A little over a week ago on a Saturday I noticed a rock chip at the base of my windshield near where the driver side wiper sits. Because no glass shops were able to fit me in that day, I scheduled an appointment for two days later (Monday). Sunday came and temps were in the 90s, and the windshield cracked about a 3 foot crack up and towards the passenger side.
Fast forward to today...just had my windshield replaced. My insurance company approved replacement with an OEM Mazda windshield since my car is less than a year old. The cost was about double what a Pilkington brand windshield would have been, but I was nervous about having issues with the myriad of sensors include in the tech package. Wanted to be sure the new part fit first time perfect.
The owner of the glass shop (Novus) that replaced my windshield let me into the shop to observe and take some pics. I thought I'd share with other owners of cars equipped with these sensors. I was curious what it all looked like. The sensors simply clip into a bracket that comes bonded to the windshield. Pretty easy swap all things considered.
So far, my lane departure warning appears to work properly. I'd been told that my rain sensor my need to be calibrated by the dealer (a $75 charge that insurance will cover) but the installer was doubtful it was needed. Maybe I'll try it out with a spray bottle if it doesn't rain in the next few days.
First, the damage. You can see the small chip just above the black band area and the crack that spread from it. This is after the windshield had been removed obviously.
Next, here is the old windshield with the sensors still installed. From bottom to top, I THINK the sensors are the rain sensor (small black plastic sensor), the front mounted camera for lane departure (labeled both Mazda and Continental interestingly...must be supplied by continental), and lastly at the top is the front mounted laser (LIDAR)...it's labeled "short range LIDAR" on the sensor.
The new windshield before the sensors are installed.
The new windshield with all sensors moved over.
The old windshield with the sensors removed.
The new (foreground) and old (background) during sensor transfer.
The patient during surgery. I gotta admit I was nervous about this whole procedure but the installer did a great job.
The new windshield in place at home.
Label on the new windshield.
It also included a small sticker that said "Made in Japan. Please do not remove. This sticker must remain in place for the automobile owner to see and remove." I did so.
Hope this helps someone in the future!