How to Replace Your Ford Bronco Windshield in 5 Easy Steps

So, you're a proud Ford Bronco owner but you're faced with the all-too-common problem of a chipped or damaged windshield? This flaw is not unique to you or your badass vehicle. In fact, every Bronco owner, off-road warrior or town driver alike, has likely encountered this pesky issue. Why? Due to the Bronco's nearly flat and vertical windshield design that is, unfortunately, a magnet for rock chips.

Now, you might be thinking, "Why should I even bother? Will it make any real difference?" The answer is a resounding yes.

Maintaining a clear, intact windshield is absolutely vital. It’s not just for aesthetics or a clear view while driving; it also plays a crucial role in the structural integrity of your Bronco. A damaged windshield can compromise your safety and the overall performance of the vehicle. More so, neglecting minor cracks or chips often leads to more extensive damage, inevitably requiring a full replacement - and we all know that's not cheap.

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So, what do you do when faced with a damaged windshield? Enter us, Rad Bronco Parts. We're here to guide you through the process of replacing your Ford Bronco windshield in 5 easy steps. From understanding the cost implications, choosing the right replacement windshield, to handy tips for post-installation care; we've got it all covered - delivered in a language as simple and straightforward as possible.

Let's buckle up and roll down the road of information to preserve and protect your Bronco's ultimate defense against the elements - its windshield.

Understanding the Cost of Windshield Replacement

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The cost of replacing a Ford Bronco windshield can vary significantly. To get a general estimate, we ran a 2021 Bronco windshield replacement through Safelite’s online quoting tool and received a quote of $1130 USD. This price includes not only the windshield itself but also the mandatory recalibration step required due to the advanced technology behind the windshield.

However, prices can fluctuate depending on the model year of your Bronco, the type of glass you choose, and the region or city where you live. For instance, as seen on eBay, the price range for a Bronco windshield can range from $129.99 for a 1966-1977 Ford Bronco windshield to $564.99 for a Ford Bronco II/Ranger windshield.

Factors Affecting the Cost of Windshield Replacement

The high price of a Ford Bronco windshield replacement isn't just due to the cost of the glass. The design of the Bronco's windshield, with its near-vertical rake angle and almost no curvature, makes it more susceptible to rock chips and cracks, leading to a greater likelihood of needing replacement.

Aside from this, the advent of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) technologies such as lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking, have also driven up costs. These systems rely on sensors and cameras mounted behind the windshield that must be recalibrated each time the windshield is replaced, adding to the overall cost.

Insurance Coverage for Windshield Replacement

Whether or not your insurance will cover the cost of windshield replacement largely depends on the specifics of your policy. Comprehensive coverage usually covers windshield damage, but it's always best to check with your insurance provider to understand what's covered and what's not. If you have a high deductible, it may be more cost-effective to pay out-of-pocket.

At Rad Bronco Parts, we understand how essential a well-maintained windshield is to the safety and performance of your Ford Bronco. We provide a range of windshield options to suit different budgets and needs, ensuring your beloved Bronco is always protected and ready for the road.

Step 1: Assessing the Damage and Deciding on Replacement

Before you decide on replacing your Ford Bronco windshield, it's crucial to assess the damage. Windshields can be expensive, and sometimes a repair might suffice. However, it's crucial to ensure safety isn't compromised while trying to save on costs.

Identifying the Severity of Windshield Damage

Windshield damages can range from minor chips and cracks to major shatters. For small chips and cracks, especially those not directly in the driver's line of sight, a repair might be all you need.

However, larger cracks, especially those spreading to the edges of the windshield, are a cause for concern. These can compromise the structural integrity of the windshield and may require replacement. Also, any damage within the driver's line of sight typically necessitates a windshield replacement to avoid safety hazards.

When to Opt for Repair vs. Replacement

Here's a simple rule of thumb: If the crack is smaller than a dollar bill, it can usually be repaired. Anything larger warrants a replacement.

