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Old 05-05-2015, 11:19 AM
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Re: Windshield Replacement Issues

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Don't use satellite and you'll be ok. Always use a PPG or Pilkington dealer. They are OEM dealers as well as the top in the biz.
I've never had an issue with Safelite for any vehicle I've had windshields replaced on. They've always been great.

The one thing they always warned me about was lowering a window a crack before shutting the last door (at least while getting in) for the first 24 hours to minimize the pressure while the gasket settles. The pressure from closing a car door while the seal is curing can actually pop a windshield partially out of the seal and lead to leakage.

As far a the Jeep, while I haven't had to have a windshield replaced on it yet, I can see why it might cause issues. I'm actually perplexed why Jeep thinks it's a good idea to have glass sitting on top of a gasket instead of the edge sealed by it. The back glass is worse and literally just stuck to the back gate. I actually thought it might be flipper glass at one point.

The windshield actually looks like they forgot to run part of the gasket around it. It seems to me, that would create more potential for turbulance and wind whistle...or buzzing if it doesn't stick right.

It's a bad design, in my opinion and actually looks sloppy.

As far as the RSW, I agree that OEM should be used with this system. Aside from a system that uses other kinds of sensor technology not built into the glass, there's no getting around the need for pretty specific glass.

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Re: Windshield Replacement Issues

Hi All,
I recently had my windshield replaced and had rain sensor issues. I would get the ghost swipe on startup and rain sensor appeared to have hugely decreased sensitivity and poor performance, but did appear to have some sort of sense working - ie if you hosed down the windshield it would swipe.
Glass was from PGW.
I searched all over the forums, finding similar cases of the same problem both with aftermarket glass and some even with OEM glass.
There were some postings that it took 2-3 replacement glass to get them to work.
One post I came across mentioned a number of carwashes eventually solved the issue.

So I let the problem run its course, and fortunately it was a rainy week. As the week went on the sensor got better. Its now working 100% as it once did.

I suspect that there is some sort of learning curve built into the programming. There seems to be no documentation on it anywhere.
I thought I would share..before rushing out to get another pane of glass, let it run its course.
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Re: Windshield Replacement Issues

If you installed OEM Mopar glass then you will be fine! There have been a number of complaints by owners who installed cheaper knock-off windshields. Don't do it . . . pay the extra and get Mopar glass! Those rain sensors are VERY finicky!
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If you installed OEM Mopar glass then you will be fine! There have been a number of complaints by owners who installed cheaper knock-off windshields. Don't do it . . . pay the extra and get Mopar glass! Those rain sensors are VERY finicky!
I used OEM replacememt glass on my MY11. It was replaced at the dealer by their outside glass service. The sensor did not work. The dealer had to reboot, or whatever it's called, the sensor twice from their shop computer before it worked properly.
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Re: Windshield Replacement Issues

2014 Summit. I had my windshield replaced by Safelite recently. Their initial plan was aftermarket glass, but they installed Mopar when I requested this through my insurance company. The mopar windshield does not look exactly the same - the original had a logo and ID/part numbers in the center bottom of the glass, while the new one has emblem and numbers on the passenger bottom. But it says Mopar.

My Rainsense wipers work reasonably well (never worked particularly well from the beginning), but I did have two different problems - the windshield cowl gasket is coming up in places, and the Smartbeam headlights did not work properly (would turn on/off erratically and inappropriately, when they worked very well originally). I had specifically left the jeep at a dealer for Safelight to work on because I was aware that recalibration of the Smartbeam camera was recommended after a windshield replacement, and Safelight said the dealer would do that. The dealer (Putnam Chrysler in Burlingame, CA) claimed to know nothing about any method to recalibrate the camera. They actually didn't seem to know there was a camera at all. They were unfamiliar with the term "Smartbeam headlights". Not confidence-inspiring...but par for this dealer.

After conversations with Chrysler customer care and bringing it to another dealer for this problem and several others (steering wheel vibration at highway speeds, rough 2-3 shift, etc.) the second dealer recalibrated the camera and it works normally now. Unfortunately, I am still stuck with the other problems and another uncooperative dealer (Stevens Creek Chrysler, San Jose, CA).

Incidentally, if anyone can recommend a competent dealer in the San Francisco Bay Area that doesn't act like they're doing you a favor by servicing a vehicle under warranty/service contract, please let me know.

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