Cars have advanced in technology over the years. That means that repairs have become more complicated and costly. We have to educate ourselves on what we need to repair or maintain, especially when working with new cars. By “new,” we mean cars that have been made after 2015. It is highly likely that if you purchased a car after this year, then your insurance may have become more complicated.
Due to new regulations, cars made after 2014 must be fitted with rear-view cameras by the year 2018. These cameras are intended to prevent accidents that blind spots can cause. This equipment is part of an Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS), which are meant to increase safety when driving. When you have one of the newer car models, chances are you have a windshield outfitted with cameras and sensors because of these laws, and because car manufacturers want to keep their customers alive.
Let’s say that you are driving down the highway. Out of nowhere, someone switches lanes without signaling and damages your windshield. After you check everyone in the car to make sure that you are not hurt, you have a problem. The windshield needs repairing. But simply replacing a sheet of protective glass is not as simple as it used to be.
While these cameras are functionally a good idea, they do add a certain layer of complication to any reprocessing job that has to be done to your motor vehicle. For one thing, the cameras and all of the other equipment attached have to remain uncracked and in good working order. The slightest damage to these systems can make them no longer function properly, which is a major issue for those who have particularly high-end vehicles with additional gadgets.
The cameras and sensors also have to align with the road and relevant environment. The equipment has to take in information accurately. Or you could easily wind up in another car crash. You have to make sure any ADAS equipment attached to your windshield is calibrated.
This not only will increase your safety, but also follow the ADAS Code of Practice. Remember that if your vehicle doesn’t have these functions working, there’s a good chance that you might end up less protected than you otherwise would be if they functioned properly. Fortunately, Team Acme has all of the tools that you need to calibrate your windshield.
Windshield calibration is making sure that all of the ADAS equipment on your windshield — the cameras and sensors which create a picture of the road and will assist in hitting the breaks — is working. That means evaluating the measurements they produce and testing them for accuracy within the auto repair shop’s relative safety. It’s better for a mechanic to test out the camera and sensors within an enclosed area rather than for you the driver to find out that you have improper alignment.
Due to the cameras and sensors being used for safety, they need to be precise. Repairs or replacement of a windshield can easily throw these sensitive measurements off and skew their results. Something as small as adjusting the camera angle can literally affect its perspective, so mechanics have to adjust the cameras and sensors to manufacturers’ recommendations.
Windshield replacement isn’t the only reason why you need calibration. You will also need it if wheel alignment and suspension changes, or the camera disconnects. The littlest changes can affect your system. That being said, if you do have your windshield replaced you’ll want to have this done.
Your local dealership will offer windshield calibration services. So will automotive repair shops with trained experts. We also offer them, as well as a recalibration of a full ADAS system.
Naturally, we also provide windshield replacement services for those who might have vehicles that lack these features. Keep in mind that vehicles made before that date didn’t always include them, and there are countless cars that are far older than ADAS technology.
That means that you might need a more traditional style of windshield repair. If that’s the case, then we’d be more than happy to help with the process. otherwise, though, you’re going to want to avail yourself of our windshield calibration service.
Fortunately, our experienced team shouldn’t have too much difficulty doing so depending on how out of alignment your systems have become. Assuming that you shouldn’t have the sensors and cameras positioned too radically out of alignment, our team can get them back to the correct place in a relatively short period of time.
That means that you’ll be back on the road before you even know it, and you’ll be able to stay safe in the process. Some drivers have tried to see if the alignment is right themselves, which is never a good idea. Since we test the vehicle in the relatively closed confines of our shop, we’ll be able to see whether or not the cameras aren’t properly aligned without putting anyone in the way of any real harm.
You might also want to take your car in because it seems like your ADAS equipment just doesn’t seem to be showing you the right information any longer. If it looks like your gear is showing you something other than the direct position right behind or in front of your vehicle, then it might have gotten out of alignment. We’ll put it back into place for you. Depending on the way that you drive and if you ever have to back your vehicle up while pushing something, this might be an absolute necessity for the kind of driving that you’ve been doing.
Best of all, windshield calibration cost projections aren’t even that bad. Since the work can be done relatively easily, you’ll find that the windshield calibration cost is relatively reasonable.
Team Acme wants to educate our customers about ADAS systems. The more they are installed in cars, the more that drivers and passengers need to learn where to recalibrate them. Your road safety is our concern, especially as regulations allow for more ADAS systems in cars. Our service also tints glass and performs other work, so it’s a great place to stop in the greater Las Vegas area if you ever run into issues with the sun.
Contact us today, using our online contact form. We will be happy to talk more about recalibration, and other current technologies that comprise modern ADAS. You should also always feel free to request a quote online if you need to have any kind of automotive glass done work, even if it isn’t directly related to windshield calibration. Finding out the windshield calibration cost of any particular job couldn’t be any easier.