You are driving down the road when suddenly, you hear that sickening pop. A pebble has leaped from the tire of the vehicle in front of you and cracked your windshield. It is just a small crack, so why worry about it, right? Wrong. Even a small crack can cause big trouble. It is never OK to ignore a cracked windshield. Here are a few reasons why.
Yes, you heard that right. The damage is not contained to that small area for long. Fluctuation of temperatures from day to night or driving to parking will have adverse effects on the windshield. Rapid temperature changes will cause the glass to expand and retract allowing the crack to spread. This is what causes the spider webbing around the crack.
Pressure changes inside the car will also cause the crack to spread. Slamming the doors with all the windows up is the worst thing you can do. Not only does this cause a sudden change in the interior pressure, it adds vibrations. Depending on the size of the crack, you could shatter the windshield when you slam your doors.
If the damage isn’t too extensive, a repair can be done. A special resin is injected into the chip and hardened. If you ignore the damage, dust and debris can become embedded in the damaged area, making it impossible to clean properly. Place some clear tape over the chip and come see us for repair options.
Your windshield plays a part in your safety if you’re ever in an accident. It provides more than 50% of the roof support, so if you ever flip in an accident, the cracked windshield will fail and allow the roof to cave in.
A compromised windshield is also more susceptible to breaking completely, endangering anyone in the vehicle.
The windshield is a big player in the passenger airbag. When deployed, the bag uses the windshield to stop it and direct inflation to the passenger. A crack could cause the glass to break and either destroying the airbag or not allowing it to properly deflect.
A small crack or chip can be easily dealt with, but as time goes on, the damage will get worse. After it is allowed to become too big for a resin treatment, you will have no other choice but to replace the entire windshield. Your insurance may even cover the cost of a repair.
As if all the other reasons weren’t bad enough, some states are very strict about cracked windshields. You could earn a big fine for putting off repairs. Your vehicle may not pass inspection with that crack either.
When you look at all the possible bad outcomes, it is easy to simply make a good choice. Bring your vehicle to us at Team Acme. One of our expert techs will assess the damage and give you a free quote.
Our resin is injected using a specialized tool and a UV light is used to ensure hardening, and our chip warranty gives you peace of mind.
Don’t wait for a small chip to grow into bigger problems.