When was the last time you hit a bump in the road? Not one that puts a temporary halt to your plans — the bump that turns a chip in your windshield into a growing crack.
It’s hard to imagine that hitting a bump could cause a windshield chip. So can fluctuations in temperature (an issue during the winter), using an ice scraper, or pouring hot water on a frozen windshield.
Is a chipped or cracked windshield something you should rush to fix? Reading our guide to windshield crack repair in Mississauga will help you figure things out.
Take a minute and read today’s post for advice on what you should do when you have a damaged windshield.
Is A Windshield Chip Dangerous?
On the surface, a chipped windshield may seem minor. After all, most people drive with at least one small stone chip — sometimes for weeks, even months.
Many drivers wait to address a chip until a crack develops.
The problem with waiting is that those minor chips can quickly turn into a costly repair. Wait long enough, and you could end up replacing the entire windshield.
What Makes A Chip Grow Into A Crack?
In a word, pressure. Pressure on a windshield can happen due to the changes in temperature mentioned at the beginning of this post. Even running your car through a car wash can put pressure on the window glass.
While a single chip might not create a dangerous situation, a crack can change everything. Ask a recent owner of a popular car about their cracked windshield.
Cracks interfere with your vision. Ignore them long enough, and you could experience your windshield shattering.
Is DIY Windshield Repair Advisable?
If you’re dealing with a chip or crack in your windshield, you’ve likely said, “I can fix my windshield myself.”
While it’s true a creative car owner could figure out several different ways to repair a chipped windshield, most DIY methods either don’t work, or they’re not permanent solutions.
Technicians who specialize in windshield repair, have the right tools and the experience to do the job right the first time. Saving a few dollars with a DIY repair kit could end up costing you much more in the long run.
Should You Repair Or Replace A Chipped Windshield?
It’s easy to panic when you get a rock chip in your windshield. First, you worry that the chip will turn into a crack before you can get the car in for a repair. Second, you worry about how much money you’ll need to spend on the repair.
Third, if you’re like most drivers, you wonder if you’ll need to replace the entire windshield.
The good news is if you don’t ignore a chipped windshield, you can probably repair it for a reasonable cost. There is a caveat.
If you have multiple chips and cracks, or a chip in the driver’s line of vision, you may need to budget for a replacement.
Feeling Better About That Windshield Chip?
Of course, no one wants to drive around in a car with an ugly chip or cracked windshield. As you can see, whether you’re dealing with a windshield chip or a cracked windshield, you have options.
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