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How to Check Your Windshield for Damage and Repair?

We rarely think about how important the windshield is in our daily driving. However, we must not undervalue its work in our daily lives.

A chip or crack in your windshield does not always require complete replacement. You may be able to get by with just a repair, as long as you inspect the severity of the damage. The checks detailed below can assist you in determining whether your windshield needs replacement or repair.

1. Determine the Location of the Damage/Crack

The location of the damage or crack can determine the extent of the damage to your windshield. In some cases, a windshield can sustain damage from all angles. Damage from a small back door may be completely different from a front quarter panel chip.

If you notice that the windshield has been damaged from a specific direction and is still sharp, you may be able to get a repair kit. If the damage is not so bad and is more like a rock chip, then a repair kit may be the best option.

2. Measure the Extent of the Damage

A repair may be enough if the crack or chip is only on one part of the windshield. However, the longer the crack or chip is located on the windshield, the more likely a complete replacement is required.

Take a look at the length and width of the damage. If the damage is less than 12 inches from end to end, get a repair kit. If you have a crack more significant than 12 inches in length, it may be best for you to get a replacement.

3. Check the Depth of the Damage

The depth of the damage can accurately tell you whether or not you need a windshield replacement or repair.

If the damage is a thin crack and is less than 1/16″ thick, you may be able to get a windshield repair kit.

If the damage is a small chip, you may be able to get a repair kit or a comprehensive insurance policy.

If the damage is a larger chip and measures to be over 1/8″, it may be time to get a windshield replacement.

4. Check for Cracking or Spreading

If you notice that the crack is starting to spread near the edge, it is best to repair it immediately. If the crack is small and doesn’t show signs of spreading, a repair may be all that is needed.

The amount of pressure or force it takes to open the crack or chip can also be instrumental in the damage. If the chip or crack can spread quickly, you will want to replace the entire windshield.

5. Determine If a Cracked Windshield Affects Other Car Features

A cracked windshield can affect the parts of your car. For example, the airbag works using the windshield as a protective shield. If the windshield is broken, the airbag may not accurately protect you during an accident.

Final Advice

If your windshield windscreen is damaged, it affects your car. This is why you need to determine whether to repair or replace it immediately.

If you are unsure whether you need a repair or replacement, it is best to take the windshield to an auto glass specialist. Your auto glass specialist will be able to inspect the damage and give you an estimate of the cost to repair or replace it.

When you are ready to get your windshield fixed, make sure to contact Best Choice Auto glass! We strive to finish every windshield replacement in Tulsa on time and on the budget the first time around. Contact us today!

Tulsa’s #1 Auto Glass Installation & Repair Company