Vehicle window replacement is a serious repair and commitment. In the case of side windows, they can easily get damaged from flying debris. Rear windows can also suffer from the same or from collisions. You should trust a glass repair shop nearby to do the job, rather than attempt the feat. It can be quite dangerous, and tedious.
Side windows include the moving and non-moving windows on the driver and passenger sides of the vehicle. Some come with the ability for drivers to lock them, while others don’t. Listed from front to back, they include front door vent glass, front door glass, rear door glass, rear door vent glass, body-side glass on vehicles without doors behind driver area (vans, etc.), and Quarter glass (the pane above rear tire area). While all rear glass sounds as side windows, the opposite is not true.
These windows are all arranged differently – glued, moveable in tracks, or held in with gaskets – and every vehicle has a different replacement process. Years of experience have allowed us to understand and implement the proper steps in order to replace your glass and restore it to factory specifications. We also know when a simple repair won’t cut it, and will honestly tell you. Team Acme wants to make sure that our customers are safe.
Several circumstances require you to replace your side or rear glass windows. The most obvious is if your side windows explode. Due to side windows being tested for endurance, they may have already reached their breaking point in testing. Then you definitely need auto glass replacement because you can’t be driving around with broken window in the car. It’s dangerous, for yourself and your passengers.
Cracks after a crash or damage from debris are the most likely circumstances by which you need replacement. Even if you are a great driver, accidents may happen. That can lead to your side windows getting hit. Cracks compromise the glass’s integrity, especially if they are longer than half an inch. If they are large, then simply repairing them makes no sense.
Your windows rattling is also a red flag. Rattling windows, when they are sealed, show signs of poor installation. They need to be adjusted or replaced with new ones. This can also happen to windshields as well, so make sure that your windshields aren’t badly cracked or jostling around. If they are, then you may need them replaced as well. While manufacturers set the best standards on car structure, defective models may sometimes roll off the assembly line. It’s best to check if the windows aren’t meeting your expectations.
At Team Acme, we have a standard procedure for conducting repairs and replacements. Every auto shop should follow these steps, and if they don’t, you should seek alternative services elsewhere.
Follow the manufacturer’s process in order to properly replace the window in question. Carefully remove all the necessary parts in order to reinstall to factory specification.
Stray pieces of glass are also a no-no. They can injure the mechanic or the driver. Remove any glass parts left attached to the vehicle. Clean and vacuum any remaining glass inside the vehicle, door panels, etc. Make sure that the area is clear of stray shards and dust.
Install the new part and check all movements and adjustments, if applicable. Reinstall all parts and panels removed for access. Prepare to answer questions from our customers and reevaluate.
Side glass is primarily tempered glass. This means that it has been heat-treated rather than laminated. Manufacturers call this safety glass because the tempering means that it will not burst into large, dangerous pieces. That means that if you get into an accident — and we hope you never will — the glass will not endanger your life.
These windows will not crack and, if any imperfections exist, the glass usually does not make it through the tempering process before failing and exploding. Pinpoint impacts are usually the only way that failure of the glass will occur. Even then, they are designed to crack neatly and not injure the driver or passengers.
At Team Acme, we make the following promises when you use our services:
If you’re looking for a shop to replace your damaged side windows, trust Team Acme. We’re AGRSS certified and can do the job quickly and safely. In addition, we do vinyl wraps for cars, tinted windows, upgrades for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), and windshield replacement in Henderson, Nevada. Our duty is to make your driving safer.
Get a quote or contact us today. Our experts will replace your windows, install vinyl tint, and keep you up-to-date on the newest car technology.