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A small crack on your windshield may not be a big issue and most drivers overlook it. However, it is important to understand that this is not only an unsightly blemish but can also pose a major safety issue. If you have a cracked windshield especially during spring, you should not just rainproof it. Replace the entire windshield. Here are the reason why you should do that.
Most drivers consult auto glass experts to fix smaller chips. This should only be a temporary solution as you prepare to replace the entire windshield. If the chip expands to the length or width of a credit card then it means you have to replace it.
It is important to understand that a standard windshield is made up of two transparent glasses glued to a vinyl resin at the center. Vinyl resin is what keeps the glasses intact in case of a collision or an impact. Once the vinyl resin or safety layer is cracked or chipped, the windshield cannot withstand much more impact. If the crack is too large, it can negatively impact your vision and reflect glare. This is why a simple repair may not be advisable.
Replacing the windshield may seem like a costly upgrade to your car. However, safety should always come first regardless of the cost. Although the whole process of replacing the windshield takes less than an hour, it is advisable to get a professional do it for you. An expert will have the tools and skills to repair and rainproof your windshield for spring.
In order to replace the windshield and make it function better, a technician will first replace the rubberized weather stripping that holds the windshield to the frame. This is also what makes the windshield rainproof. The edges of the glass should always be tightly fitted in place. A coating of adhesive is applied along the edges of the frame after removing the exterior trim and weather stripping. This is normally done before lifting the glass.
That said, it is now clear that replacing your windshield is not as hard as some people consider it. Always drive safe by making sure all the parts of your car are in good condition.