It’s bound to happen at some point in your vehicle’s life: You’re driving down the highway and a stone thrown by another vehicle somehow hits your windshield, putting a small crack in it. Left unfixed, that small crack will likely spread, requiring a full windshield replacement. Even if it doesn’t spread, it can be anywhere from distracting to obstructing your view of the road and your surroundings. In any case, it needs to be fixed.
In this day and age, windshields are not what they used to be — just slabs of glass. Today, they’re engineering marvels, accommodating sensors and other electrical components to handle multiple automotive functions involving forward collision warning systems, wipers, rearview mirrors and more. In fact, we describe the amount of engineering that goes into today’s windshields as dramatic and only set to increase over time. And that’s why it’s important to use Mopar® Replacement Glass for your FCA US vehicle.
Mopar, as you know, is the only original equipment (O.E.) or replacement authorized by FCA US LLC for Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram and FIAT® Brand vehicles. So with windshields, it’s not just similar to the glass originally installed at the factory; it is the same thing. And while aftermarket windshields may meet Department of Transportation (DOT) standards — and some aftermarket products are better than others — there’s really no O.E. equivalent in the aftermarket.
Here’s What to Look for in a Windshield for an FCA US Vehicle:
- The corner of every windshield has some identifying DOT information — usually a combination of a logo or two and a series of numbers. Look for the Mopar® brand mark to know you have an O.E. grade windshield.
- Some FCA US vehicle windshields are branded with a small icon of a vehicle and/or unique branding — the vehicle for which the glass is intended. Vehicles with this unique branding element include Chrysler Pacifica, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Journey, Jeep® Renegade, Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Compass and Ram 1500.
- Owners of Jeep Wrangler JK (2007-2018) can purchase a Mopar Windshield Made with Corning Gorilla Glass, which is able to withstand significantly higher forces of impact over Mopar conventional glass and includes a two-year limited warranty.*
*Mopar Windshield Made with Corning Gorilla Glass has a 2-year limited (from date of install), unlimited-mile warranty, which provides for labor and parts needed to repair or replace your windshield under certain conditions. See your local FCA US dealer for details.