Windshield Replacement Cost
How Much Does an Auto Glass Windshield Replacement Cost?
Auto Glass Windshield Replacement Service and Cost
The windshield is the first line of defense against debris, bugs, precipitation and rocks. On modern vehicle's, glass is made of several layers of material to prevent it from shattering when damaged.
Driving with a small imperfection can lead to a crack spreading in many directions. Often, customers complain of hitting a bump and seeing a line spread across their windshield. This is because, by design, the chassis of the vehicle can flex when it contacts a bump, or during hard cornering. When the windshield is weakened, it can no longer sustain its normal rigid form, and cracks under the pressure of the flexing frame. If the crack falls below the AS1 line at the top of the windshield, it may be illegal to operate, and local traffic laws should be consulted.
Windshield replacement is very common. In fact, several renown national chains have been formed around this repair alone.
Auto Glass Windshield Replacement Repair Information
All window trim and removable seals are removed, then the technician must use a specialty knife to cut the silicone bonding agent that holds the glass to the vehicle. Once the window is removed, the mating surface must be cleaned of all residual sealant, new sealant applied, and the window set down perfectly centered in the frame. If it is not centered properly, the glass may shatter unexpectedly while driving.
We do not recommend waiting to replace a defective windshield. As noted, cracks can spread quickly, decreasing visibility and causing bright pinpointed reflections from headlights. It is often best to have this service performed where the vehicle is located when the defect is noticed, and before the vehicle is driven again, because the technician may recommend the windshield be repaired instead of replaced.
Windshields on modern vehicle's may have components attached to them, such as rain sensors, or ambient light sensors. It is important to note that removal of these items can slightly raise the repair cost. In areas where sand and wind are prevalent, pitting can occur. Sand blowing against the windshield creates tiny pits in the glass. This is particularly dangerous while driving at night, as thousands of these pits will reflect light in all directions, blinding the driver. Normally, decals and stickers can be salvaged and placed on the new windshield, but some deformation is expected.
Windshield replacement is a learned skill and specialty tools are needed to properly remove the old and set the new glass. There is a possibility of damaging the A-pillar, roof, hood, windshield mounted components and dashboard, as well as leaking air and water if the windshield is incorrectly installed. Professionals often receive lower prices on their windshields and buy the necessary products in bulk. This means that normally, the savings from DIYing this job are negligible.