck. Please let us know what happens.
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Something to keep in mind is that the windshield is structural glass. Meaning it adds to the rigidity of the overall shell of the car. The glue/goop used to seal it is a special glue to make it structural.
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