Everything you need to know about Replacing your Vehicle’s Windshield and Window
Windshield replacement involves removing the current windshield from your car and replacing it with a new one. The process may take about an hour and on average costs $200 and above (prices may vary). The windshield serves two main purposes: to prevent the driver and passengers from getting hit by the flying debris outside the car as they drive down the road; and it supports the car’s roof - making it an important component of the vehicle's safety system. Furthermore, the windshield can help in preventing the driver and passengers from being thrown out of the car in the event of a crash or rollover. Therefore windshields act as an important component of the car's function and should be replaced immediately if they are damaged beyond repair.
Here are a few things you should know about windshield replacement.
When to replace your windshield
If the crack or chips on the auto glass interfere with the driver’s direct line of vision; if the chip is larger than a quarter; if there are at least three chips in one windshield; if the inside layer of the glass is cracked; or if the cracked point is pulverized.
If you do not know how to identify these signs, seek the help of a professional technician to inspect your car and recommend whether the windshield requires a repair or replacement.
How long does it take to replace a windshield?
The time taken to replace a windshield depends on the make and model of your vehicle. On average, it takes about an hour but difficult windshield installations can take more than an hour.
What happens to the parking stickers on my windshield?
When replacing a windshield, stickers on your old windshield can be transferred to the new one. If they cannot be replaced, then they can be peeled off by the technician who will be installing the new windshield and put a small envelope for safe keeping so you can get your stickers replaced.
When can I drive the car again after the windshield is replaced?
After replacing your windshield, you may have to wait some time before you can get back on the road; this usually depends on the type of urethane adhesive used during the installation process. The time may range from 1 to 24 hours; if you are in a hurry and want to drive your car as soon as possible; then you will have to purchase a more expensive urethane that is chemically cured. It is important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid injuries, losses or even death.
Can I wash my car after a windshield installation?
You can hand wash your car immediately after replacing your windshield as long as you use low pressure water sprays on the replaced windshield. Using water on your replaced windshield should not be a problem on but you should wait for at least 24 hours before using high pressure water
Have the job done by professionals
Always ensure that the technicians who replace your car windshield are qualified professionals. The installers should be knowledgeable and experienced of the proper tools, methods of windshield removal, how to prepare the frame where the new windshield is to be replaced, different types of urethanes, and how to install perfectly. They should use installation methods that will prevent leakages and rust around the areas that the windshield bonds to the vehicle. You can ask for a referral from friends and families about reputable windshield replacement service providers in your area.
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