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I'm repainting my entire car and noticed rust at the top of the windshield so I'm taking the windshield off. Used a few guitar strings to break the seal on two-thirds of it, don't care to use that method again.
Taking it out I put a tiny crack in it so I'm going to replace it.

Right now I just need the windshield out so I can prime that area.

Ok enough background BS.

Does this tool work for the Escort? It's called a cold knife:
http://www.tooltopia.com/index.asp?...utm_term=SGT87900&utm_campaign=googlebase_18u

If that's not the correct tool, what tool would I need?

Thanks for any input you can give.
 

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If you are tired of hearing the guitar, piano wire will work too. LOL All jokes aside I have removed them using piano wire, but it's not an easy task. I'm not aware of any easy removal methods.
 

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if you are replacing the window anyways and you already have it 2/3 of the way off, get inside and give it a good kick or two, then peel it out. Wear gloves.

DO IT. IT FEELS GOOD.

That knife would probably work too. The sealant bead isnt very wide. Just make sure you clean it up really well. I have a reciprocating saw made for removing windshields. It is basically just like a small sawzall with a long knife on it. However the cold knife you are looking at would probably work just fine for you.

Also.... not sure what you are doing to apply the new urethane.... You need a low reduction "caulking" gun. And a tip for the tubes of urethane, get a 5 gallon bucket of hot water (100-105F) water and let your urethane sit in it for a while before you use it, that way it is a little more pliable.

Just remember though, nothing beats the feeling of being able to kick out your windshield. It isnt as much work as you would think, plus it is free.
 

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fordman and escortrestorer thanks for the tips.

I'm not sure if I want broken glass everywhere.

I'll probably get that cold knife if I go the junkyard route.

What's a low reduction gun?
 

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something like this that has a high ratio.

http://www.technologylk.com/_AB26/CRL-26-to-1-Ratio-Strap-Frame-Caulking-Gun.html

Basically, if you are using urethane from the tube to install your window, you are going to find that stuff is STIFF. You need a gun with like a 12:1 ratio at least to get that stuff out. Those guns you buy at the hardware store are usually like 3:1 if they aren't labeled. You can find stuff for cheaper than the link I provided, but, that was just the first thing I pulled up with the search button.
 

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tylerlough said:
I'm not sure if I want broken glass everywhere.
You wont really get much glass around using the kick it out method. Windshields are 2 pieces of glass with this sticky plastic in the middle that is designed to hold them together and stop broken glass from going everywhere if they break. My neighbor removed his windshield from the outside with a prybar and there still wasn't much broken glass that fell off of it. Its already broken, have at it. Also, be sure to paint the car before you install the windshield. It will look much better than masking around it.
 

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tylerlough said:
Pextor, I think that tool would damage the dashboard when trying to remove the bottom seal.
if you keep it angled up it works fine.
 

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Pextor, Escortwhisperer and I have removed countless 3rd gen windshields using similar tools with no issues.
 

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I bought both the "cold knife" and wire kit. It only took 30 sec to realize the cold knife wasn't going to cut the 3/4 inch urethane.

The wire worked well, but I did have to use a sheet of aluminum between the dashboard and windshield to protect it from damage.

I found rust all along the top so I'm taking that all down to bare steel then I'll shoot it with 2 part epoxy.

Thanks again.
 

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Which windshield removal tool did you use?

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/d ... mber=96339

Professional Windshield Removal Kit


Remove any style windshield including acutely angled ones.
Windshield wire may be cut to desired length
2 piece stainless steel with sturdy T-handle grips and sliding wire attachment
72 ft. braided steel windshield wire, straight hook tool
ITEM 96339-0VGA $19.99

Or this one:

Windshield Removing Tool

Use to remove caulking compound around windshields.
Tempered steel blade
Pull handle provides additional leverage

ITEM 99892-0VGA $7.99

It would be nice if we had a how to on this.
 

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I tried both but the $8 Windshield Removing Tool just didn't cut it. I had to use the Professional Windshield Removal Kit with the wire. I didn't try using the starting tool that comes in the pro kit because I already had the windshield 2/3 the way out.

On 3rd gens the dash goes all the way to the windshield so you must be really careful. I nicked the dash a few times even with using the piece of aluminum.

Some else should write the how to, as I've only taken out one windshield and couldn't tell you how to put a new one in.

The best advice I can give you is when using the wire make it long so you can pull the wire. It's much easier than trying to saw while you're pushing away from yourself.
 
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