Do Not Disregard Windshield Cracks

December 12, 2017

After a long day of work you pull into your driveway and turn off the car. That's when you notice it, the beginning of a crack in your windshield. It might only be a tiny thing now, but already your mind is racing. Is this the end of your windshield or is this no big deal? Today, we are going to walk you through how important properly diagnosing and addressing a windshield crack can be. We'll walk through what makes a windshield crack dangerous as well as what you can do to remedy the situation.

Windshield Crack - Diagnosing the Damage

Let's stay by taking a look at your windshield and the crack that now mars your otherwise perfect view. Automotive glass is built to withstand a heavy beating, so you had to take some real damage to get this crack -- right? Well, not exactly. You see, your car's windshield is constantly exposed to the elements. From heavy rain or hail to dirt and rocks kicking up from the road, there is always something going on. With automotive glass, as soon as it begins to chip there is a danger that the chip will spread into a full-fledged crack. This is the stage that you are currently at. Let's now look at how we can diagnose the seriousness of your windshield crack.

Size - The first thing you'll need to do is take consideration of the size of the crack. Past a certain length, it becomes against the law to drive your vehicle. In this case, you are looking for an immediate repair or replacement job. If the crack is small and tightly contained, you can probably get away with driving on it for awhile.

Location - Now, you need to locate where the crack begins. Does it start in your direct line of vision or does it hover over the passenger's side of the vehicle? If the crack is small and on the passenger side of your vehicle, you can get away with a marginal delay in the repair process.

Growing - Let's say that you diagnose the small crack and decide to grow on it. Over the next few days pay close attention in order to ensure that the crack itself is not growing, webbing, and spreading. Once your tempered glass is penetrated, it can be easy for the crack to grow and become dangerous.

Ultimately, if you find yourself with a cracked windshield you are going to want to spend time getting it fixed and repaired by a certified shop. At Tempe Mechanical and Smash Repairs, we focus on keeping those small cracks from becoming large headaches.

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