Ford/Lincoln Glass Replacement Requirements

Ford has specific requirements for vehicles equipped with forward facing cameras.
Ford has specific requirements for vehicles equipped with forward facing cameras.

The role of the windshield is a lot more complex than simply allowing a view of the road ahead. It is considered a structural part of the vehicle as it contributes to the strength of the roof and A-pillars. The windshield helps to manage collision energy and has become an integral part of several advanced safety systems.

It is commonly asked, "What is required when replacing a windshield?" With this question in mind, we will be presenting a series of articles that highlight some of the requirements from the various OEMs. As always, it is important to read through each vehicle-specific procedure to ensure a complete, safe, and quality repair.

Let’s see what Ford/Lincoln has to say for the 2016-2019 model years.

  • Apply BETASEAL 43538 or equivalent body primer to damaged clearcoat areas that did not expose bare metal. Ford/Lincoln identifies BEATSEAL 43538 or equivalent primer.
  • Ford/Lincoln specifies Motorcraft Ultra-Clear Spray Glass Cleaner / ZC-23 (ESR-M14P5-A) to clean the inside of the new fixed glass.
  • Apply either of the following to the new fixed glass
    • Dow Urethane One Step Glass Primer / BETAPRIME 5500/5500a/5500SA
    • Sika Urethane Metal and Glass Primer / Sike 206 G+P
  • Ford/Lincoln specifies BETASEAL Express Dow Urethane Adhesive and Skia Tack ASAP Urethane Adhesive.

As a special caution from Ford, "NOTE: If any of the following conditions exist, the fixed glass must be discarded. A new fixed glass is required.

  • The fixed glass is the windshield glass and equipped with a camera bracket.
  • The fixed glass is the windshield glass and is equipped with adhesive moldings.
  • The fixed glass is the windshield and equipped with Advanced Head Up Display (AHUD).
  • The fixed glass is RIM encapsulated

Ford/Lincoln does not approve the use of aftermarket windshield or side replacement glass. Stating non-OEM windshields may not have camera brackets in the proper location or may contain distortions that adversely affect the camera. This can result in key advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) features not functioning properly.

Ford/Lincoln also states that the use of non-OEM glass may also cause poor quality or secondary head up display (HUD) images, and increased road and wind noise.

If equipped with head-up display or a camera bracket, the replacement windshield must have locating pins and spacers to ensure proper alignment. With head-up display, the windshield must be installed with specific gaps to the A-pillar and roof. These specifications can be found in the Ford/Lincoln workshop manuals.

If equipped with a forward-facing camera, it will need to be calibrated.

To access vehicle-specific Ford/Lincoln windshield removal and installation procedures go to:

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