Jeep Wagoneer/Commando/Cherokee 1957-1983 Repair Information

Windshield

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION FC Series



The temperature of the weatherstripping should be at least 75ºF before removing the windshield. Two helpers are essential for this job.

  1. From inside the cab, insert a thin wedge in the separation at the mid-point of the weatherstripping, and pull the lower lip up and over the upper lip. Avoid tearing the weatherstripping.
  2.  
  3. Coat the area between the glass and the weatherstripping with a soap and water solution.
  4.  
  5. You and one helper should push out on opposite upper corners of the glass, while your other helper catches the glass on the outside.
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To install:
  1. Heat the weatherstripping with a heat lamp or other device, until it is very pliable.
  2.  
  3. Install the weatherstripping into the frame.
  4.  
  5. Soak the weatherstripping with the liquid soap solution.
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  7. Place a strong cord, such as 1 / 2 inch diameter clothesline in the glass groove along the bottom of the weatherstripping. Allow the ends of the cord to hang down the front of the truck from each lower corner.
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  9. With the aid of a helper, force the upper edge of the glass into the top groove of the weatherstripping.
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  11. Push the glass toward the cab, working the glass into the side grooves.
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  13. When the glass is tucked into the top and sides, it will be tight against the bottom of the weatherstripping. Starting at one corner, pull the cord toward you while pushing in on the glass. The weatherstripping will pull out, around the glass. Make sure that the weatherstripping is all the way up, around the lower edge of the glass.
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  15. Thoroughly soap the inner edges of the weatherstripping and, with the thin wedge, tuck the lower lip of the weatherstripping under the upper edge.
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Jeepster/Commando See Figures 1, 2 and 3

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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the Jeepster/Commando windshield components



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Fig. Fig. 2: Cross-sectional view of the Jeepster/Commando windshield moulding



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Fig. Fig. 3: Dimensions of the wood wedge used to unlock the windshield weatherstripping

The temperature of the weatherstripping should be at least 75ºF before removing the windshield. Two helpers are essential for this job.

  1. From inside the vehicle, insert a thin wedge in the separation at the mid-point of the weatherstripping, and pull the lower lip up and over the upper lip. Avoid tearing the weatherstripping.
  2.  
  3. Coat the area between the glass and the weatherstripping with a soap and water solution.
  4.  
  5. You and one helper should push out on opposite upper corners of the glass, while your other helper catches the glass on the outside. Clean any old sealer from the weatherstripping channel and the glass.
  6.  

To install:
  1. Heat the weatherstripping with a heat lamp or other device, until it is very pliable.
  2.  
  3. Install the weatherstripping into the frame. Place a 3 / 16 inch bead of medium bodied sealer in the weatherstripping channel around its entire circumference.
  4.  
  5. Soak the weatherstripping with the liquid soap solution.
  6.  
  7. Place a strong, thin cord or wire, in the glass groove along the bottom of the weatherstripping. Allow the ends of the cord or wire to hang down the front of the vehicle from each lower corner.
  8.  
  9. With the aid of a helper, force the upper edge of the glass into the top groove of the weatherstripping.
  10.  
  11. Push the glass toward the vehicle, working the glass into the side grooves.
  12.  
  13. When the glass is tucked into the top and sides, it will be tight against the bottom of the weatherstripping. Starting at one corner, pull the cord toward you while pushing in on the glass. The weatherstripping will pull out, around the glass. Make sure that the weatherstripping is all the way up, around the lower edge of the glass.
  14.  
  15. Thoroughly soap the inner edges of the weatherstripping and, with the thin wedge, tuck the lower lip of the weatherstripping under the upper edge.
  16.  

1962-78 Wagoneer, Cherokee and J-Series Truck See Figures 4 and 5

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Fig. Fig. 4: Cross-sectional view of the Wagoneer, Cherokee and J-series truck windshield moulding



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Fig. Fig. 5: Unlocking the weatherstripping using a wood wand or a fiber stick

The temperature of the weatherstripping should be at least 75ºF before removing the windshield. Two helpers are essential for this job.

  1. Remove the windshield wiper arms.
  2.  
  3. Remove the stainless steel moldings from the windshield weatherstripping.
  4.  
  5. From outside the vehicle, insert a thin wedge in the separation at the mid-point of the weatherstripping, and pull the lower lip up and over the upper lip. Avoid tearing the weatherstripping.
  6.  
  7. Coat the area between the glass and the weatherstripping with a soap and water solution.
  8.  
  9. With the aid of a helper push out on opposite, lower corners of the glass, while your other helper catches the glass on the outside. Clean any old sealer from the weatherstripping channel and the glass.
  10.  

To install:
  1. Heat the weatherstripping with a heat lamp or other device, until it is very pliable.
  2.  
  3. Install the weatherstripping into the frame. Place a 3 / 16 inch bead of medium bodied sealer, such as 3M Auto Bedding and Glazing Compound, or equivalent, in the weatherstripping channel around its entire circumference.
  4.  
  5. Soak the weatherstripping with the liquid soap solution.
  6.  
  7. Place a strong, thin cord or wire, in the glass groove along the bottom of the weatherstripping. Allow the ends of the cord or wire to hang down the front of the vehicle from each lower corner.
  8.  
  9. With the aid of a helper, force the upper edge of the glass into the top groove of the weatherstripping.
  10.  
  11. Push the glass toward the vehicle, working the glass into the side grooves.
  12.  
  13. When the glass is tucked into the top and sides, it will be tight against the bottom of the weatherstripping. Starting at one corner, pull the cord toward you while pushing in on the glass. The weatherstripping will pull out, around the glass. Make sure that the weatherstripping is all the way up, around the lower edge of the glass.
  14.  
  15. Thoroughly soap the inner edges of the weatherstripping and, with the thin wedge, tuck the lower lip of the weatherstripping under the upper edge.
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  17. Install the stainless molding as follows:
    1. Place a 1 / 8 inch diameter cord in the weatherstripping molding retaining groove, along the entire length of the weatherstripping, leaving enough cord hanging out at each end to get a good grip.
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    3. Place either the left or right bottom molding in the groove. Starting at the outside corner of the weatherstripping, pull up on the cord, while tapping gently on the molding with a rubber mallet. This will lock the molding in the groove.
    4.  
    5. Repeat this process for the other bottom molding.
    6.  
    7. Install the center molding clip to cover the gap between the two bottom molding pieces.
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    9. Install the one piece upper molding in the same manner as the bottom pieces.
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    11. The side and corner moldings can be inserted in the retaining groove and secured by the attaching screws at the upper pillars.
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    13. Fill the gap at the upper outboard corner, between the trim molding and the body with sealer.
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  19. Clean all excess sealer from the molding, install the wiper arms and leak test the windshield.
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1979-83 All Models

These models use bonded windshields. Windshield installation and the adhesives used, are critical in meeting Federal FMVSS regulations. Therefore, it is recommended that windshield replacement procedures on these vehicles be left to a professional shop.

 
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