A Few Kinds of Windshield Damage and Some Possible Quick Fixes
Unfortunately for millions of American motorists, windshield damage is an all too common occurrence. For example, consider the following statistics.
- Recent parking lot surveys in 13 cities in 12 different states revealed that about 14% of windshields in the U.S. have a long crack, 79% of these being edge cracks.
- For every million vehicles on American roads, approximately 300,000 of them have some kind of chip in the windshield.
Given how widespread and common windshield damage is, we thought it would be helpful to explain a few different types, along with suggesting some DIY fixes, where appropriate. But please understand that some types of damage are not subject to a DIY fix but will require the services of auto glass professionals.
Chips and Cracks
Sooner or later, every motorist is going to suffer this kind of damage, often caused by rocks and other debris flying in the air on the highway that hits your windshield. If the chip or crack is very small, you might try fixing it with clear nail polish or with a repair kit you can buy at auto parts stores.
Keep in mind, however, that chips larger than a quarter or cracks longer than 3 inches really can’t be repaired with DIY repair kits. Instead, the damage needs to be fixed by a professional glass service.
These are most commonly caused by worn windshield wipers. The wipers need to be replaced immediately before the worn wipers begin scratching your windshield. If the only damage is streaks and not scratches, a solution of equal parts of vinegar and water can be used to remove them. That vinegar/water solution can also be used to get rid of any water spots that may have accumulated on your windshield.
If the scratch is a light, surface type, you may be able to buff it out using baking soda or toothpaste. Apply a small amount to a damp cloth and apply to the scratch using a circular motion. For deeper scratches, professional service is recommended.
A Worn Windshield Seal
Like anything else, a windshield seal can become worn and damaged over time, leading to wind and water leaks. If the damage is minor, you can possibly repair it using auto glass sealant. If it looks like you have significant damage to your seal, professional service is strongly suggested.
Expert Windshield Auto Glass Repair and Windshield Replacement Services at Frank’s Auto Glass
From this brief summary of common windshield damage, you can get some idea of the minor issues you may handle yourself, as well as the more serious issues that need to be addressed by auto glass specialists.
At Frank’s Auto Glass, we provide expert repair and replacement services for windshields and other glass in your car or truck. And if you can’t come to us, we’ll come to you with the highest quality mobile windshield repair and replacement service that Chicagoland has to offer.
Whatever your auto or truck glass needs may be, repair or replacement, Frank’s Auto Glass is the only name you need to remember for auto glass services in Chicago!