When is a windshield replacement necessary?
Some rock chips and cracks can be repaired without having to replace the entire windshield. When cracks are bigger than three inches, and the chips bigger than a half-inch, then a windshield replacement is necessary. Chips are easier to repair when the damage has just occurred. Once water and debris start finding their way into the chip, it becomes harder to seal and repair them.
If the cracks splinter to the edge of the windshield, replacement is also needed, due to their tendency to spread. If these damages occur in the driver’s line of vision, the windshield should be replaced. Repairs don’t often cure clearly, leaving a spot or outline on the area which could obstruct the driver’s vision. Additionally, old windshields that are pitted or hazed should also be replaced.
How does a windshield replacement work?
After choosing the proper company or auto shop, the technician should walk the client through the process of the repair. Including the removement, replacing and installing of the new windshield. Then, the technician must proceed to completely remove the damaged windshield.
Using primers and adhesives, the technician must install the new windshield. Doing the steps wrong, or skipping the use of primer will result in a flawed installment and a weak windshield. The technician should wear gloves at all times since the grease in their hands can keep the adhesive from working correctly. Then, the windows must be cleaned and any glass that fell on the inside of the vehicle must be vacuumed.
Finally, the technician will tell the client about the sitting time of the car. Once the job is finished, it is important to check for signs that it was completed correctly. The molding must be straight and there must not be any visible adhesive inside the car. It should be clean; any sign of dirt or debris might imply a sloppy workmanship.
How to prevent an incorrect windshield replacement.
When looking for a company or technician to perform the windshield replacement, there are certain things that must be noted. Asking the different shops certain questions will help determine whether or not they are qualified to do the job. One of those questions is if they use original equipment glass. Original manufacturer’s glass tends to be of higher quality and fit better.
Another question that should be asked is how long would the vehicle be sitting. Usually, it should sit for at least an hour before being driven somewhere, and it can go up to 12 hours. If the answer is anything shorter than that, the shop or technician should not be entrusted with the windshield replacement.
Care for a newly replaced windshield.
Taking good care of a newly replaced windshield is the best way to maintain the investment. Keeping it in good condition ensures it lasts longer and prevents another windshield replacement any time soon. The first few hours and days after the replacement are the most critical. The windshield must be taken care of and protected, following these tips.
Finally, it is important to try not to put any stress on the newly installed windshield. Closing the doors gently instead of slamming them and avoiding roads in bad conditions, make a difference. Keeping a safe distance from other cars while driving can prevent getting rock chips and cracks. These simple actions help with the maintenance and prevent the need for a new windshield replacement.