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Old 06-06-2014, 07:42 AM   #1
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any windshield specialists/installers?

I had my 2014 wranglers windshield replaced a couple weeks ago with an OEM windshield. My oringinal windshield did not whistle or leak at all and was whisper quiet. I have a hard top that also has a perfect seal. My new glass whistled like crazy at 30mph and above. I was able to trace it to the top of the shield by using painters tape. When I put the tape on the top of the windshield covering the gap between the frame and the glass there was no whistle at any speed. My glass installer claimed he could not hear the whistle but that he would reset the glass. I called him out on not hearing it and he then admitted or at least claimed to have hearing damage so he could not hear high pitch noise. He reset the window saying that might be the issue. Well it is worse now then before just at a little higher speed ie starts about 35-40mph instead of 30mph. I am wondering if there is a trick to the wrangler glass installing. It does not leak water but definetly has a high pitched whistle.

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I and the same issue on my 09 when Safelite did it. They ended up reseating it and used more support on the bottom until the sealant cured. Now it doesn't whistle. Have it reseated, hope it helps, that whistle is irritating.

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I don't know what company did it, but I guess the experience of the installer has to come into play. A local shop did mine, not Safelite, and it's perfect.
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I don't know what company did it, but I guess the experience of the installer has to come into play. A local shop did mine, not Safelite, and it's perfect.
The installer told me that he has done 100's of wrangler windshields and was the company recommended by the jeep dealer. I called him today and he agreed to reseat it a 2nd time but does not seem happy to do it. I told him that for $700 (I paid $100 insurance paid $600 they sent me the notice that it was paid) it needs to be not whistling. I asked about more sealant and he said that they use the industry standard and it is bad to use more than that.
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So $700 for a new windshield? they are more like mid $300 here, for that kind of money it should be perfect, the one I had replaced is fine.
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So $700 for a new windshield? they are more like mid $300 here, for that kind of money it should be perfect, the one I had replaced is fine.
I personally feel like it is insurance fraud but the insurance company is ok with paying that kind of money. If I walk in and say I am paying it is much less. If I say insurance is covering it is more. I think that is wrong but that is apparently an accepted practice.
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The installer told me that he has done 100's of wrangler windshields and was the company recommended by the jeep dealer. I called him today and he agreed to reseat it a 2nd time but does not seem happy to do it. I told him that for $700 (I paid $100 insurance paid $600 they sent me the notice that it was paid) it needs to be not whistling. I asked about more sealant and he said that they use the industry standard and it is bad to use more than that.
That's at least double the price of what it costs to replace an oem windshield. It's amazing that an insurance company would pay twice the amount. There are a lot of JK windshields that get replaced and they all don't "whistle", so some technicians are doing it the correct way. With mine they had tape on the top and sides of the glass to help keep it in place and I was told to take it easy on the way home and not to drive it for at least 24 hrs. After that I carefully removed the tape and it's been perfect ever since.
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You guy's realize the newer wranglers with the windshield that has the little jeep in the corner are twice as expensive as the older plain windshield.
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I did some digging and it looks whistling can be traced to having the windshield set too low. I compared mine to my buddies new 14 and on his you can barely slide a nickel between the top of the glass and the frame and on mine there is space to slip two quarters stacked on top of each other. Could I ask those who do not have a whistler to see what gap they have between the top of the glass and the frame and/or the bottom of the glass and the frame. On mine the gap is wider on top then on the bottom. thanks
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Here's a picture of my factory windshield no noise.
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I did some digging and it looks whistling can be traced to having the windshield set too low. I compared mine to my buddies new 14 and on his you can barely slide a nickel between the top of the glass and the frame and on mine there is space to slip two quarters stacked on top of each other. Could I ask those who do not have a whistler to see what gap they have between the top of the glass and the frame and/or the bottom of the glass and the frame. On mine the gap is wider on top then on the bottom. thanks
My OEM replacement is 1/8" on each side, 1/4" on the bottom and 1/8" on top, measured from the paint on the frame to the edge of the glass.
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Top 0.080", bottom 0.125" - no whistle.
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thanks guys keep them coming.
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My OEM replacement is 1/8" on each side, 1/4" on the bottom and 1/8" on top, measured from the paint on the frame to the edge of the glass.
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Top 0.080", bottom 0.125" - no whistle.
seems you two much have different size glass for these measurements to be accurate.
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Nobody else will measure? Need asap as heading to glass shop.
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Old 06-09-2014, 11:26 AM   #16
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I went with the 1/8" on top and 1/4" on bottom and no whistle. there was no way to do
.08" on the top and 1/8" on the bottom. Mine is an OEM glass so that might be the difference. They did install a brand new OEM thinking maybe the first was defective. Regardless no whistling now.
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I have a 2013 Unlimited Sport Hardtop. Immediately noticed Windshield "wind noise" more on driver side vs passenger, once over 25mph. I researched here and there and "it's a Jeep" and "They do this" was mostly responses from Dealer, Forum, etc. So I have lived with it and it was no big deal.
***Update*** A Large rock cracked my windshield and I got it replaced. Guess what? The Noise Disappeared!!!! I never had any rain/water leakage as I could tell, and couldn't actually 'feel' the wind coming through , but obviously the replacement windshield solved the problem. So, that's my story and why some JK owners have issues and others not--- some factory 'issues' with the windshield install I presume…..

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