Also, consider the location and depth of the damage. If the inner layer of the windshield is damaged, or the damage is at the edge of the windshield, replacement becomes necessary.

Importance of Professional Assessment

While these guidelines can provide a starting point, the ultimate decision should be made following a professional assessment. Here at Rad Bronco Parts, our expert, Robert Resz, recommends a professional inspection for an accurate assessment of the damage.

Your Ford Bronco windshield isn't just about keeping bugs out of your teeth. It's an integral part of your vehicle's safety system, playing a crucial role in structural support in case of a rollover accident. Therefore, ensuring its integrity is essential for your safety.

In the next section, we'll help you understand how to choose the right replacement windshield for your Ford Bronco, whether OEM or aftermarket. But remember, any replacement should only be carried out by a professional to ensure proper fit and sealing.

Step 2: Choosing the Right Replacement Windshield

Choosing the right replacement ford bronco windshield is crucial for both safety and function. In this section, we'll discuss the options you have, the features of Ford Bronco windshields, and where to find replacements.

OEM vs. Aftermarket Windshields

When replacing your Ford Bronco windshield, you'll encounter terms like OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer), OEE (Original Equipment Equivalent), and aftermarket.

OEM glass is identical to the windshield that was installed when your vehicle was first manufactured. This means it has the same specifications, including size, shape, color, durability, and quality.

On the other hand, aftermarket windshields are made by independent companies. They're usually cheaper than OEM parts but may not have the exact same specifications or quality.

However, for newer Broncos, like the 6th generation models, the only available replacement glass is OEM. While this means retaining the quality you're used to, it can be a more expensive option.

Special Features of Ford Bronco Windshields

The Ford Bronco, being an advanced vehicle, has additional features in its windshield like ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) sensors and cameras. These require recalibration during replacement, which can add to the overall cost but is crucial for the accurate operation of ADAS features.

Where to Buy Replacement Windshields

If you're looking for a replacement windshield for your Ford Bronco, numerous places offer them. However, choose a reputable source that provides quality parts.

At Rad Bronco Parts, we offer a variety of parts for your Ford Bronco. Our team, headed by Robert Resz, ensures that all parts meet the highest quality standards.

Another option is online marketplaces like eBay, where you can find a variety of windshields for different Ford Bronco models.

Replacing your windshield is a significant task that impacts your safety on the road. Take time to understand your options, consult with professionals, and make an informed decision on the best replacement windshield for your Ford Bronco.

Up next, we'll guide you through the process of removing the damaged windshield safely and efficiently.

Step 3: Removing the Damaged Windshield

It's time to roll up your sleeves and get to work. But before we dive into the process of removing your damaged Ford Bronco windshield, let's talk about safety and the tools you'll need.

Safety Precactions Before Starting the Process

Safety comes first. Always. Working with glass, especially broken or damaged glass, can be dangerous. Always wear safety glasses and heavy-duty gloves to protect yourself from sharp edges and flying shards. If the windshield is severely damaged or shattered, consider wearing a long-sleeved shirt to protect your arms as well. Lastly, make sure you have a clear, clean workspace to avoid any accidents.

Tools Needed for Windshield Removal

You don't need a garage full of tools to remove a windshield, but you do need some specific ones. Here's your tool checklist: - Windshield removal tool or a cold knife - Windshield molding release tool - Suction cup grips - Razor blade or utility knife - Protective goggles and gloves

Once you have your tools and safety gear ready, it's time to get started.

Step-by-Step Guide to Removing the Damaged Windshield

  1. Remove the windshield wipers. They're in the way and can be easily damaged during the removal process.
  2. Detach any moldings and cowlings. Use your molding release tool to carefully pry off these parts without causing additional damage.
  3. Cut the seal. Using your cold knife or windshield removal tool, gently cut the seal around the windshield. This is the tricky part. You need to apply enough pressure to cut through the seal but not so much that you damage the pinch weld underneath. Patience is a virtue.
  4. Lift out the windshield. With the seal cut, use your suction cup grips to carefully lift the windshield out of its frame. It's best to have a helper for this part. Windshields are heavy and awkward to handle on your own.

