Kia Glass Replacement Requirements

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 Kia has to say for the 2016-2022 model years.

  • Kia does not identify a specific brand of glass primers and adhesives
  • It is important to stay within the same product line for the primer and adhesive.
  • Refer to the product maker’s directions for curing time and do not use adhesive after its expiration date.
  • It is advised to avoid aggressive driving or driving on rough roads for 2-3 days after installing the windshield glass.
  • Head-up display unit will need to be calibrated if there is distortion after a windshield replacement.

As a special caution, vehicles equipped with a forward-facing camera will need to have the camera calibrated.

For additional Kia information, check out the Kia OEM Information page.

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