When you have a new windshield installed, you want it to last as long as possible. Here are a few care and maintenance tips that will help you preserve your new windshield for years to come.
1. Give the Adhesive Time to Set
When windshields are replaced, drivers should wait at least an hour before driving their vehicle. That hour gives the urethane adhesive time to set and harden. If you drive before that hour is up, the windshield may not become firmly attached to the vehicle’s frame. Allowing the adhesive to dry provides a good, strong seal.
2. Don’t Remove the Adhesive Tape
Be sure to leave the adhesive tape in place for at least 24–48 hours after windshield installation. Leaving the tape on the glass ensures that the seal is in place and protected until the adhesive dries.
3. Drive Gently
When first installed, new windshields are very sensitive to vibration. So, for a few days after you’ve gotten your new windshield, be careful where you drive. Try to stay on smooth, paved roads and be careful when driving over speed bumps or potholes. Also, try to avoid dirt or gravel roads.
It’s also important to gently close your vehicle’s doors for at least 48 hours after the windshield’s installation. Slamming the vehicle’s doors may puncture the seal.
4. Don’t Use Your Sunshade
Avoid using your sunshade for at least 48 hours after installation. You don’t want anything to push against the windshield and touch the drying urethane during that period.
5. Avoid High-pressure Car Washes
Don’t put your vehicle through a high-pressure car wash for at least 48–72 hours after installation. Water pressure against the glass can displace the moldings. Be sure to give your windshield, adhesive, and moldings the necessary time to set and dry. If you feel it’s absolutely necessary, you may gently wash your vehicle by hand during this period.
6. Keep Windows Opened Slightly
Summer heat can increase interior air pressure and threaten the integrity of the glass. You can equalize the air pressure by leaving a ¼ inch gap in your windows. Even small gaps provide ventilation and help keep the interior of your vehicle cooler.
Chicago, Il Specialists in Auto Window Repair and Replacement
New windshields can be a little fragile in the first couple of days after installation. However, they can greatly improve the appearance of your vehicle and give it a new lease on life.
At Frank’s Auto Glass we provide a variety of glass repair and replacement services. These include window tinting and mobile windshield repair in the Chicago area. If you have windshield problems, visit us at Frank’s Auto Glass for windshield repair or replacement and great customer service. In no time at all, we’ll have your windshield in like-new condition.