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The Do’s and Don’ts of a Windshield Crack

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The Do’s and Don’ts of a Windshield Crack

When you see a crack in your windshield, don’t panic! There are things you can do (and things you shouldn’t do!) to prevent it from getting worse:


Measure the crack: If it is less than 12 inches long or smaller than the size of a quarter, the damage can be repaired rather than having to replace the entire windshield.

Check the location of the crack: If it is in your line of vision while driving, you should get it fixed before driving anywhere.

Protect the damage from dirt: Dirt, dust and other particles getting into the crack will make it more difficult to repair. Cover the crack with a piece of clear tape.

Keep your car out of the sun: Built-up heat may weaken the windshield and cause the chip to grow and spread.

Contact an auto glass provider.


Ignore the issue: Small cracks and chips will spread if not repaired, and may result in eventually needing a replacement. Larger cracks can also affect your visibility while driving.

Crank up the air conditioner or defroster: Extreme temperatures may compromise the integrity of the windshield.

Wash the vehicle: If water gets into the damaged area, it can cause the crack to spread.

Repair cracks larger than 12 inches or the size of a quarter: This extent of damage is cause for replacement.

Take your car to a general mechanic: Choose an experienced auto glass specialist.

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I recently brought my car in to have the broken passenger window replaced. The guys at Frank’s were very professional and the prices were good compared to other places. I’d recommend to anyone. Thanks guys!

Sandra G. - Google Reviews

Couldn't ask for a better establishment! I been driving around with a cracked windshield for longer than I should have. Finally had am off day and dropped them off my car. I was running late to pick up the car and they were very accommodating. Some places would make you wait until next day. Reasonable straightforward prices. They have gained a customer for life.

Eric B. - Google Reviews

Once again, frank’s auto glass came through. The price was exceptional the service was great, I would highly recommend anybody who needs class work, Should come here. I’ve done business with Frank and his family for many years, and I always leave satisfied. They don’t make them like this anymore. So five stars in Bravo.

Matthew W. - Google Reviews

Frank’s was great. They didn’t have my windshield in stock and had to order one, but they were ready for me the next day. The work was completed very quickly, and the staff were all friendly. The price was fair. Would go back again if necessary!

Aislinn - Google Reviews

I am extremely happy with the service I received from Frank's Auto Glass Repair. The replacement took a few hours because of the business' excellent service that it is first come first served. I have nothing but good things to say about this business. I pray I do not need another one anytime soon but I will definitely refer family and friends for premier services!

April W. - Google Reviews

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