Rock or stone chips are the most common causes of damage to a windshield. The Ford Taurus can be prone to this type of damage due to its ride height. This is especially true of older models of the Taurus, which were smaller than the current design and sat lower to the ground. Although replacing the windshield is a complex task, the design of the Taurus's front windshield makes it a pretty straightforward task.
Things You'll Need
- Replacement windshield with molding and trim
- Flat tip screwdriver
- Windshield molding removal tool (available at any auto parts store)
- Automotive cutting knife
- Cleaning brush
- Bucket of water
- Clean rags
- Razor blade
- Urethane primer
- Electric caulking gun
- Nitrile gloves
Pry up on the the plastic trim molding with a windshield trim removal tool. Wedge the teeth of the tool under the trim and pry up on it.
Cut the urethane molding around the outside of the glass with an automotive cutting knife.
Pull the windshield off.
Clean the Taurus frame where the new windshield will go. Make sure to remove the old urethane residue and trim the molding back to 3mm with a razor.
Slide the new rubber molding around the outer edge of the glass on the new windshield and fit the outer trim into the grooves on the rubber trim.
Apply a liberal amount of urethane primer to the frit band on the windshield. The frit band is the black strip running around the outside of the glass on the windshield.
Apply a bead of urethane to the recess on the frame where the windshield will be mounted.
Align the windshield on the frame and press the windshield into place. Allow the urethane to cure for 12 hours.
Tips & Warnings
- Wear nitrile gloves and avoid touching the frit band with your bare hands as this can deactivate the primer.
- Auto Body Repair (Chilton's Guide to Auto Body Repair); Thomson Delmar Learning; 1989
- Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable Repair Manual 1986-1995; Christine L. Sheeky, S.A.E.; 1995
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