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Accidents happen and sometimes your auto glass gets cracked or broken. You have two options when this happens, either fix it or replace it. There are times when repairing your glass will work and times when replacing it is the only option. We’ll walk you through both.
Repairing your auto glass/windshield
Repairing your windshield is a possibility given certain circumstances. When you have a small chip or crack you can usually repair it. If the chip or crack is in the driver line of sight it’s better to replace it for safety reasons. Taking it to a professional is always the easiest route to go, and many small chips and cracks can be fixed for $100 or less. If you’re going to repair it yourself you can go out and buy a do it yourself kit at many auto parts stores. These kits usually inject resin into the crack or chip. The main point of this is to stop the crack or chip from spreading and to improve the structural integrity of the damaged glass. Keep in mind that if you do try to fix it yourself you will be using inferior tools than what the pros use.
Replacing the glass
If you get your car window broken by someone trying to steal things or by a rogue foreign object it’s possible to replace it yourself. You’ll need to go to a dealer or scour the internet to find new glass. Then you’ll need to vacuum up all the broken glass. The next part gets tricky because you need to remove the side panel so that you can get rid of the remaining broken glass and put in the new glass. At this point it’s best to consult your owner’s manual, because each car is different. You will need a screwdriver and a socket set. A trim removal tool is helpful but not essential. It’s much easier to bring it to a professional to let them do it. They know exactly what they’re doing and can get the job done quickly.
It’s not a good idea to try to replace your windshield yourself. If you do it incorrectly there are multiple bad outcomes. The seal might not work properly and water could get into your car. This can also create rust. An improperly installed windshield could also cause the windshield to fall out of place if the adhesive isn’t applied properly. Remember that your windshield keeps the inside of your car safe from the elements on the outside. Always go to a certified auto glass repair facility and don’t take any chances with your windshield.