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Anyone had to replace their windshield yet?

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010+)' started by brochacho, Mar 1, 2018.

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    I feel your pain. Same thing happened to me on the day I picked it up. I truly believe the windshields use inferior glass.
     
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  2. Mar 28, 2019 at 7:06 AM
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    The left coast
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    I had mine for a while and got a chip down lower left and it’s still there. Then, on a trip back from Charleston one day a big ass rock got kicked up and smacked the upper part of the windshield right at the roof line. Started a crack but it was right in my line of sight and I didn’t notice until my buddy said something about it. If I move my head to the left or right I can see it but it’s smack dab right in my line of sight and I can’t see it. It hasn’t expanded so I’m not too worried about it now
     
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    I think its the nature of our windshields- they are somewhat upright- far less sloping than other vehicles.

    I bet FJ Cruisers have the same challenges.
     
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  4. Mar 28, 2019 at 7:55 AM
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    FJ’s are pretty bad. I had a 2008 FJC and I had cracks all the damn time
     
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  5. Mar 28, 2019 at 8:16 AM
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    That has to be the issue- its not the glass per se, but the orientation/angle of the windshield. :thumbsup:
     
  6. Mar 28, 2019 at 8:26 AM
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    I think it’s both. But, I’m not overly concerned about it at the moment.
     
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  7. Mar 28, 2019 at 9:01 AM
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    Had mine done by the dealer under warranty due to pitting
    No charge warranty deal
     
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    Pitting? Just from commuting?
     
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  9. Mar 28, 2019 at 9:09 AM
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    Has anyone tried fixing a chip themselves before it starts spreading?

    Pretty easy or is it a professional job?
     
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  10. Mar 28, 2019 at 11:45 AM
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    I have not tried to patch/fix chips myself, but it's a very fast and easy job for a pro. There is a mobile guy that sets up in the Fred Meyer parking log near me every Saturday morning. He has patched mine a couple of times and it takes about 5 minutes total. And, he submits to my insurance so that's easy, too. I bet most glass places offer patching as an option, also. My preference is to patch when possible as I worry about pulling the windshield cowling too many times and potentially damaging clips, causing more rattles, etc. So, you may be able to do it yourself, but it's super fast and easy for the guy with the tools.
     
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  11. Mar 28, 2019 at 11:58 AM
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    In the 12 years I had my '04 I had 4 windshields replaced for cracks. Safelite did all 4 of them. I also had a bunch of stone chips fixed by them. The insurance company had no problem fixing the stone chips without a deductible payment. They told me is was cheaper just to have the chip fixed than to have it go into a crack and then replace the whole thing. So far so good on my '17 but then again there is no major interstate road construction going on in my daily commute like there was in the past.
     
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    Safelite repaired mine on my 17 Pro. Did not have it long. All this salt and shit they put down on the Pa roads. The guy that did the repair said they do a lot of 4runners and jeeps because of the front windshield being more upright compared to a lot of other vehicles.
     
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  13. Mar 28, 2019 at 12:32 PM
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    Safelite just replaced windshield in my Mustang GT told them I wanted the oem with the pony 100.00 through State Farm. No up charge was mentioned!
     
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  14. Mar 28, 2019 at 4:04 PM
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    I think it was maybe from transport or something.. was really bad since new
     
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  15. Mar 28, 2019 at 4:12 PM
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    my 1996 Impala windshield was replaced last year original .. had no cracks but a few chips. I got it replaced because the windshield was yellow and not clear .. the material between the glass caused a visibility issue.

    The Impala windshield is with a greater slope so when a rock hit it the glass did not get damaged much.
    the runner has a much higher windshield more vertical so I did get a few chips and the small rocks did do more damage than my Impala .

    also the runner windshield is much thinner than the Impala . my vehicles old GM are much thicker . also I have seen new vehicles with thinner glass than my old GM vehicles probably a reason to reduce weight .
     
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    Make sense to me too. We’ll just have to be on the watch while driving!

    Ouch , wow. When I took my Tacoma through Moab a couple yeara ago- we were in a bad sand storm- near monument valley. Winshield was pitted, and took some shine off the paint.
    :annoyed:
    I think thinner glass is a recent trend for fuel economy/weight savings.

    We traded in our Outback for this 4Runner. The Outback sunshade is easily 50% taller than the 4Runner windshield- meaning that car had a sloped windshield compared to the 4Runner.
     
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    Physics. The angle of the glass that sand hits has a huge affect on the force applied the glass. This is much more likely to be the problem than "softer glass".

    Imagine throwing a tennis ball through your kitchen window- straight on. You could probably break the window. Now, move 45° off to the side and throw it at the same window. It'll probably bounce off.

    Now, let's test this theory to confirm. Maybe Wally T4R could throw a tennis ball straight on at his kitchen window and 4x4runner could go at it from 45°. Report back, fellas! Science!
     
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    Every Jeep TJ I owned had the same issue.
     
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    My daughter did the same thing with her Jeep cause it has a little Jeep picture or something on the original. Any-who don't kid yourself about it being "OEM" anything can be faked/duplicated. Who's to say their not just putting the little emblem on them? You can buy knock off Gillette razor blades in a seemingly real
    Gillette box and everything.
     
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    Your BMW dealership probably had a safelite tech come out and install the factory BMW windshield. Been there and seen that. As long it is a great job, thats all that matters
     
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    BMW vehicles with all that electrical systems built in the glass is a $1800 or more cost .
    also these vehicles must have obviously , the exact part # for that specific BMW.. a friend had this problem , they installed the wrong windshield. but he did have the glass insurance ..
    he drives that BMW like 165MPH ... on the hywy.. got a speeding ticket 125MPH.. at 2am .
     
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    Most dealerships don't do it themselves.
     
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    SC was where my two chips and crack occurred. On the drive into Charleston and on the way out. I’ve got 38k on my 4R since I bought it in May 2017. I’ve driven from VA to Alabama and back, no chips. VA to Seattle and back, no chips. VA to Kentucky and back, no chips. Drove across country and no chips.

    Not sure but all within 72 hours in S.C. I have two.
     
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    I live in Charleston:anonymous:
     
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    I liked Charleston. Fun town! I stayed down on king street and walked all that area. Found a awesome BBQ place called smoke that had some awesome smoked wings.
     
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    It’s fun in the city down there. Grew up hanging out around those parts for years and years. Good food is plentiful:)
     
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    The left coast
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    I did get a chuckle out of what I call “Redneck Rodeo drive”
     
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    Hahah not even sure about that and I live here
     
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    I live in SC... :anonymous:

    :fistbump:
     
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