And there you have it! Your damaged Ford Bronco windshield is now removed. If you're feeling a little overwhelmed, don't worry. At Rad Bronco Parts, our expert, Robert Resz, is always here to help guide you through the process.

In the next section, we'll cover how to install your new windshield, ensuring a perfect fit and a clear view of the road ahead.

Step 4: Installing the New Windshield

Now that you've successfully removed the damaged windshield, it's time to install your new Ford Bronco windshield. This process requires precision to ensure a perfect fit and seal, keeping you and your passengers safe while driving.

Preparing the New Windshield and Vehicle for Installation

Before installation, make sure both the new windshield and the vehicle are clean and free of any debris. A clean working space is crucial for a successful installation.

Consider using a windshield that includes a windshield protection film, which acts as a shock-absorbing layer to prevent future damage. Choosing the right windshield requires some research, but the basic principle for all films is the same - it helps to reduce the likelihood of driving home with a cracked windshield.

Step-by-Step Guide to Installing the New Windshield

  1. Apply the Adhesive: Apply a layer of urethane adhesive to the frame where the windshield will sit. This adhesive is crucial for creating a watertight seal.

  2. Position the Windshield: Carefully position the new windshield onto the frame. It's best to have a second person assist with this step to avoid any accidental damage.

  3. Press Into Place: Once the windshield is positioned correctly, press it into place. The adhesive should hold the windshield securely.

  4. Allow to Cure: Leave the windshield to cure based on the adhesive manufacturer's instructions. This curing process ensures the windshield is securely bonded to the frame.

Always remember to follow the manufacturer's instructions that come with your new windshield.

Ensuring Proper Seal and Fit

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After the adhesive has fully cured, it's time to check the seal and fit. The windshield should be flush with the frame, and there should be no gaps where water or air can seep in. If you notice any issues, it's crucial to address them immediately to prevent future problems.

At Rad Bronco Parts, we understand the importance of a well-installed windshield. Our expert, Robert Resz, recommends regular inspections of your windshield to ensure it remains in top condition.

In the next step, we'll cover how to care for and maintain your new windshield, ensuring it stays in perfect condition for years to come.

Step 5: Post-Installation Care and Maintenance

After successfully installing your new Ford Bronco windshield, know how to care for it. Proper maintenance ensures your windshield stays in top-notch condition, providing clear visibility and safety while driving.

Immediate Do's and Don'ts After Windshield Installation

After the installation, it's crucial to remember a few key points to ensure the windshield settles properly. Here are some do's and don'ts:

  • Do wait for at least an hour before driving your Bronco. This allows the adhesive to dry and secure the windshield in place.
  • Don't remove the retention tape (if used during installation) for the first 24 hours. This tape helps hold the windshield in the correct position as the adhesive dries.
  • Do avoid car washes and power washers for a few days. The high-pressure water can disrupt the seal and adhesive.
  • Don't slam the doors. The pressure can disturb the new windshield placement.

Long-Term Maintenance Tips for Your New Windshield

To maintain the integrity of your new Ford Bronco windshield, follow these long-term maintenance tips:

  1. Regular Cleaning: Keep your windshield clean to ensure clear visibility. Use a soft cloth and gentle automotive soap to avoid scratches. Avoid abrasive cleaners.
  2. Use Quality Wiper Blades: Old or worn-out wiper blades can scratch your windshield. Regularly check and replace wiper blades to prevent unnecessary damage.
  3. Avoid Direct Sunlight: Prolonged exposure to sunlight can damage the windshield seal and cause the glass to warp. Use a high-quality sunshade, like the Weathertech SunShade, to protect your Bronco's windshield.

Importance of Regular Inspection and Timely Repairs

It's crucial to regularly inspect your windshield for any signs of damage. Small chips or cracks can quickly spread, compromising the windshield's integrity and your safety. Timely repairs can prevent minor issues from becoming major problems.

