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Windshield Crack Repair 101: Thermal Shock is the culprit!

 

Thermal Shock - Pitstop Autoglass + Windshield Repair Service Center - San Diego

 

When temperatures can change rapidly to an already weakened area of your windshield and cause it to expand or fluctuate to such a degree that an additional or more profound defect occurs along the defect’s most vulnerable edges.

 

If you have any small windshield dings or edge cracks, get them filled immediately! As the weather drops your windshield must deal with the “thermal stress” of a warm interior and a cold exterior. A small ding can turn into a very expensive, spreading crack.

Think of the sound that you hear when you pour a warm liquid over ice. The popping sound is thermal shock applied to the ice. Rapid changes in temperatures will cause certain materials to chip, crack, or spread most every time.

It doesn’t take liquid to rapidly change the temperature causing windshield to break. Any time that the interior and exterior vary drastically in temperatures, thermal shock will most likely affect windshield chips and cracks. In fact, the closer the damage gets to the edge of the windshield, the greater the chances of the damage propagating into a crack. If it is 90 degrees outside, your vehicle interior can reach staggering temperatures in just minutes.

windshield temperature crack

Your windshield is made up of 2 pieces of glass “squeezed” together under heat and pressure. The two are separated by a thin sheet of safety material. When the interior reached 120+ degrees, the piece of glass on the inside expands. The outside is still hanging in there at 90 degrees and remains the same shape; however, the expanding piece on the inside most often times will cause failure to the windshield at any impact point that exists on the exterior. An opposite example is when the hot car is then cooled down with an air conditioner. The interior glass begins to contract, pulling on the outside piece of glass causing failure.

When your windshield is compromised by a flying rock or other debris, you need to go to a licensed, quality windshield repair technician as soon as possible for windshield crack repair. If you cannot quickly make it to a repair shop, follow these steps to increase the chances of saving it:

–   Try to keep the interior and exterior of the vehicle balanced in temperature. Turn off you’re a/c or heater and crack all of the windows about 1”. Open your sunroof if you have one.

–   Park it in the shade and leave the windows cracked. Do not place a sun shade in the window.

–   Do not wash the vehicle and do not clean the area or use your washer fluid on the windshield.

–   Place clear tape over the damage immediately. Any kind of tape will work…scotch tape, packing tape, etc.

Thermal shock is to blame for that little, tiny chip turning into a long crack. Make sure that you stay away from costly replacements by getting your windshield repaired quickly before thermal shock costs you money.

Pitstop Autoglass + Windshield Repair Service Center® is always ready to repair your windshield and get you back on the road safely.

If you have any further questions, stop by your local Pitstop for a no-cost evaluation.

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For more technical information about Thermal Shock, visit wikipedia here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermal_shock

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Beware of the Windshield Sharks!

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(reprinted by request from the SDWRA)

Lurking around gas stations…
Cruising through car washes…

Beware of the Windshield Sharks!

Seeing your car is caked in dust, you rush in to the nearest car wash during your lunch break. As you are placing your car wash order, someone approaches you and tells you that your windshield has damage.  “Give me 10 minutes, and I’ll take care of that for you,” he says assuredly.  “It’s free.” Before you hand over your insurance and personal information to a “mystery clerk”, stop and ask this “technician” a few questions: •   How long have you been doing windshield repairs?  •   What is the guarantee?  Can I get it in writing? •   What if the crack continues to break after the repair has been made? •   What if the repair cracks during the repair? •   If I am not satisfied with the repair, what will you do? •   Have you signed a privacy statement with my insurance company? “If a quick, solid answer isn’t give to every question, turn and walk away before you get scammed”, says Ian of the San Diego Windshield Repair Association (SDWRA). If you decide to proceed, there are some clarifying questions you should ask your repair technician, recommends the San Diego Windshield Repair Association: •   How long has your repair company been in business? •   Are you a member of the California Bureau of Automotive Repair (B.A.R.)? •   Can I see your BAR certificate? •   Do you have any unsatisfied claims with the bureau? •   Are you in good standing with my insurance company? You should be aware that although many of these companies offer legitimate repair services, there are some that will repair your windshield for the first claim but file additional repair claims on your policy that have not been done, thus increasing your insurance premiums and causing challenges to clear your claim history record. Watch out for Fly-by-night operators. Often the swindlers are fly-by-night operators. They’re poorly trained, work out of pickup trucks in parking lots, and disappear after quickly finishing shoddy repairs. They often approach people at car washes, gas stations, parking lots of convenience stores, or booths at county fairs. The con artists can be aggressive, and continually pester you to do the bogus repairs. If you have any questions of need guidance, contact the SDWRA before having any windshield repair work completed at www.SDRWA.org. If you decide to have your repair done at the car wash or other non-glass repair facility, you may consider paying cash instead of giving your insurance information.  If you have insurance coverage, you can file a claim by submitting the bill and being reimbursed.  This way you will not give your personal information to an individual you do not know. The repair can cost anywhere from $40 to $130

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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

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What To Do When Your Windshield Fogs Up

It’s a cold morning, you open your car door, sit start the car and immediately notice the windshield fogging up. What now?

Everyone has had to deal with a foggy windshield at one point or another, and everyone seems to have their own way of fixing it.

Some might use a small, portable squeegee,  others a dry cloth. Some use the car heater, other’s use the A/C. And then some people just fiddle with the controls to no avail, not realizing that the condensation is actually on the outside of the windshield! So what should you do?

Why Windshields Fog Up

To find the best solution, let’s take a closer look at the problem – fogging. Windshield fogging is caused by water vapor condensing on the inner surface of the glass on a windscreen. It can happen one of two ways.

  1. The first way begins with air that gets trapped inside a car from the previous day. This previous day air is more humid than the current cold outside air. Warmer air is able to hold more moisture than cold air, in fact it can hold up to double the amount of moisture! When the more humid air inside the car comes in contact with the cold windshield glass it releases some of its moisture, leaving condensation or fog on the glass.
  2. The other way is caused by us. When we sit down in a cold car, we inhale cool air and exhale air that is warm and humid. As a result, every breath we take puts more humidity in the inside of the car, which condenses on the glass and fogs up the windscreen.

How To Fix A Foggy Windshield

Fog can be cleared many ways. While there is no master solution that works the best every time, there are two common strategies that are likely to work really well.

Dry Out The Air

Depending on your comfort levels, the better option could be to run the A/C. We recommend using this method when temperatures outside are above freezing and the fog is caused by wet, damp humans inside the car. Running the A/C on cold is best, but you can turn the dial to a warmer temperature while still running the air-con and still get good results.

Evaporate The Water Vapor

For a usually quick and easy fix, run heat through your defrosters and it will cause the condensation to evaporate sort of like how a clothes dryer uses heat to evaporate moisture. This method usually works well when you catch the fog building up early on and when the temperatures are cold.

For extremely foggy windshields, you can use a dry cloth or small squeegee to quickly clear the fog and then run the air-con on cold. If running the air-con on cold makes you too chilly, then slowly increase the temperature until the air dries out inside your car. Remember when trying to dry up the air inside your car to bring outside air in instead of circulating inside air. Most cars nowadays do this automatically when the defrosters are on.

If you have other methods that work well for you, please share in the comments below! We always look forward to hearing from you here at Deco Windshield Repair.

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