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Pitstop DIY Washer Fluid – The BEST Solution, PERIOD.

Pitstop-Autoglass-Windshield-Repair-San-DiegoPitstop Do-It-Yourself Windshield Washer Fluid: the Windshield-Friendly Alternative to Glass-Damaging “Blue Fluid”

Washer fluid that is sold in retail markets will cause contamination to your automotive glass, prohibiting future windshield repairs.

A simple and car-friendly windshield washer fluid can be made using just a couple of your household items…


Warm weather washer fluid solution:

In a clean one-gallon plastic milk jug, mix between 1:1 and 3:1 parts distilled white vinegar to water and 2-3 DROPS of any liquid grease-removing dish detergent.

*Do not use too much detergent because it may leave a residue on your windshield.

Fill the jug with water, cap, and shake well.Windshield Repair Cost San Diego

Now, place the mixture in your vehicle’s windshield washer fluid reservoir. Test your windshield washer fluid mixture, as you usually operate your vehicle’s windshield washer system. You will see the clean! The vinegar also helps control scale build-up, adding life to your washer pump system.

* If you choose to use vinegar, which is an old-school cleaner for nearly everything, it may freeze in the windshield washer fluid reservoir.  So, a vinegar and water solution may be more suitable for warmer climates or warmer months in colder climates.


Cold weather washer fluid solution:

In a clean one-gallon plastic milk jug, mix one-half (1/2) to one (1) pints of isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) and one tablespoon of any liquid grease-removing dish detergent. Fill the jug with water, cap, and shake well.

*Do not use too much detergent because it may leave a residue on your windshield.

 IsWindshield Repairs in San Diegoopropyl alcohol is a much safer alternative than methanol (methyl alcohol), which is in the “blue” commercial products.  If you read most any commercial windshield washer fluid product labels, you will see a “hazard” warning. Methanol (methyl alcohol) is a hazardous chemical and should be used with caution.

Now, place the mixture in your vehicle’s windshield washer fluid reservoir. Test your Pitstop windshield washer fluid mixture, as you usually operate your vehicle’s windshield washer system. You will see the clean!


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11905 Carmel Mountain Road

San Diego, California 92128

858-675-4527


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Asymmetrically Strengthened Glass: Goodbye to Windshield Replacement?

Asymmetrically Strengthened Glass

Asymmetrically strengthened glass might be able to revolutionize windshield replacement in the coming years. An asymmetrically strengthened windshield is bolstered with an outside piece of glass attached to the windshield that is harder than the inside piece of glass. The two pieces of glass are attached with a laminant. The outside layer is more impact resistant with the inner layer acting as a shock absorption material in the traditional mode of typical windshields. The result is a more solid windshield that is resistant to heavy impacts and smaller impacts of objects. In essence, the windshield is much stronger and more resistant to all impacts you would typically see on the highway.

The double layered windshield adds safety to drivers and passengers due to its ability to resist cracking and its impact resistant nature. The double layer also helps prevents dangerous cracks that can turn into larger problems later on if allowed to spread. Asymmetrical strengthened windshields keep occupants safer because they are much more resistant to sharp and blunt objects flying at the windshields.

Whether or not this double layering will change the windshield business significantly or not remains to be seen. One thing is certain; replacing the windshield is always a good idea for your car. Cracks and other small damages can turn into big problems even with double glass protection. Keep in mind that even small objects can create large problems if left untreated for too long. On the highway, traveling at a speed of 64 miles per hour or faster, increases the risk of windshield damage. If you have even a small crack in your windshield, you are asking for larger problems later in your windshield’s life. This is true whether or not your windshield has an extra piece of hard glass on the outside.

 

 

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Carefully choose your windshield repair provider, San Diego!

There is an increasing number of untrained, unlicensed people claiming to do proper windshield repair in San Diego. Most of these people are lurking around gas stations and car washes.

Many problems can come along with doing business with these characters. Here are a few problems:

– You cannot properly repair a windshield after a car wash. Soap, wax and rain repellants enter into your damaged windshield. These chemicals are designed to repel water and materials. Windshield repair is the science of adding materials to your glass. Trying to repair a windshield crack that has just come out of a car wash tunnel is like trying to glue two Teflon cooking pans together. Windshield repairs should always be done PRIOR to a car wash. If the damage has been treated with chemicals, a 2 hour minimum wait is required to make sure all moisture has left naturally. Some so-called techs will try to apply heat to the glass to dry it out, but this can have terrible consequences in the months following the repair. If you have damage that is apparent after a car wash, wait 2 full hours and drive to your nearest Pitstop Autoglass & Windshield Repair Service Center. We can apply a proprietary set of chemicals to counteract the contamination that was done by the car wash.

– There is an increasing number of “windshield bullies” who approach you at gas stations. Most often, they will tell you it is “customer appreciation day and we are washing windshields for free.” First things first…never let a stranger put their hands on your car! These people will almost always find a chip in your windshield and will ALWAYS ask you about your insurance information. They call it in, get paid and typically do not do any actual work, yet they get paid. If this happens to you, contact your nearest Pitstop Autoglass® for free advice. Even if we are booked and cannot service you, we will do our level-best to match you with a legitimate shop that you can trust to get quality windshield repair.

Additional information can be found by contacting the local windshield repair association for guidance. Visit the San Diego Windshield Repair Association for more information or to report shady activity.

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Pitstop Autoglass®

11905 Carmel Mountain Road

San Diego, California 92128

858-675-4527

PitstopAutoglass.com

 

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Window Tint Laws in California: What You Need to Know

Window TintIf you’re thinking about tinting your windows in California, there are a few laws that you will need to follow. California has regulations depending on which area of the vehicle you wish to tint, and these regulations are based around a darkness rating called the Visible Light Transmission percentage. There are also certain laws in regards to how reflective your window tint can be. Unlike many other states, California’s tint laws are the same for sedans, SUVs and vans.

Window Tint laws in CAWhat are the window tint laws in California?

  • Windshields allow non-reflective tint at the very top of the windshield only, which can extend 4 inches downwards.
  • Front side windows are required to let 88% or more of light in and cannot be reflective.
  • Back side windows can be any darkness but cannot be reflective.
  • Rear windows are allowed to have any level of darkness and can be reflective.

There can sometimes be exceptions to window tint laws for people who have medical conditions requiring additional tint. Window tint laws are intended to both preserve a driver’s ability to see the road and to protect police officers and other emergency personnel from the possibility of entering into an unknown situation. Consequently, law enforcement officials tend to take the issue seriously. Those that do have tint that is too dark may run the risk of being pulled over and issued a citation.

Auto Glass experts can ensure that your vehicle meets all of the applicable laws and regulations in the state of California. The best ones can guarantee that your windshield will be safely and correctly installed and that your tint will be appropriately applied, attractive and durable. But some companies that install windshields and apply tint are not fully aware of these regulations. This can lead to problems for the driver later on. So be very careful while choosing among them.

 

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