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post #1 of 27 Old 07-15-2015, 01:09 PM Thread Starter
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Windshield Repair - LDW and FCW Re-calibration required?

Just wondering...my 2013 Accord Coupe EX-L V6 needs to get the windshield replaced...a minor chip which turned into a crack .

The glass shop mentioned they were not sure if the FCW and LDW systems would need to be re calibrated after the new windshield was installed. Is this actually a thing that needs to be done by Honda after the windshield is replaced?

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Just wondering...my 2013 Accord Coupe EX-L V6 needs to get the windshield replaced...a minor chip which turned into a crack .

The glass shop mentioned they were not sure if the FCW and LDW systems would need to be re calibrated after the new windshield was installed. Is this actually a thing that needs to be done by Honda after the windshield is replaced?

Any insight would be great!
This is just hypothesis but if the camera for the FCW/LDW is not placed exactly where it should be on the windshield, there might be some tweaking necessary.

Now as I write this maybe the camera is attached to the mirror stalk which may also be "glued" to the windshield. Never took the surround off the camera in my car so can't rightly say.


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Search this forum, I believe someone has posted some issue with their camera.
I believe they replaced their windshield with an aftermarket and could not get camera adjusted correctly. So, looks like in any case you might need to calibrate after windshield replacement.
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FYI - Honda requires that only OEM replacements be used when replacing the windshield with regards to the fun safety gizmos... See below. I tried to find the actual memo from Honda on this forum (it is here somewhere), but, the below is a cut and paste from it...


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I had my windshield replaced a couple of months ago after having a minor $5,000 accident with a curb at 30 MPH. The Honda dealer's body shop broke my original windshield while removing it from the car to straighten the roof around the moon roof. They replaced it with an after market replacement windshild and calibrateed the Lane Departure and Forward Collision warning camera. The system did NOT work correctly. It had an aiming issue. The Lane Departure warning would activate too early while drifting to the right side of the lane and would not activate at all to the left until crossing the lane markings. It took a firm but polite letter to the dealer's general manager, attaching the service letter, to get their own body shop to replace the after market windshild with a genuine Honda OEM windshild. After re-calibrating the system it now works correctly. BTW my insurance company paid for the OEM windshild after I sent them a copy of the service letter because they didn't want the liability of the system not working correctly with the aftermarket replacement version. I assume the Honda Dealer's body shop trashed the after market windshield.

Don't replace the windshild with an after market one even though they might look alike and fit exactly. There is a difference.

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I just talked to my local Honda Dealer, they mentioned 'no calibration needed!' ...hmmm...From the sounds of it, no calibration needed just as long as it is a certified OEM Honda windshield (which my insurance company mentioned the dealer should supply) I should double check with the glass shop.

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I assume the Honda Dealer's body shop trashed the after market windshield.
Not a chance. For every customer that is meticulous about their cars, there's 20 that don't care. They'll reinstall it in another vehicle and the customer probably won't even notice the issue.

This is another argument in favor of cars having way too much tech today. I have the LDW turned off completely and the FCW set to its least sensitive setting.
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Had the same thing happen recently--damn trucks throwing up stones!

I'll see what happens when Safelite swaps mine out with new Honda OEM glass this week or next.

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Not a chance. For every customer that is meticulous about their cars, there's 20 that don't care. They'll reinstall it in another vehicle and the customer probably won't even notice the issue.

This is another argument in favor of cars having way too much tech today. I have the LDW turned off completely and the FCW set to its least sensitive setting.
Of course that's assuming they didn't break it when they removed it.

Everyone has an opinion about the direction of technology in cars. I find both systems useful and should operate correctly even if they are disabled. As we head towards autonomous driving cars more camera based systems are in the works and body shops will have to make sure that they only replace windshields with OEM ones.
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I took the Self Studies on the LDW and FCW. It said it would need to be re-calibrated if the Windshield or Front Mounted Camera Is Replaced.
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Maybe a bit of good news here. I went to my local AAA website and did the online quote for a new windshield. After I entered all of my information, it listed 5 windshield options, with 1 of them saying that it supports the collision warning and lanewatch functions. The price was about $500, which ain't cheap, but that's got to be less than Honda Glass.

I'm not going to change my windshield at this point, as I have only minor chips, but since mine is a lease, I think I do have to replace with Genuine Honda glass as part of my lease agreement.

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Not a chance. For every customer that is meticulous about their cars, there's 20 that don't care. They'll reinstall it in another vehicle and the customer probably won't even notice the issue.

This is another argument in favor of cars having way too much tech today. I have the LDW turned off completely and the FCW set to its least sensitive setting.
Completely agree.

I recalibrated mine with a piece of tape over the camera.

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Maybe a bit of good news here. I went to my local AAA website and did the online quote for a new windshield. After I entered all of my information, it listed 5 windshield options, with 1 of them saying that it supports the collision warning and lanewatch functions. The price was about $500, which ain't cheap, but that's got to be less than Honda Glass.

I'm not going to change my windshield at this point, as I have only minor chips, but since mine is a lease, I think I do have to replace with Genuine Honda glass as part of my lease agreement.
The Honda dealer replaced the one they broke while removing it from the car with an aftermarket one that was supposed to be compatible with Lane Departure Warning and the system could not be properly aimed after being calibrated. Only the OEM Honda windshield works correctly. Just a result of experience.

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Completely agree.

I recalibrated mine with a piece of tape over the camera.
If you disable it you won't have to replace the tape.


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