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Is it a big problem and expensive repair if a car has cracks and tears in the black rubber that runs the perimeter of the front windshield?


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One of the most frustrating experiences for a driver is watching a crack travel along the length of a windshield. The most astounding part of this experience is that it does not have to happen at all. In most cases, these cracks started out as tiny cracks that were not cared for and expanding into much larger cracks. A professional windshield repairman can fix these tiny cracks for a cost that is far lower than the cost of replacing an entire windshield. The tiny cracks in a windshield are known as micro abrasions. Basically this means they are a series of several miniscule cracks that have formed into a pattern. A sealant can be used on any micro abrasion that is less than the size of a nickel and often for a very reasonable price. Sealing these small cracks prevents them from becoming much larger and troublesome cracks. Many drivers feel that they can safely operate a vehicle that has a large crack in the windshield and that repair is unnecessary. What these drivers fail to realize is that cracks in the windshield can cause small distortions in the image of the objects outside of the vehicle. These small distortions can be the difference between nearly missing a collision with another vehicle and having a horrible accident. In addition, most states will not allow a car to pass the state inspection without a windshield that has no cracks in the reasonable visual field of the driver. Should a windshield need to be completely replaced, any reputable windshield repair shop can do it quickly and professionally. They will explain exactly what the process entails and how much it will cost before installing the windshield. Overall, there is little to no valid reason to not get a windshield repair professional involved at the first sight of a crack. The crack is never going to disappear on its own and will over time only get worse. Bad cracks in a windshield can lead to an increased risk of being involved in an accident and a loss of time and money if the accident is the fault of the driver with the crack windshield.

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It depends on the size of the crack. Windows cannot have any broken glass or cracks greater than 1 inch in the windshield wiper area, no cracks greater than 2 inches outside of it or any cracks longer than 3 inches that extend into this area.

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Having a broken windshield is definitely frustrating, but it is also a driving hazard. Cracks and impacts to windshields block a complete view of the road and increase the chances of mishap. It is important to have a windshield fixed quickly to avoid accidents. Even small chips or cracks can eventually turn into larger ones over time, so it is important to contact a windshield repair company to fix the problem. Highly trained technicians can provide top-quality windshield repair at really great prices. Whether it is patching a small crack so it does not get larger or getting new windshield installation, it is always a good idea to contact the professionals. Windshield repair companies have extensive experience and the particular knowledge of the trade, making it easy to get a windshield repair in no time at all. With daily driving to work and the store, its pretty much inevitable that windshields are going to incur damage from road debris. Sometime windshield damage can occur by accident by an errant baseball or even vandalism. Regardless of the cause, these windshields need to be repaired or even replaced. Operating a motor vehicle with a cracked or otherwise damaged windshield hampers visibility but is also a definite way to get ticketed by law enforcement. Even small chips or minor cracks on a windshield can quickly become highly visible cracks that spread across the entire surface of an otherwise perfect windshield. Windshields are an expensive investment, so it only makes sense to contact a professional windshield repair company to fix the problem and protect the windshield from further issues. When contacting a windshield repair service, customers are ensured that they will receive the best windshield products at the most affordable prices. Windshield repair and installation also provides customers with the opportunity to see all the latest advances in windshield technology. From scratch resistant surfaces and UV protective glazes to tinting and glare protection, certified and experienced craftsmen are ready to service any windshield situation. It is important that windshield repair be performed as soon as possible to avoid further problems while out on the road, so make sure to contact a professional service today!

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Many insurance companies and glass repairers recommend that getting small chips and cracks fixed immediately. Fixing these small cracks and chips can save money and help avoid the need to replace the entire windshield at a later time.

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It's unlawful to drive with a windshield which has any cracks or discoloration which impairs the field of vision of the driver.


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