A cracked windshield can be more than a nuisance as it can happen due to many reasons. However, fixing a it could be relatively easy and inexpensive.
Your windshield can be damaged by debris from the road, changes in temperature, extreme weather conditions, but regardless of the cause even a small scratch, if left unchecked can become a large crack. If you act in a timely matter, a cracked windshield might affect your and the safety of other passengers and eventually cost your extra money on repairs.
Here’s what you need to know about fixing a cracked windshield on your own, without having to pay extra money or worry about insurance.
Start With Examining the Problem
When you notice there’s a problem with your windshield, it’s best you get home as soon as you can and examine the problem carefully.
If it’s a relatively small chip or a crack (usually smaller than 5 or 6 inches) it can be repaired rather quickly. Keep in mind that even a small chip can grow into a larger crack due to weather conditions, car vibration, and water.
Tip: Repairs should be made as quickly as possible, as you will not be able to fix larger cracks.
Clean Your Windshield First
Before you actually do any repairs, you should clean your windshield from water, dust and any dirt that might have accumulated on it. Wait until the windshield is completely dry. Avoid using cleaning chemicals, as they can cause damage to your windshield.
You can use a glass cleaner, however, and you will also need to remove any remaining debris in or around the chipped glass.
Use a Windshield Repair Kit
One of the best and most effective ways for repairing your windshield is by using a special windshield repair kit. Most kits will work only on smaller chips, but they are ideal for preventing further damage.
After you’ve cleaned your windshield and made sure it’s dry, use the repair kit to fill in the chip by injecting adhesive. You can buy repairs kits on Amazon or at a local automobile parts shop, or even major retail stores.
Go to An Auto Repair Shop
Unfortunately, some windshield cracks cannot be fixed on your own. If you have been in an auto accident, for example, or have the crack is larger than 5 inches, it’s best you leave it to professionals.
But it’s still not a time to panic, as your windshield doesn’t necessarily need to be replaced altogether. If you live in one of the cities where windshields get cracked often, we recommend you visit a car repair shop in that area.
Check If Your Insurance Covers the Repairs
Car insurance does not necessarily cover cracked or chipped windshields. Unless your windshield has been damaged in a car crash, chances are that your insurance may not cover it. Full coverage might work, but in most other cases there is a real possibility that you will have to bear the cost of repairs. Be sure to check the type of car insurance you have, as well as your coverage.
So Sassy Peeps, what is your experience with a cracked windshield? Inquiring minds want to know!!
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