When To Replace And When To Fix: Car Windshield Edition

4 February 2016
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If you recently noticed a crack or a chip in your windshield, you may be wondering whether you need to have it replaced, or if you can take care of the problem on your own. There are several aspects to consider when trying to make this decision:

#1: Crack vs. Chip

Generally, if your windshield has a chip in it, you should try to repair it before replacing it. Chips are often in one focused location on the windshield, whereas cracks span several inches of the glass. Sometimes chips can be deep enough to require total replacement; however, the general rule is to opt for chip repair.

#2: How Long Is the Crack?

The length of the crack in the windshield is essential to determining whether it requires replacement over repair. If a crack is longer than three inches, you should replace the windshield due to potential safety hazards. If it is smaller than three inches, you should be able to repair it.

#3: Where Is the Crack?

If the crack is in the driver's direct line of vision, you should look into total replacement, regardless of its size. Having something impair your vision is a direct hazard to your personal safety and should be taken care of rather than ignored or covered up with a repair.

Another factor to consider with the location of the crack is where it is with regards to the center of your windshield. The center of the glass is the most vulnerable point and is the most dangerous spot to have a crack. The integrity of the glass is compromised when the weakest point is damaged. Look into replacing the glass entirely if the crack is in the middle of the windshield.

#4: Where Do You Live?

If you live in an area that receives a lot of rain or snow, you should look into replacing the glass, rather than repairing it. These weather conditions wear down the area of the glass that is damaged and could lead to increased damage. In addition, the crack could allow for leaks, thus damaging the interior as well as furthering the severity of the crack in the windshield.

Ultimately, it's better to be safe than sorry. If you ever question whether you need to repair or replace your windshield, take it to a professional, such as those at Ohs' Body Shop's Inc, for a qualified second opinion. Now that you know what to look for, you'll be able to know what sounds right, and what is clearly wrong.