Troubleshooting Your Jeep Wrangler Windshield Hinge
Your Jeep is one wild beast that's built for great off-road adventures. Due to its rugged nature, it comes with a foldable windshield, which can be folded down onto the hood of the vehicle. This feature is very useful as it allows you to have an unobstructed view of the path in front of you by bringing it down. However, your windshield's functionality could be seriously put at risk should its hinges become damaged. So here are some troubleshooting tips for diagnosing your Jeep Wrangler windshield hinge problems.
If you notice annoying creaking and squeaking noises coming from your windshield hinges, then you should check them for corrosion. After some time and after being severely weathered, your hinges can become very rusty. Hinges can also deteriorate over the years, loosening and leading to those annoying noises as you drive. When faced with this scenario, have your busted hinge replaced right away.
Check your windshield glass near the area connected to the hinges. If you notice cracking in the glass of the said area, then you likely have a hinge problem. Check your hinges because they could be coming loose. If they just need retightening, then you're in luck. However, if your hinges are already damaged, then you must have them changed right away. Neglecting to do so would leave your windshield to rattle as you drive, resulting in further windshield cracking and, in extreme cases, the shattering of the windshield altogether.
Bent hinge pin
Often times, your hinge pin can become damaged due to wear and tear or excessive folding of the windshield. When this happens, you're bound to encounter a number of problems. First of all, you'll find it more difficult to fold you windshield up and down when you hinge pin is damaged. Secondly, your windshield won't be securely fastened to your ride, causing creaking noises and damage to the windshield. And lastly, should the pin be severely damaged, then the hinge could come loose, with the windshield separating from its attachment to the hood.
When the hinge becomes too corroded, it could get stuck, preventing you from folding it up or down. In this case, soak the hinge with penetrating oil, heat it, and then repeat the process. If it's stuck pretty badly, then have it replaced entirely.