Essex windshield replacement products have a limited shelf life. Products should be discarded if they have exceeded their shelf life.
Refer to the following text to decode the manufacturing (batch) date from the container. Also, refer to the Service Procedure for proper installation procedures.
HOW TO READ ESSEX BATCH NUMBERS
Year: J Month: L Day: 15 Essex ARG: 8601 Batch: AA
This batch was made December 15, 1995 at the Essex plant, batch sequence AA.
Monthly Code Guide:
A - January
B - February
C - March
D - April
E - May
F - June
G - July
H - August
I - September
J - October
K - November
L - December
Year Code Guide:
J - 1995
K - 1996
L - 1997
M - 1998
URETHANE MOUNTED GLASS MATERIAL USAGE PROCEDURE
If necessary, remove the windshield wiper mounting arm, pivot shafts and leaf screen along cowl. Remove the inside rear view mirror, all windshield garnish mouldings, A-pillar mouldings and lower headliner.
Use Rotunda Interior Cut-Out Knife (164-R2450 or 164-R2451) or equivalent to cut urethane. Refer to the manufacturer's instructions when using tool.
USE CARE WHEN CUTTING THROUGH SEAL TO AVOID DAMAGE TO THE INSTRUMENT PANEL, REAR PACKAGE TRAY, HEADLINER OR INTERIOR TRIM.
Remove glass from vehicle using a suitable glass removal tool.
Trim the urethane left on the flange with a utility knife or razor blade until the surface is smooth and free of cuts. Even up the urethane remaining on the pinch weld so it is all at the same level (approximately 1/16" or 1.6mm).
Apply Essex Urethane Pinchweld Primer U-413 to any sheet metal that has been exposed along the pinch weld. Let dry for a minimum of 6-10 minutes before proceeding. Do not apply primer to existing urethane bead.
Properly align glass to body. Place the glass in the opening and center it from top to bottom and side to side with about equal clearance on all sides. Using masking tape or crayon, make alignment points on each of the four (4) sides of the glass and body.
Remove the windshield from the vehicle and place it inside up, on a low stable work surface.
Clean the glass with a non-alcohol based glass cleaner such as Essex Glass And Surface Cleaner GC-800.
Install rear view mirror bracket. Refer to the appropriate Service Manual for installation details.
Apply two (2) coats of Urethane Glass Prep U-401 to inner edge of the windshield. Wipe off material immediately after each application.
WIPE OFF URETHANE GLASS PREP U-401 IMMEDIATELY AFTER EACH APPLICATION.
Apply Essex Primer U-402 to the same glass area as U-401. Allow to dry 5 minutes.
Install foam dam tape on pinch weld, if required.
Cut the nozzle of the Essex Urethane Auto Glass Adhesive U-400HV (Figure 1) and apply a triangular bead of urethane 5/8" (16mm) by 3/8" (9mm) wide around the perimeter of the pinch weld.
Figure 1 - Article 95-12-1
Install the glass into the opening taking care to align the marks previously designated. Press glass into place until full contact is made with urethane adhesive. Glass must be installed before urethane skins over.
BEFORE INSTALLING GLASS, OPEN THE WINDOWS TO PREVENT THE GLASS FROM BEING PUSHED OUT BY AIR PRESSURE IF A DOOR IS CLOSED.
If necessary, reinstall all mouldings and trim previously removed.
WHEN REPLACING URETHANE INSTALLED GLASS, THE VEHICLE SHOULD NOT BE DRIVEN UNTIL THE URETHANE HAS CURED. THIS WILL PREVENT THE GLASS FROM BEING JARRED OUT OF POSITION AND HELP ENSURE APPROPRIATE WINDSHIELD RETENTION TO MEET SAFETY AND STRUCTURAL REQUIREMENTS.
USE ONLY URETHANE FOR SERVICE OF AIR AND WATER LEAKS ON URETHANE INSTALLED GLASS.
The following products are required for urethane mounted glass replacement:
ESSEX URETHANE GLASS INSTALLATION PRODUCTS
Essex Part Number
Essex Urethane Glass Prep
4 Fl. Oz.
Essex Urethane Glass Primer
4 Fl. Oz.
Essex Urethane Pinch Weld Primer
4 Fl. Oz.
Essex Urethane Auto Glass Adhesive
Norton Foam Dam Tape
Essex Glass And Surface Cleaner
To locate the nearest distributor of Essex glass replacement products, contact the following locations: