Your vehicle’s glass, particularly its windshield, probably isn’t something that you think much about, at least not until something goes wrong. However, the glass in your automobile will often let you know when something isn’t right — if you know what you’re looking for. If your glass has one of the following problems, make sure to take your car to a professional for repair.
A Problem With Cracks
If you notice any cracks, even small ones, in your windshield, these deserve immediate attention. The thing about cracks is that even the small ones can and will get bigger over time. What starts out as a small, inexpensive problem can quickly turn into a much bigger, more costly one.
Many products available at automotive stores claim to fix these tiny cracks, but don’t be fooled. Most of these things only cover up the problem, which then continues to grow without you noticing it. Don’t take chances. Have your auto glass fixed by a professional while the problem is still small and contained.
A View That’s No Longer Clear
Your windshield is designed to protect you when you drive and was created in such a way that you can see through it clearly. If that ceases to be the case, look into having your auto glass replaced or repaired, depending on the severity of the problem.
Clusters of cracks, fractures, or even small, chipped areas can pose a major risk if they keep you from being able to clearly see the road in front of you. Even if you think the crack isn’t a problem because it’s not in your direct vision, cracks and other defects can change how the light reflects in your eyes. Any time your vision is impaired while driving, your safety is too. Get this problem checked out right away.
A Recent Accident
Sometimes, what your car has been through can alert you to a problem. If you’ve recently been involved in an accident, for example, have a professional check your auto glass. Even if everything looks fine, the accident could have caused small, hard-to-see damage that has weakened your automotive glass. This damage can put you at risk if you experience another accident because of the loss of structural integrity.
Since it’s better to be safe than sorry, take your vehicle to a glass professional after every accident.
A Shift in the Seasons
You might think that, as far as your automotive glass is concerned, all seasons are equal. However, temperature fluctuations can put stress on your auto glass. Winter is particularly harsh on the sensitive glass of an automobile.
The cold temperatures and the constant expansion and shrinkage of the glass can make any problem worse. Fix any auto glass problems before winter comes. Otherwise, those problems you’ve been ignoring are likely to get a whole lot worse.
A Previous At-Home Fix
As mentioned earlier, at-home fixes are advertised for common windshield problems. Unfortunately, almost all of these fixes only mask the problem temporarily. Some can even make it worse if you’re not careful.
If you have a history of trying at-home fixes on your windshield, let a professional take a look. That way, any damage you may have caused can (hopefully) be undone, and the real problem can be fixed in a correct and lasting way.
No matter how long it’s been since you fixed your windshield or had it looked at professionally, and no matter how bad the problem may be, the experts at Aaron Auto Glass are always happy and willing to help. Whether your glass can be repaired or needs to be fully replaced, we can provide you with the help and guidance you need to make your car look great again. Contact us for service.