Should You Repair Or Replace Your Windshield?

Windshields play a critical role in your vehicle’s safety. They provide clear visibility and protect drivers from flying debris. In some states, it’s illegal to drive with a damaged windshield. But what is the best course of action when you have a crack or chip in your windshield? Should you repair it or replace it entirely? There are many answers to this question, and it’s really a matter of personal preference and the type of damage.

A cracked or pitted windshield could reduce your driving vision, making it difficult to see the road ahead. This can lead to dangerous situations, especially if you are driving at night or in poor weather conditions. Additionally, even small chips and cracks can catch sunlight or oncoming headlights and reflect into your eyes, potentially blinding you for a moment. This is why it’s important to have any damage repaired immediately.

If you don’t repair your windshield replacement, it will only continue to deteriorate. Eventually, it will weaken the glass and can cause cracks to spread across the entire window. As the cracks become larger, your visibility will continue to be compromised and you may find yourself in more dangerous driving situations. For these reasons, it is best to replace your windshield as soon as you notice any damage.

Windshields also help to improve the aerodynamics and energy efficiency of your vehicle. Keeping your windshield intact and free from damage will allow the wind to flow smoothly over your vehicle’s body, which can reduce your reliance on air conditioning and improve fuel economy.

In addition, the windshield supports the passenger side airbag, and if it is damaged, it can prevent the airbag from deploying properly and seriously injure or kill you. This is another compelling reason to repair or replace your windshield promptly.

If you choose to have your windshield replaced, be sure to use original equipment manufacturer OEM or original equipment equivalent OEE auto glass. It is also a good idea to look for the Department of Transportation DOT stamp, which ensures that your replacement windshield meets federal safety standards.

Before you install your new windshield, apply a urethane primer to the existing urethane seal and to the perimeter of your vehicle’s frame. Follow the instructions in your product’s manual for this step. After priming, apply a continuous and even bead of urethane around the perimeter of your windshield frame. It is a good idea to do this as quickly as possible so that the urethane does not dry or set before you can put your new windshield in place.

If your car has a built-in Advanced Driver Assistance System ADAS that uses a camera mounted behind the windshield, be sure to have it calibrated after installing a new windshield. ADAS features like lane departure warnings, automatic emergency braking and collision avoidance can save lives, but they only work if the sensors and cameras are calibrated correctly. Some installers can perform ADAS calibration, but it is usually best to take your car to the dealership.

Wizard Auto Glass
1365 Mid-Way Blvd, Mississauga, ON L5T 2J5, Canada
(905) 564-5330