Sometimes individuals drive their vehicles around with chips or cracks in their windshields. However, this is a dangerous choice. The longer that you wait to repair a chipped or cracked windshield, the riskier it is and the more likely it will be that you will end up having to replace your windshield rather than simply have it repaired.
If you suddenly get a chip or a crack in your windshield as you are driving but you are unable to have it fixed immediately, here are a few things to know until you are able to get your vehicle to an auto glass professional for repair.
1. Avoid Sudden Changes in Temperatures
When your windshield is in good condition, it has the ability to withstand the usual expansion and contraction that your windshield undergoes on a regular basis due to the temperature outside. Unfortunately, with a chip or a crack in the glass, the damage will only worsen during that process.
More than the summer heat or the winter cold can affect the fragility of your windshield. The way that you heat or cool the interior of your car also matters. In other words, your air conditioner, heater, and defroster change the temperature of your windshield.
If you heat or cool the inside of your car too quickly, the temperature can have a direct and negative, impact on your windshield. The cold or warmth causes stress on the glass, which can result in the crack worsening. Therefore, you want to cool and heat your car slowly. To do this, put the dial on low and allow plenty of time for the unit to do its job.
2. Avoid Washing Your Windshield
Dirt will accumulate on your windshield, which will make it difficult to see where you are driving. Therefore, you do need to keep the damaged area as clean as possible until you can get to a professional to have the chip or crack repaired. However, you want to avoid washing it with glass cleaner or water.
The reason for this is because the liquid can seep in between the outside layer and inner layer of the windshield. If this happens, you won’t be seeing an auto glass professional about a repair. Instead, they will need to replace your windshield.
The moisture can cause discoloration and problems with the resin properly adhering. If you were to go through an automatic car wash, the pressure could cause additional stress on the windshield and cause the crack to worsen.
Until you can get the chip or crack repaired, the windshield needs to remain dry. If it needs to be cleaned, gently wipe it off with a microfiber cloth or lint-free towel.
3. Apply Super Glue
If you are unable to get your vehicle to a professional immediately to have the chip or crack repaired, you can opt for a temporary fix. However, you need to understand this is only a temporary fix and you must get your glass repaired as soon as possible to avoid further damage.
As long as your crack is not too large, you can apply a bead of super glue in it. First, you will want to ensure that the crack is free of any dirt and debris. Then, simply apply the glue in the crack and move the tip of the glue tube along the crack (or use a cotton swab) so that the glue is spread evenly. Make sure to not apply an excessive amount of pressure. Allow the glue to dry before driving your vehicle.
It can be difficult to be without your vehicle while your windshield is being repaired. However, here at Capital Glass, we value your time and understand that you lead a busy life. For that reason, we offer on-site auto glass repair and replacement. Contact us today to learn more and request a quote.