The windshield is a vital part of your vehicle. If your windshield is damaged in any way, it is important that you take steps to get it repaired as soon as possible. Below is a guide to 3 common problems which can affect windshields.
While a chip on the surface of your windshield may look like a minor bit of damage, it may be more dangerous than it first seems. If you do not carry out prompt repairs, the vibrations created as your car moves along the road could cause the chip to develop into a crack. If you notice a fresh chip on your windshield, you should cover it with a small piece of tape as a temporary fix.
You will then need to decide if you wish to carry out a DIY repair or if you would rather have a professional technician repair the chipped screen. There is a range of DIY windshield repair kits on the market. These kits contain a special resin which can be used to fill in the chip on the glass. However, you should only attempt this repair if you feel confident in your DIY skills. If you do not, you should take your car to a professional auto glass repair shop.
If a small chip becomes a crack, it poses a much greater risk. Although this is relatively rare, a crack in a windshield could result in the sudden failure of the glass. If this occurs, you and anyone else in the car will be showered with pieces of broken glass which could cause a serious injury. Even if the crack does not cause your windshield to fail, it may still impede your view when driving or could create a distraction.
Cracked glass can also be repaired using a DIY kit. However, without specialist knowledge, it can be difficult to know if you have properly repaired the crack. You should instead take your vehicle to an auto glass repair shop. A technician will then inspect your windshield to check if the cracked glass can be repaired. If it cannot be fixed, the technician will replace the entire windshield.
Scratches on your windshield can be very distracting when you are trying to drive. You should be able to polish or buff out the majority of catches on a windshield. However, if the scratch is very deep, you may need to call on the services of a professional auto repair shop. The technician will use professional machinery to buff out deep scratches.