Many of us had had the misfortune of a damaged windshield, but not all of us have the resources to get the repair done right away.
We figure we can wait until our next paycheck to call the shop and get it fixed, gambling on the fact that it won’t crack out.
But if you have any experience with rock chips, you know how easy it is for them to go from a small chip to a big fat crack.
What You Can Do
While we always recommend getting a rock chip repaired right away, we’ve got some helpful hints for those of you who may not be able to make it to us right away.
Check With Insurance
Unless you have liability only, insurance will generally cover the cost of a rock chip repair. You can contact your insurance company on your own or we can contact them for you when you bring your vehicle into the shop to find out if you’re covered.
Sudden Temperature Changes Are a No-No
This is where most people go wrong, so this is likely the most important tip.
As things get hot they expand, and as they cooler they contract. A sudden change in temperature will force your glass to do this quickly, which causes stress on the glass. That stress can cause the damage to spread.
So if you absolutely have to use the AC, vent it toward you or your feet and not up at the windshield.
Don’t aim a hot defroster at a cold windshield or a cold defroster at a hot windshield either, especially if the crack is located near your defroster vents.
Let the car warm up or cool down slowly and naturally. Don’t let the engine get warm and then decide to switch on the defroster.
Avoid Rough Driving Conditions
Your windshield is actually made from two pieces of glass that are laminated together with a single plastic layer sandwiched in between. The entire thing is glued into place on your vehicle with special adhesives.
This makes the windshield just flexible enough to handle the normal impacts and stress that come with driving.
But when you introduce an imperfection like a rock chip, the structural integrity of the glass is compromised.
When the glass flexes to compensate for the force of driving, the stress placed on the damaged area will become overwhelming and cause it to crack out.
You may not have complete control over this problem, but avoid potholes, hairpin turns and other rough driving conditions as much as you’re able.
Cover the Damage With Clear Tape
You’ll get a better repair if the break is new and clean.
Small contaminates in the break can reduce clarity and affect the appearance of the repair.
Putting clear tape over the damage will keep the break clean and give your repair shop the best possible chance of repairing the damage cleanly and to your satisfaction.
WARNING: Frozen moisture inside the break can cause it to crack out. If there is already moisture in the break and there is a chance of freezing temperatures, don’t take a chance on this.
Contact Team Acme for Your Rock Chip Repairs
If you’re ready to get your windshield damage repaired, make sure you choose an AGRSS certified auto glass shop.
This certification means the shop follows best practices for safe glass repairs and replacements.