At Rad Bronco Parts, we believe in the importance of regular maintenance to prolong the lifespan of your Ford Bronco windshield. If you ever experience any issues, Robert Resz, our expert, is always ready to assist with any concerns or questions you might have.

Taking care of your windshield is not just about maintaining your Bronco's look. It's about ensuring you and your loved ones are safe every time you hit the road.

Protecting Your Ford Bronco Windshield

Even a brand-new windshield isn't immune to the wear and tear of the road. As any Ford Bronco owner knows, the risk of rock chips and cracks is all part of the off-road adventure. But that doesn't mean you can't take steps to protect your windshield and keep it in top shape for longer.

Understanding the Risk of Rock Chips and Cracks

Driving on rugged terrains and high-speed highways exposes your Ford Bronco windshield to a variety of hazards. A small rock or piece of debris can be kicked up, causing a chip or crack in your windshield. As a Bronco owner detailed in a post on The Bronco Nation forum, even careful driving couldn't prevent a loud impact and a large, irreparable crack.

Benefits of Windshield Protection Film

So, how can you protect your Ford Bronco windshield from such damage? One effective solution is applying a windshield protection film. Despite being extremely thin and almost completely invisible, this automotive-grade screen protector can significantly reduce the likelihood of chips and cracks.

At Rad Bronco Parts, we recommend the ExoShield DIY Windshield Protection Film Kit specifically designed for Broncos. This film acts as a shock-absorbing layer, helping to prevent damage from road debris. For our off-road enthusiasts, we offer ExoShield ULTRA, a thicker, more impact-resistant film that retains high clarity and durability.

How to Apply Windshield Protection Film

Now, let's walk you through the installation process. While you can choose to have the film professionally installed, we've made sure our ExoShield kits are easy to install at home.

  1. Clean the Windshield: Start by thoroughly cleaning your windshield to remove any dust or debris.

  2. Prepare the Film: Next, remove the film from its packaging and spray it with a water and soap solution. This makes it easier to position correctly.

  3. Apply the Film: Carefully place the film onto your windshield, starting from the center and working your way outwards. Use a squeegee to remove any bubbles or wrinkles.

  4. Trim Excess Film: Use a sharp knife to carefully trim away any excess film around the edges of your windshield.

  5. Dry and Cure: Lastly, allow the film to dry and cure. This can take a few hours, so it's best to leave your Bronco in a covered area during this time.

Protecting your Ford Bronco windshield is a small investment that can save you from costly replacements in the future. At Rad Bronco Parts, we believe in equipping our Bronco community with the tools and knowledge to keep their vehicles in peak condition. Reach out to our expert, Robert Resz, if you have any questions about windshield protection or other Bronco care topics.


We've walked you through a clear, step-by-step process of replacing your Ford Bronco windshield. From assessing the damage and deciding on replacement, choosing the right windshield, safely removing the damaged windshield, installing the new one, to post-installation care and maintenance.

Remember, proper care and maintenance of your Ford Bronco windshield is important not just for aesthetic reasons, but more importantly, for your safety. Regular checks for any signs of damage, immediate repair or replacement when necessary, and the use of windshield protection film can significantly extend the life of your windshield and save you from expensive replacement costs.

Here at Rad Bronco Parts, we understand the love and pride you have for your Bronco. We encourage you to take these steps seriously as they can make a significant difference in your driving experience.

As Robert Resz, our resident Bronco expert, always says, "A clear, safe windshield is the window to all your off-road adventures. Don't let a cracked or damaged windshield cloud your journey."

Whether you're looking to upgrade your Bronco Sport tail lights, or considering investing in a Weathertech SunShade, remember, quality parts and diligent maintenance are the keys to enjoying your Bronco for years to come.

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In conclusion, don't underestimate the importance of a clear, safe windshield. It's more than just a piece of glass, it's your shield against the elements, your barrier against road debris, and your window to the world. Ensuring it's in the best condition possible is crucial for a safe and enjoyable Bronco experience. Happy driving!

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