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Two Tips For Addressing A Cracked Windshield

Posted by on Jul 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Two Tips For Addressing A Cracked Windshield

Damage to a car’s windshield can be a serious problem that many drivers have little experience addressing. Sadly, this can cause them to make some simple mistakes that can expose the windshield to the risk of suffering further damage. To help you avoid these issues, you should consider following these two windshield repair tips.  Avoid Delays In Repairing Scratches It can be a common mistake for drivers to fail to have their damaged windshield repaired by a  professional in a timely manner. Unfortunately, cracks, chips, and scratches can grow inside if they are not repaired quickly. This stems from the fact that moisture will seep into the interior of the glass through these opening. When this occurs, the moisture will put tremendous pressure on the interior of the glass, which can cause the crack to grow in size. If you make the mistake of neglecting to have this damage repaired, it is possible for the crack to become too severe to repair. In these instances, replacing the entire windshield will be the only option for permanently addressing the problem. Considering the sizable cost difference between repairing a windshield and replacing one, having these damages repaired as soon as possible can be more than worth the inconvenience. Wait To Wash Your Car After you have had your car’s windshield repaired, it is important for you to wait at least a day before you wash the vehicle. This is necessary because the resin that is used to seal the cracks will need time in order to bond to the glass. If you wash the vehicle before this bonding process has completed, the resin may fall out of the glass. The exact amount of time that you should wait to wash the car will vary based on the amount and type of resin used by the repair technician. However, these professionals will provide you with care instructions that you should follow after the damage has been repaired. Having a cracked windshield repaired (by professionals such as those from FB Glass) is an important repair that many drivers will make the critical mistake of neglecting. A neglected windshield crack can grow in size until it has structurally compromised the glass. By appreciating the need to have this type of damage repaired as soon as possible and the need to avoid washing the car for a little while following this repair, you will be better able to ensure that your experience with having a cracked windshield goes as smoothly as possible....

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3 Things To Remember Right After Your Windshield Is Replaced

Posted by on Dec 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Things To Remember Right After Your Windshield Is Replaced

Getting the windshield replaced on your car is a fairly routine repair, but is one that you should still take seriously. After your new windshield is in place, there are certain things that you still need to be careful of for a certain amount of time. This simply ensures your safety, as well as the security of the new windshield. This article will discuss 3 things to remember right after your windshield is replaced.  Different Windshields Take Different Amounts Of Time To Fully Adhere To Your Window  Because different windshield adhesives take different amounts of time to safely secure themselves fully to your window, it is important to plan accordingly. For example, if your windshield is ready within an hour, you can likely just wait at the repair location until the window is completed. However, if your windshield is going to take 24 hours to completely seal to your car, then you will likely want to plan for someone to pick you up from the repair location and drive you back there the following day.  Wait 24 Hours To Wash Your Car It is recommended that you wait at least 24 hours before washing your car after you have had your windshield replaced. This is due to the fact that the pressure of the car wash can cause damage to the seal or the moldings around your window, making it so that it will not cure properly. Also it is recommended by some windshield replacement locations that you keep your windows open when your windshield is first put in place to stop cabin pressure from effecting the seal. This makes washing the car a bad idea because you would have to close all of your windows. Since this is an expensive risk to take, it is in your best interest to simply hold off on washing your car until it is safe.  Avoid Slamming Your Car Doors It may be a common thing for you to slam your car doors when you get out of the car, but you need to avoid doing this for at least 24 hours after your new windshield has been installed. The reason for this being that the slamming of the doors may unexpectedly jar your new windshield, causing the adhesives to not seal or seal improperly. This is a simple task to complete, but one that can easily be forgotten so try to remind yourself by writing notes in your...

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How A Weird Broken Windshield Ticket Story May Apply To You

Posted by on Nov 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How A Weird Broken Windshield Ticket Story May Apply To You

Weird lawsuits and tickets occur throughout the nation every day and each can be used as a warning story. One story that recently made the rounds was that of a Colorado man being ticketed for a broken windshield in the parking lot of a repair shop. What can this story (and its aftermath) teach you? The Story A man in Adams County, Colorado had a cracked windshield and was actually heading directly to a windshield repair shop to get it fixed. However, a deputy for the county police noticed the crack while the man was still on the road, driving. The deputy pulled the driver over in the parking lot of the actual repair shop that the driver was heading to. The officer then gave the driver a ticket, despite the fact that he was literally on his way to have the windshield repaired. This story caught on the national news and provoked a lot of negative attention. The Reaction After being pressured to discuss the situation for more than two weeks, the county sheriff addressed the problem by saying that the officer behaved properly. He stressed the fact that the ticketing was done to protect the driver: broken windshields may crack and the driver could have been showered with glass. The Legal Concept The laws defining broken windshields and what constitutes one is mostly decided by the state. For example, Florida law states that a windshield needs repair if a dollar bill won’t cover the damage, if there are more than three chips, and if the chip is in the line of sight of the driver or at the edge of the windshield. Colorado has no special provisions on windshield and windshield repairs. As a result, the decision to issue a ticket for one is largely at the discretion of the officer. This means that the ticket would probably be difficult for the man to dispute. The Lesson This story can serve as a reminder that chipped or broken windshields shouldn’t be ignored and must be repaired quickly. Driving with a cracked windshield is not only dangerous but can be a traffic offense that can end up costing you the price of a ticket as well as a repair bill for the windshield. If your car windshield has developed even small cracks or chips, you should take it to a windshield repair expert immediately. They will help keep this small issue from becoming a costly problem. For quick service, contact the professionals at All Auto...

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What Is Going On With The Inside Of Your Car’s Windshield?

Posted by on Nov 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Is Going On With The Inside Of Your Car’s Windshield?

