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Your windshield may seem like an afterthought, but aside from enabling you to see the road clearly while protecting you from projectiles and the elements, the windshield is actually one of the most essential structural components of your vehicle, helping to support the frame of the automobile (in rollover accidents, the windshield can provide more than half of the structural integrity of the vehicle), keeping you and your passengers inside the automobile in case of accident, and supporting your airbags when they are deployed.
Windshield: When to Replace?
Your vehicle’s windshield should be replaced any time the safety of you and your passengers is compromised.
If there is a crack or a chip in your windshield that is less than six inches wide and long, it may be a candidate for auto glass repair.
On the other hand, there are several conditions where repair is not advisable or not possible:
If your windshield is chipped or cracked directly in the driver’s line of sight, there are no two ways about it – this is a safety hazard, and your windshield should be replaced right away.
If the crack or chip is located along the edge of the glass panel, where the windshield meets the body of the vehicle, it won’t be possible to repair effectively, prevent spreading, or to ensure the structural integrity of the vehicle and water-tight seal, and the windshield should be replaced.
If the chip or crack is obscuring a camera or sensor that is part of your vehicle’s visual or navigation system, this situation will generally prevent the proper functioning of the device and will necessitate that the windshield be replaced.
Are Windshield Cracks Dangerous?
Automotive windshield glass is sometimes referred to as “safety glass”. What this means is that the windshield is actually composed of two panels of glass with a thin layer of vinyl between them. This configuration helps to make the windshield sturdier, and helps to prevent the glass from “shattering” – instead, the glass typically tends to break “in place” and adhere to the panel such that the structure of the windshield stays more or less intact when broken.
However, if the glass has been compromised or weakened by a significant crack or chip, it may not provide the same level of protection in case of breakage, and is likely not to provide the same level of structural support to the vehicle in case of an accident – especially a more severe rollover accident.
Thus, even a small crack in your windshield that doesn’t look like a big deal does mean that your vehicle’s structural integrity is weakened, and operating your vehicle is less safe in this condition.
If your windshield is cracked, you should consult with an auto glass professional immediately, before the crack spreads, to determine whether or not it can or should be repaired, and keep you and your family safe on the road.
Will a Windshield Chip Spread?
A chip in your windshield can often be repaired if it’s no larger than a quarter. A chip in your windshield can rapidly spread into a long crack that can’t be repaired, and should never be ignored. Every day on the road without repairing a chip is taking a chance that it may crack. A larger chip may be a threat to your car’s structure and a substantial safety hazard that cannot be repaired.
If your windshield is chipped, you should assume that it will spread if not corrected. How quickly this happens will depend on a variety of factors.
Water and Moisture: If it rains or you wash your car, the water can enter your windshield through a chip or crack and stay there. This can weaken the entire windshield and make your vehicle less safe in case of an accident. It can also lead to an expansion of the chip or crack.
Dirt and Grime: Similarly, dirt can enter a chip or crack and weaken the structure of the windshield. It can also combine with moisture, and expand in hot weather, making matters even worse.
Temperature and Sun: One of the things many people seem to love about San Diego is the sunny weather, but it can take its toll on a cracked or chipped windshield. The hotter your windshield gets, the more likely a chip or crack will increase in size, and more quickly. This effect can be an even bigger problem when it gets hot enough to roll up the windows and turn on the air conditioning in the automobile – because the windshield is actually composed of two layers of glass stuck together, as the sun bakes the outside layer of glass, and the air conditioning cools the inner layer, the temperature difference can cause structural stress to the windshield, which is no problem with an intact panel. However, if your windshield is chipped or cracked, you guessed it – the pressure caused by this temperature differential can result in the chip or crack getting bigger, faster.
Body Torsion and Structural Stress: Normal, everyday events that happen when driving a car that are no problem for an uncompromised windshield can turn a crack or chip into something much bigger. Unfortunately, this is hard to predict and even harder to prevent, but anything from driving over a speed bump, to closing the car door forcefully, to a sharp turn or sudden brake application, can put stress on the body of the vehicle, which twists or reverberates into the windshield, and can make a chip crack or a crack spread.
Windshield Replacement Near Me
Our San Diego windshield replacement units can be dispatched to anywhere in San Diego county. Just give us a call or complete our convenient form and our professional windshield replacement technicians will replace your windshield affordably at whatever location is most convenient for you, with the highest standards of safety, reliability and professionalism. You’ll be back on the road in 2-3 hours or less.