- Can my windshield be repaired or do I need to replace it? Most ‘dings’ or ‘chips’ can be repaired if the damage is smaller than the size of a silver dollar, including any cracks. This could save you and your insurance company hundreds of dollars. If the break is larger, it is recommended to be replaced. Texas Auto Glass provides both services for your convenience.
- Does my windshield really protect me? Yes. Your windshield was designed as the number one safety restraint system in your vehicle. Auto manufacturers say your windshield provides up to 60 percent of the roof crush protection in a rollover accident. It also provides the backstop support for your passenger-side airbag in a front-end collision. If your windshield pops out in a collision or rollover, you could be ejected or crushed. It is important to know who’s replacing your windshield. Your life could depend on it.
- How long will it take to replace my windshield? That depends on the make and model of your vehicle. Because of the complexity of some vehicles, it could take as long as 3 hours but most vehicles require about an hour to properly install the windshield.
- How soon can I wash my vehicle? It is recommended that you wait 24 hours before washing your vehicle. There are two reasons for this. First, the high pressure from automatic car washes can damage the seal and outer molding before the urethane has a chance to cure sufficiently. Secondly, it’s important to leave at least one of your windows open at least an inch to reduce the pressurization in the vehicle when the doors are shut. This prevents the pressure inside the cabin from blowing a hole in the urethane seal, causing an air or water leak. Water on the windshield is not the concern.
- How do I clean my windows to ensure it lasts as long as possible? We recommend a non-ammonia cleaner and a soft cloth, such as a t-shirt. Be sure to read the label that it does not contain ammonia. If you use a professional window cleaner, let them know which windows are tinted.
- Can you have window tinting applied to your windows in wet or cold weather? YES! With the modern adhesive systems found in today’s window tinting products, it is possible to have your car windows tinted even in freezing weather. However, the curing time may be extended in adverse conditions. Professional installers take the weather into consideration during installation, allowing more time to apply heat to the edges of the tint to activate the drying process.
- How will window tint affect my defroster performance? Window tinting actually helps to insulate the window and helps the defroster clear the glass of frost and fog quicker.