The windshield of a vehicle plays an important role in the structural integrity, fuel economy, and aerodynamics of the vehicle. When damaged, it is essential to quickly and correctly complete a windshield repair in order to maintain the performance of the car and the safety of the passengers. Understanding all of the necessary information regarding windshield repair can help car owners make informed decisions before doing any repairs.
First and foremost, it is vital to determine the extent of the damage before beginning a repair job. If the damage includes cracks or stars of the size one has to insert a quarter into the crack, it is best left to a skilled professional. Furthermore, if the crack or star affects the driver’s line of sight, only a professional should do the repair. The glue used for larger damages must have time to set and cure. Therefore, it is best to let a professional determine the severity of the damage by conducting a professional inspection.
Once it has been determined that a repair can be conducted, the best option is to replace the windshield. Windshield replacement or repair should always be done with OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) glass. Aftermarket glass may fit and look the same, but does not have the same chemical and safety properties as OEM glass. Once the correct glass is selected, the sealant between the glass and the car must be clean in order to minimize the chances of a leak. An alcohol-based cleaner will remove any contaminants on the molding before the installation.