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My Car Side Window Has a Crack: What Do I Do?

My Car Side Window Has a Crack: What Do I Do?

If you have a cracked window, the odds are pretty good that you’ll be looking at getting some form of cracked window repair in the near future. 

Not to worry, a cracked car window is not the end of the world. This article will provide detailed steps on what to do if you need to replace your car’s side windows due to a crack.

First, What are the most common causes of cracks in a car’s side window?

  • Impact – Hitting a hard object, such as a rock or a tree branch, can cause a crack to form in the side window.
  • Thermal Stress – Sudden temperature changes, such as when a car is parked in direct sunlight, can cause the side window to crack.
  • Vibration – The constant vibration and stress caused by driving can lead to cracks developing in the side window over time.
  • Poor Quality Materials – If the side window is made of low-quality materials, it may be more susceptible to cracking.
  • Poor Installation – If the side window is not installed correctly, it may be more likely to crack due to stress and strain on the window.
  • Age – Over time, even high-quality side windows may develop cracks due to exposure to the elements and normal wear and tear.

Several factors can contribute to the development of cracks in a car’s side window. It is important to have any cracks or other damage repaired as soon as possible to maintain the safety and integrity of the vehicle.

Next, how to Identify a crack in your vehicle’s side window: 

  • Inspection – Visually inspect the entire surface of the side window, looking for any cracks, chips, or other signs of damage. Pay close attention to the edges of the window, as cracks often start at these points.
  • Light Test – Shine a flashlight on the side window and look for any refracted light that may indicate a crack. Move the flashlight around the window to inspect different areas.
  • Tap Test – Gently tap the side window with a fingernail or a small object, such as a pen. Listen for a change in sound that may indicate a crack.
  • Temperature Test – Check the side window for temperature changes that may indicate a crack. A crack can cause a section of the window to be colder or warmer than the surrounding area.

Suppose you find any cracks or other signs of damage on your side window. In that case, it is important to have it inspected and repaired as soon as possible to avoid further damage and maintain your vehicle’s safety.

Here are seven steps about what you should take once you have discovered that your vehicle has a cracked window: 

Step 1: Assess the crack in your windshield. Determine whether it is just a crack or if there are any other damages, such as chips or breaks in the glass. If so, you may need more than just replacing the side window – you may need to install an entirely new windshield.

Step 2: If you decide that all you need is to replace the side window, you’ll need to measure it up and find a replacement. Start by taking a few measurements of the crack with a tape measure or ruler. You’ll want to note the crack’s length, width, and depth. This will help you get an accurate estimate of how much material and glass you’ll need for your new side window.

Step 3: Once you have all your measurements, call around or search online for someone who can provide you with the necessary materials and instructions for replacing your car’s side window. Make sure they have experience in this area and are qualified to provide these services.

Step 4: Once you’ve found someone who can provide the necessary materials and instructions, it is time to start preparing your car for window repair or replacement. First, you’ll want to remove any remaining glass shards from the crack in the window – use a vacuum cleaner or compressed air to do this.

Step 5: Next, take some masking tape and cover up any areas around the crack that you don’t want to be exposed to while working on the window. This will help ensure that no dirt or debris gets into other parts of your vehicle while replacing the side window.

Step 6: Now, it’s time to start replacing the side window. All instructions for doing this should come with your new replacement window, but in general, you’ll need to carefully remove the old window and then fit the new one in its place.

Step 7: Once your new side window is securely in place, use a sealant or adhesive to keep it firmly attached. Make sure that it is sealed all around, as this will help avoid further damage from water or dirt getting into the crack.

Step 8: Finally, once everything has been properly sealed and fitted, take some time to inspect your work – making sure that there are no areas around the crack that are not adequately protected against moisture or dirt.

Replacing a cracked window can be done yourself with the right materials and instructions; however, if you feel like this is beyond your ability or comfort level, then it’s best to seek help from a qualified technician who can do the job for you.

That covers all the steps that you need to take when attempting to replace a crack in your car’s side window… almost. Following these steps will help ensure that your side window is secure and free of further damage. 

However, there is one step that may just be the most important one – hiring a professional. 

Having a professional technician perform the repair, as side windows are complex components that require specialized tools and expertise to repair properly.

Utah Mobile Auto Glass is ready to repair your cracked windshield using our knowledge and expertise. Contact us today to make an appointment and receive your free quote! We proudly serve Utah residents in Salt Lake City, West Jordan, Draper, and the surrounding areas.