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How To Prevent Windshield Cracks From Spreading
A small crack or chip in your windshield can be annoying, but if the damage gets larger, you’ll be looking at replacing the windshield altogether. Preventing car glassfissuresand flaws from spreading can help save you time and money.
Small chips and cracks, if left untreated, can often spread and become big cracks and a big problem. Cracks can grow due to sudden changes in temperature or weight being placed upon the glass. It is fairly common for minorcracks to seemingly grow overnight in extremely cold or hot temperatures, or if windshields are bearing the weight of heavy snow. Once littlebreaks get larger, they cannot be repaired and the entire windshield must be replaced. As long as fissures are about the size of a dollar bill or smaller, you won’t need to replace the entire windshield, but you will need to stop them from getting any worse.
Even something as simple as placing a small piece of tape over a crack or chip can stop the damage from growing larger and help prevent dirt and debris from entering and making the impairment worse. Clear nail polish can also be applied to a thoroughly cleaned surface to help repair breaks and dings. The nail polish can seep into the damage to help seal it and prevent it from spreading.
If you’ve got a chip or a crack, try to limityour car’s expose to drastic temperature changes. Turning the heater or defroster on high during a cold day can cause cracks to enlarge due to the sudden temperature change. You should also avoid washing your vehicle with cold water or blasting the air conditioner on a hot summer day for the same reason.
Weight or pressure can also cause small breaks to enlarge. If you’re trying to clear your windshield of ice or snow or if you’re cleaning the glass, don’t use too much force, as the pressure you exert can force cracks to open wider.
The safest way to stop a windshield crack or chip from spreading is to take your vehicle to an auto glass specialist and have them repair the damage professionally. Not only can they repair cracks or chipssafely and accurately, they can also prevent the damage from getting worse, thus saving you the cost of a new windshield. You’llhave piece of mind knowing your glass was repaired the right way, and best of all, some insurance companies even cover windshield repair so you won’t have to pay anything out-of-pocket.
To learn more about auto glass repair in Raleigh, please visit this website.
Justin is a certified car nut and writes about all car topics. He has a special interest in performance parts, wheels and rims. Share his enthusiasm at autoserviceguide.wordpress.com.
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