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Jul 11, 2016

How To Fix A Cracked Windshield

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Cracked windshields are certainly not uncommon. What started out as a small fracture can turn into a network of cracks. Or, even a crack that stays small can be distracting and disrupt your visibility. With any windshield cracks, it’s best to avoid them growing larger as this can result to more damage, and a more costly repair. Here are a few things that can be done to fix a cracked windshield:

Fixing A Cracked Windshield

  • Chip or crack?

    A windshield chip can be startling when you’re behind the wheel. You may not even see what’s coming at you, but you’ll certainly hear it and see the result! Before panicking, take a close look at the mark, perhaps even with a magnifying glass, and try to determine whether it’s a chip or a crack.

    A chip can be easily sorted by injected a filler into it, which is much easier and far less costly than replacing your whole windshield! Even if it is just a chip, you should get it repaired as soon as possible to avoid moisture getting into it and creating more damage.

  • Windshield repair kits

    You can find DIY windshield repair kits in the auto repair section of many stores such as Canadian Tire and Walmart. Efficacy depends on the severity of the crack, and the quality of the repair kit.

  • Repairs

    If the crack is small, and not too complex, it can be repaired. Usually this requires an injection of clear, curable resin to restore the glass. A windshield crack replacement doesn’t take long, about 30 to 40 minutes.

  • Replacement windshield

    If the cracks are really bad, you may find yourself having to replace your whole windshield. There are several factors mechanics take into consideration when it comes to deciding whether to repair or replace your windshield, including: size, type, depth, and location of the damage. New technology is making it easier to repair even larger cracks.

    However, some types of cracks cannot be repaired, including:

    • Inside of a windshield
    • Damage on both sides of glass
    • Cracks directly in driver’s critical viewing area
    • Edge cracks
    • Complex multiple cracks
    • Damage over the rain sensor

Your windshield is, obviously, a hugely important part of your car. Having perfect visibility is necessary for your safety, and the safety of everyone else on the road. As soon as you notice a chip or crack in your windshield, you should get it fixed, whether you can do it yourself, or you have to take it in.

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