Let’s assume that you’re driving behind a gravel truck and you hear a loud smack. A rock hit your windshield causing it to crack. Aside from car accidents, gravel and debris are the main causes of windshield cracks.
If you choose to ignore it, it will most likely get worse due to temperature changes. Furthermore, moisture and dirt will fill in the crack and it will spread even further. Windshield crack before really dangerous when they start obstructing your field-of-vision. Driving with a cracked windshield isn’t wise, if for no other reason, then because in some states you can get a ticket for it. It’s just not safe!
No matter if the windshield crack is small or big, it should be repaired or replaced as soon as possible. Nowadays, many auto insurance policies cover glass repairs which are good.
DIY windshield replacements or repairs are not a good idea. Instead, use some of these temporary fixes until you go to your auto glass repair shop.
Fill in the crack temporarily
You can prevent dirt and moisture from filling in the crack by applying some super glue or nail polish. Just make sure that you wipe the cracked windshield with a clean, dry piece of cloth.
Protect the cracked windshield
Since cracks on your windshield spread due to temperature oscillations, dirt and moisture filling in the crack, park your car somewhere in the shade during hot days. A good option would be a garage (if you have one) or carport. This way you will protect the windshield from water, dirt and direct sunlight.
Windshield repair kits
You can give it a go and purchase a glass repair kit. These are mostly sold by auto parts stores and contain a resin that fills in the crack. However, as mentioned before DIY repairs rarely ‘hold’ and the crack will eventually re-appear and keep spreading anyway. So in the end, you will end up visiting an auto glass repair shop to have it done by a pro.
Should you repair or replace it?
Depending on the size of the crack, you will either need to repair the crack or replace the entire cracked windshield. Leave the estimate to the professional at your local auto glass repair shop.
Before, a little crack on your windshield meant that you have to replace the whole thing. But modern-day windshields are more repairable.
When it comes to cracked windshields, the location of the crack plays a huge role in determining whether or not the windshield will be repaired or replaced. For example, if the crack is on the edge of the windshield, it will for sure be replaced. Those types of cracks tend to spread fast and can seriously damage the structural integrity of your windshield. Also, other auto glass repair shops may not want to repair a crack that is the driver’s direct line of vision
When your windshield gets cracked, it’s strongly recommended that you have it inspected by an auto glass professional. Technicians have the training, tools, and skills to get your windshield repairs done right.