The rear windshield in your vehicle is an essential part of the safety and functionality of the vehicle itself. If it becomes cracked or damaged, replacing it should become a priority as leaving it alone can result in serious damage that can become costly to fix.
While you should seek professional help when having your rear windshield replaced you are able to do it yourself if you are skilled and experienced enough to do so. Although realistically this experience is likely to only be there if you are a professional who works on vehicle repairs on a regular basis.
As each vehicle is different, however, some may take longer than others and may have extra steps compared to each other. This is even more of a reason that you should really seek out help to have your vehicle’s rear windshield repaired rather than doing it yourself.
Like we say though before we continue, should you need to replace your rear windshield, you really should seek professional help. Not only does this guarantee a level of safe working practices to ensure that the windshield is installed correctly, but it the work should come with a level of guarantee or warranty to protect you as a consumer.
Once a windshield is cracked or damaged to a point where it is determined that a replacement is needed, then the real work can begin. Some small chips can be fixed by a roadside specialist or garage, but realistically as soon as a chip or crack happens it becomes a structural weak point that puts the integrity of the whole window at risk.
If you are ever in doubt about your windshield then call your local specialist or garage and get it checked out. It doesn’t take long for a chip to become a crack and to then become a serious safety hazard.
Removing the rear windshield
Once it has been determined that the window will be removed then the person doing so will start on the process. The windshield has to be removed carefully to avoid it becoming any more of a risk to the worker and the passengers of the vehicle as they may shatter and spread glass shards if not removed properly.
This process may take some time depending on the severity of the damage to the windshield. If it was damaged in a vehicle accident it may have already shattered and spread glass around the vehicle which will need to be found and vacuumed up.
The specialist will also have to take into account the rear heating element as well as damage to this may require more replacement work to make sure that the window heating will continue to function correctly.
Replacing the windshield
Once removed, the new windshield will be installed, likely using urethane to ensure a watertight seal. If the seal isn’t tight, water will leak into the vehicle and it may cause interior damage from damp, as well as threatening the integrity of the rest of the seal over time.
The windshield will also need to be set up to work with the rear heating element as well to make sure that the window can continue to function properly. The rear heater will also be tested here as well to make sure it still works.
Paying for the windshield
The windshield replacement will vary in time and complexity based on the damage done, vehicle type a and a few other varying factors. This means that it is hard to pin down exactly how much the work is going to cost.
Depending on the damage you could be looking up to $500 plus for a replacement if the damage is very serious. This can also fluctuate if the vehicle is very specialized or of an unusual type that requires specific or hard to find parts.
But there may be a chance that you don’t actually have to pay for it.
Before you start getting out your bank card or start worrying about the cost of the work, check with your insurance company if you haven’t already. There is a good chance that they will be happy to cover all of the costs for you. Of course, this is based on how the damage was caused in the first place and how the fault lies.
If you speak to an insurance company they may well ask you to use a specific garage to use their replacement window services.