Repairing cracks and dents on windshields is one of the most popular services provided by garages. Windshields tend to take a lot of damage due to their position and the fact that they are regularly hit by rocks and other objects thrown from under the wheels of other cars. They can also be scratched by tree branches and hail can sometimes cause chips and cracks. All this damage does not necessarily mean that you have to replace the entire glass. It can in some cases be repaired. We will therefore explain to you when it is possible to carry out a repair and what the driver must do in the event of an impact.
Any damage that affects the windshield must be repaired as soon as possible. There are several reasons for this:
the impacts are exposed to variations in vibration and temperature and can therefore grow, it is then no longer possible to repair a cracked windshield. The entire window will then have to be replaced.
You will not be able to pass the technical control if cracks are present, knowing that it is illegal to drive without this certification.
Visibility is degraded. Cracks, scuffs and scratches impair visibility and can distort perception and interfere with driving. All of this leads to a decrease in the driver’s vigilance and can be the cause of an accident. You also risk a fine if the damage is located on the driver’s side.
Can I drive with a cracked windshield
CAN I FIX A CRACKED WINDSHIELD MYSELF?
Although it is possible to find many cracked windshield repair kits on the market, it is not recommended to try to repair a windshield yourself if you do not have the skills. appropriate. It should be borne in mind that there are several conditions to be met to be sure that the repair remains invisible and that the initial solidity of the product is restored.
If you notice an impact, take your car to the garage. Automotive service specialists have the proper skills and all the equipment needed to properly repair a windshield. For example, to prevent a crack from extending into a windshield, holes must be drilled at its ends. You have to use a rotary tool for this. It is therefore very important to calculate your effort well so as not to aggravate the problem. In addition, as part of this work, you need a special tool, a scriber, which allows you to remove small fragments from the damaged area. After re-gluing the impact, it is usually necessary to grind the surface,
to prevent moisture and dirt from entering the crack, which can render the glass irreparable, protect the damaged area with masking tape, being very careful that the masking tape does not come in contact with the damaged part. To do this, use paper or cellophane as insulation.
don’t try to prevent a windshield crack from spreading with superglue or nail polish. It will do nothing and will only make the situation worse.
do not leave a car with a cracked windshield parked in the sun. With the increase in temperature in the passenger compartment, the pressure on the windshield will increase, which can lead to even greater damage.
if the impact is located in the driver’s field of vision, raise or lower the seat to improve visibility.
try to take your car to a garage as soon as possible. When driving to the garage, try to avoid poorly maintained roads and drive smoothly. Shock and vibration can cause additional cracks to propagate.
What should I do if impacts appear on the windshield
Your windshield will only be able to regain its original appearance if the repairs of the cracks are carried out by professionals. Moreover, the sooner you seek help from specialists, the more likely you are to get a quality result for the work. Thanks to our advice, you can go to a garage without risking aggravating the problem.