A Chevy Tahoe with a rusty pinchweld from a prior poor windshield installation
FAQ > Poor Workmanship on Replacement Windshield, Side Door, Quarter and Rear Back Glass Windows, Page 3
A Chevrolet C4500 with rusty pinchweld from a prior poor windshield installation
Photos of a rusty pinchweld on a Ford pickup truck caused from a previous poor windshield installation
A very nice Mercury Mountaineer SUV that previously had a poor windshield installation.It only took about two minutes to glance around this sad looking replacement windshield installation to see someone sure didn’t know what they were doing. This nice looking SUV, not to mention it’s owner, had really been put through the ringer. There just wasn’t any room left on the pinchweld to make an attempt at sealing any of the holes so the windshield had to be removed and completely redone from top to bottom. Before we began work on this vehicle, in an effort to save the customer money, we advised them to return to the glass company that originally installed this windshield and have them redo the installation but the customer declined. They commented that they had been through enough and would never go back and paying for a whole new windshield installation was the way they wanted to go and in the end after seeing the poor workmanship on the windshield their vehicle endured we’re glad they didn’t return to them. The windshield in this vehicle was installed so poorly it was hard to believe. For starters you can easily tell that there were no primers used on the pinchweld by the rust in the tool scratches and to top it off the windshield was carelessly installed on top of a broken piece of glass left over from the original windshield just below the urethane adhesive bead. The urethane that bonds the windshield to the vehicle was applied in a terribly hap hazard manor. It’s also evident that there were multiple attempts taken to seal the leaks from the inside and outside of the vehicle by the glass company that originally installed it. Looking at all of it and hearing the stories of events in an effort to have it fixed that the customer endured it is no wonder they wouldn’t return the vehicle to the offending company.
A Chevrolet Monte Carlo that had a previous poor workmanship windshield installation in cold weather.You can plainly see that the flange of the windshield molding held the windshield from being allowed to sink down to the correct hight within the vehicles pinchweld flange causing the windshield to sit extremely elevated above the vehicles body. The thick lines at the top of the moldings in photos 1 and 2 are the cut off top flange edge of the molding that lap over the cars body. We cut them off to show exactly where it is in elevation above the car body. The molding should be sitting down just barely above the level of the body the thickness of the top flange edge of molding. In photo 3 you can actually see the massively tall bead of urethane adhesive that was applied to compensate for the situation. The Monte Carlo is one the most popular vehicles in America at the time of this writing and the windshield molding on this car and many makes and models of vehicles just like it are very rigid when they are cold. They should never be done in cold weather because without an extremely warm windshield, molding, adhesive and vehicle the windshield absolutely will not seat properly. You can find out more information on this issue on our FAQ Mobile On site Installation Service page.
A Nissan Murano that had a previously installed windshield done with very poor workmanship.This replacement windshield installation looked great from the outside but once we removed the windshield we found it was installed with enough urethane adhesive for two or more vehicles and it had a large gapping hole in the right hand bottom of the seal. We’ve no idea how the urethane bead got where it was to create this hole other then a careless installer ran the bead like that and didn’t realize it. You can actually see the liquid we use to lubricate our cutting tool running out the bottom of the adhesive seal.
A Saturn Vue that had a previously installed windshield done with very poor workmanship.