Imagine you’re driving on a warm, sunny day. The traffic doesn’t seem to be too bad, but just as you’re driving, an unknown projectile suddenly hits the front of your car. As you take a few moments to collect yourself, you notice a crack on your windshield. Now you think of all the irritating and time-consuming consequences of a cracked windshield. You’ll have to get the windshield replaced, separating you from your car for a few days.
However, there’s another alternative. Although a cracked windshield is frustrating and can happen suddenly out of nowhere, there are plenty of quick fixes you can try until you’re ready to see an auto glass repair technician.
Identify the Damage
If you have a cracked or chipped windshield, it’s essential to properly examine the affected area. It can help you pinpoint its severity and plan for the next steps are to take.
If it’s just a chipped windshield, you might think you could work around it by adjusting your seat, and it wasn’t a big issue. However, this would be a hazardous approach.
A small chip could spread throughout the windshield very quickly. Therefore, it’s essential to deal with the damage. Before doing anything else, it’s essential to clean the entire windshield with paper towels and auto glass cleaner. After that, there are a few approaches you can take to stop the windshield crack from spreading.
How To Protect Your Windshield
- Use superglue
Apply superglue on the crack. Let it dry, and then to stop dirt from entering the crack, apply transparent packing tape. You can also use nail polish for this technique.
It’s vital to keep substances like dirt and water out of the crack as if this happens; there would be no way to get them out, you’ll have to get the whole windshield replaced.
If the crack is substantial, this would be only a temporary solution, and you’d have to get to an auto glass repair shop to fix the damage.
Use a windshield repair kit
Windshield repair kits are widely available at hardware and retail stores. While repair kits differ from product to product, the basic principle remains the same.
In the drill kit, there will be a resin that you will have to insert into the glass to close it. Closing the crack will also, in turn, decline the amount of stress on the windshield and prevent further cracks.
However, if used incorrectly and uncarefully, a windshield repair kit could cost you a replacement as opposed to a chip repair service. It’s better to see an auto glass repair technician.
Avoid windshield exposure to high temperatures
The situations in which glass enlarges the most is at higher temperatures and diminishes the most at colder temperatures. Avoid hot-weather is extremely useful at preventing the crack on your windshield from spreading. Park your car in a shaded area to protect its windshield until you can repair or replace it.
Although these options will reduce the cracks in your windshield from spreading and from smaller cracks, be all that is necessary, cracks that are longer and more serious need to be examined and taken care of by professionals.
While this could be costly, it’s a more long-term solution to the problem and beneficial for the driver and passengers’ safety. If you’d like to have your windshield repaired or replaced by trusted professionals, get in touch with us at 310-GLAS.
At Crystal Glass, we provide high-quality auto glass services in Edmonton and are trained to deal with all types of windshield cracks.