If you have owned a car for a while, you have probably encountered that layer of odd film on the inside of your front windshield. It’s as if your car windows have started to fog up slightly on sunny days, making the glare through the windshield unbearable. What’s worse is that when you wipe off the film, it seems to come back quite quickly. The film is actually composed of relatively simple things, and there are a few ways to prevent the film from forming quite as fast. Your Car Is the Culprit That film is composed of particles that have been off-gassed from your car, including cleaners used inside the car on places like the dashboard. Add in environmental factors in the car like cigarette smoke and dust, as well as heat, and you have a soup of particles floating in the air in your car. This soup eventually clings to the inside of your windshield and starts to dull the visibility through the glass. Cleaning It Off Use either a combination of mild dish soap and water or vinegar and water — just plain white distilled vinegar from the supermarket — to thoroughly clean off the film. You can use glass cleaners, too, but sometimes the spray from these can land on parts of the glass you already cleaned, leading to faster regrowth of the film. Be sure to dry the windshield thoroughly with clean rags after washing the inside. Preventing It It may be difficult to fully prevent the film from re-forming, but you can try the following to slow it down: Stop smoking in the car, if you smoke. Park in the shade. Sun and heat seem to spur film growth. Using a sun shade helps as well. Cover your dashboard. Particles from any cleaners you use won’t be able to float up and join that airborne particle soup. Regularly clean the inside of the windshield instead of letting it sit. That will remove lighter buildups and prevent much of the blinding glare that occurs when sunlight hits the film. If you want more tips for taking care of your car’s window glass, contact an auto repair company that specializes in windshield repair. They know all the ins and outs of auto glass and will be able to help you pinpoint the real cause of the film. They’ll also help you determine the best way to clean the windshield to reduce film formation and spread. For more information, contact X-Treme Auto Glass or a similar...

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3 Small Car Fixes That Should Not Be Put Off

Posted by on Nov 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Small Car Fixes That Should Not Be Put Off

Keeping a car in good condition may seem like a hassle to some drivers. Cars require regular maintenance as well as small and big repairs in order to stay road ready for years. While things like oil changes and engine repairs are something that most drivers do in a timely manner, small repairs are often low on the to-do list. Small problems, such as chips and cracks in the windshield, low tire pressure, and aging windshield wipers, can actually become big problems if they are not fixed within a certain amount of time. The Windshield Car windshields can take a lot of punishment. Car windshields are made up of two different types of glass, laminated and tempered. This combination creates a very strong type of glass that is less likely to shatter. However, windshields do often get cracks and chips when hit with debris from the road. Many drivers are tempted to put off fixing small cracks and chips, but this can be a big mistake. Failure to make repairs can lead to total windshield failure. Repairing small cracks and chips is very easy. There are even mobile windshield repair companies that can repair a windshield in no time at all. Windshields that have chips that are bigger than 2 inches across and cracks that are longer than a few inches must be replaced. In this case it is very important to find a company that does reliable auto glass replacement. These windshields should be replaced as soon as possible. For more information, contact Glass On Wheels or a similar company. Under-inflated Tires Keeping tires inflated to the right pressure is a very important part of car maintenance that is overlooked by many drivers. Under-inflated tires are especially dangerous and can lead to blow outs on the road. Drivers should look in their car’s owners manual in order to determine the correct tire pressure for their car. Pressure gauges can then be used to check the air pressure of the tires and help determine whether more air is needed. Under-inflation may also be a sign that the tires need to be replaced or repaired. Windshield Wipers Many drivers give windshield wipers little thought if it’s not raining. The rubber in windshield wiper blades eventually dries or wears out, leaving streaks whenever the wipers are used. This can be hazardous since it decreases the driver’s line of sight. Windshield wipers are a small car fix that can be done by car owners. Replacements can be found at most auto...

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How To Keep Your Windshield In Good Repair This Winter

Posted by on Oct 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Keep Your Windshield In Good Repair This Winter

With winter on its way it is time to make sure your front windshield is in good condition. Ice, snow, and fog can already impede visibility, so you don’t need a scratched windshield adding to the problem. Also, don’t forget that winter temperature changes can be hard on glass, especially if there is already damage. The following checklist should help you get your windshield ready for the changing season. #1: Check for Dings Small dings and cracks in your windshield may not seem like a big deal right now, but they may become a major problem later. Moisture works its way into these dings, where it can then freeze and expand. This causes larger cracks, which compromise the integrity of the windshield. Often, these small cracks or dings can be repaired by a mobile windshield repair tech. They inject a special resin into the ding, which seals the damage and makes it invisible. Doing this in fall can save you from having windshield replacement this winter. #2: Inspect the Edges Small cracks and dings sometimes hide around the edges of your windshield, especially if your windshield has a deep dash or tinted edges. Unfortunately, cracks near the edge of your windshield compromise its integrity, making further damage assured. The best option is to get the window replaced now, so you don’t scrape off the ice one morning to find your vision blocked by a major crack. #3: Wash Your Wipers Many cities salt or sand the roads to provide traction when conditions get icy. This leaves a residue on your windshield. Each time you run the wipers, they will drag this residue across the windshield, where it will eventually lead to etching and a permanently cloudy appearance. The fix is simple – wipe your wipers with a clean cloth to remove the residue, and then only run the wipers on a wet window. This means spraying wiper fluid onto the windshield if the window isn’t sufficiently wet from snow or rain. Also, replace your wipers if the edges look even slightly ragged. This ensures they perform well without causing scratches. #4: Defrost Correctly Your final task is to use defrost safely this winter. When warming up your car in the morning, run the defrost on the lowest setting until the car has warmed up. Blasting warm air on a frozen window can cause the glass to expand and contract unevenly, resulting in a crack. Use the longer warm-up time to ensure your windows, headlights, and taillights are swept free of ice and...

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