I was spending a pleasant afternoon at my folks' house installing my new
suspension kit and everything was going great, finished up the front and was
raising the rear when I hear a BOOM and glass cascading down!!! My car was
a bumper length sticking out of the garage and the hatch was up, the rear
wiper levered against the top of the garage and the rest was history. So
after the shock and the 36 syllable hybrid curse that left my mouth I had a
beer and finished up.
I want to order the glass and miscellanea and install it myself. I've
looked at the FSM and it looks pretty doable. Any gotchas with this? Is
the adhesive difficult to work with and easily obtainable? Are the suction
cups readily available and affordable? My insurance deductible is 500 and I
don't think I have a glass clause. After some of the stuff I've read and a
news report about shoddy workmanship, I'd rather try it myself. I love my
car and would rather keep it away from unloving hands unless I absolutely
need to. Thanks.
the glass is tempered and needs to be protected from sudden temperature
changes or it will go BOOM before you even get it installed. You don't have
to baby it, but if it is very hot from being in the sun or in the closed car
and you bring it into a cool house or spray it with glass cleaner it might
You can find an assortment of suction cups at http://tinyurl.com/bysuz .
However, keep in mind that you might be able to find a better price through
different sources such as http://www.etoolcart.com /.
I would go to a glass company and pay them to replace the glass. That way it
is covered by a warranty (if it leaks or breaks). It's far easier to do it
that way than to risk breaking the glass before you complete the DIY
installation, and there are no tools to purchase. Not to mention no cleanup.
the glass in, it would be relatively easy to do it yourself. but in
this case, it's quite a tricky process. unless you have access to the
tools & adhesives necessary for this job, and the window sealant sold at
auto supply stores isn't up to it, then i suggest having the glass shop
do it. there's not much i won't do on a car myself, but certain jobs
are best left to those set up to do them properly. paint, alignment,
tires & [honda] glass are on that list.
Now that I've slept on it, I've placed a claim with insurance and will
handle it that way. My comprehensive deductable is 250, not as bad as the
500 collision deductable. Thanks for the advise. What a bonehead move it
was that day. How utterly frustrating and embarassing more than anything!
I wouldn't place a claim with insurance - it could come back to haunt
you. How much over the $250 is the replacement going to cost?
Two of the most common words found in insurance non-renewal notices -
You're better off paying minor things out of your pocket and only
filing claims for the big things.
Yes I was worried about this and am of the frame of mind of keeping the
insurance out of it. I did some research and typically glass claims are
PERCEIVED to be OK and are not supposed to increase rates. Regarding the
claims frequency, in 13 years of driving, I have never filed an insurance
claim and am hoping that I will be OK with this one.
Just as a note, I made the calls this morning and everything was pretty
straighforward. As an afterthought, I wondered if the glass company I chose
would use OEM or aftermarket glass since I didn't specify. So I called just
now and the glass they ordered was not OEM, but PPG which I understand is
pretty decent. I inisisted on OEM glass and they called back and said no
problem, it will just be an extra 3 days to actually get the piece. I
decided to wait.
Back years ago, I filed a glass breakage claim and another one because
someone keyed the side of my car. Then I proceeded to have a wreck,
and followed that up a year later with another one.
I got a non-renewal notice with "claims frequency" as the reason. I
had some long phone calls and ended up with the people that make those
decisions. Her first words were, you've had 4 claims in the last two
Without the wrecks, I would have been fine. The problem is that if
something serious happens after the comprehensive claim, the small
claim may hurt you at some point.
The glass claim by itself shouldn't cause any problems at all.
FYI....PPG is the OEM supplier for American made Hondas. Your insurance
carrier may not pay the increased cost of ASAHI branded glass (the Japanese
mfg OEM glass supplier) as many insurance carriers try to manage their costs
with glass replacement. This will have absolutely no effect on your cost of
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