FAQ > Poor Workmanship on Replacement Windshield, Side Door, Quarter and Rear Back Glass Windows, Page 4
A Honda CRV that had a previously poor workmanship replacement windshield installation.
This is another fairly nice looking Honda that fell pray to an uncaring windshield installation company that practices poor workmanship on their replacement windshield installations. The urethane adhesive bead that bonds the windshield to the vehicle was literally just laying on the pinchweld just about all the way across the top. The two photos to the right show how the rust grows and advances under the urethane adhesive bead. Urethane adhesive will not stick to or remain adhered to a rusty pinchweld. Sad things would have most likely happened to this Honda and its occupants if it were involved in an accident.
A Mini Cooper prior replacement windshield installation that was hacked from A to Z.This little guy really went through poor workmanship hell. For starters it had an aftermarket over sized top windshield molding. The cowl wasn’t removed during the installation and the windshield installer just oozed urethane down into the crevice between the pinchweld and the cowl and stuffed the windshield down into it plowing the cowl retainer molding that was supposed to be installed on the glass prior to the installation down beneath the glass as it went. In the photo to your right you can actually see a large piece of broken glass from the prior windshield that was left along with a few others embedded in the mass of adhesive.
A very nice Mercedes Benz that became a victim of a poor workmanship windshield installation.This car was in exceptionally great condition except for the previously poor excuse of a windshield installation. For starters it had the usual rust in the pinchweld areas from the tool marks of the careless person who removed the windshield. There we no primers used on the body or the windshield and from the best we could tell it had been installed with the wrong type of urethane adhesive. This vehicle calls for the use of what is called high modulus urethanewhich is a much tighter, so to speak, type of urethane adhesive that is necessary in this vehicle. The new bead of urethane adhesive was run in a hap hazard manor almost completely missing the original bead it was supposed to be directly on top of and the original bead was not cut down to the proper height in several places. Another problem was the rear view mirror. The prior windshield installation technician sprung “bent” the bracket removing the rear view mirror which is sometimes unavoidable. That evidently made the mirror loose or maybe not lock into position at all after the mirror was installed. The technicians cure for that mishap was to dab the bracket with urethane, slide it on and run. Interior rear view mirrors in a vehicle are specifically designed to release from the mounting bracket in the event you come into contact with them in an accident. What that does is to minimize the possibility of serious head and face injuries to the occupants of the vehicle in the event that they come into contact with it so fastening the mirror permanently to the mounting bracket is something that should never ever be done and in this situation if it could not have been repaired then it should have been replaced.
A Chevrolet HHR that had improper auto body work topped off with a not so good quarter glass installation.This poor little car looked great but had some serious issues that began in an auto body shop. At one time this vehicle was evidently hit in the rear end or possibly just in the right rear quarter panel. During the repair of the vehicles quarter panel body filler was used to fill and level out all the uneven places in the pinchweld area of the quarter panel which is a major mistake. You can see in the photos that the body filler let everything above it fail including the not to bonded top coat of finish paint the glass took with it when it all but fell out of the vehicle. Body filler should never ever be used in a vehicles pinchweld area and here’s actual proof of it. We’re not even going to mention the poorly run over sized urethane bead.
A very nice Chevrolet Suburban that received a poor workmanship new replacement quarter glass installation.This Suburban was a tricked out Starcraft Conversion model loaded with all the bells and whistles of its day. Custom paint and wood work through out along with custom seats to top it all off. Its a real shame it came in contact with an auto glass installation technician that did such a poor job of installing a replacement quarter glass window in it. This job like so many others just needed to be properly prepped and the rust we uncovered wouldn’t have been there to be an issue for our customer. It’s bad enough to have a glass broken in your vehicle with out adding a rust repair job to it. And we should also mention that if this Suburban had been in an accident the quarter glass would have more than likely popped out of the vehicle, weakening the structure of the body and possibly allowing the occupants of the vehicle to be ejected.