Windshields are the most popular insurance claim, and it’s one of the reasons why auto insurance costs have risen across the country. They are more easily damaged than other sections of a vehicle. Damaged windshields are a safety problem since they obstruct your vision of the road and any additional pressure can cause it to shatter, which is why car owners should have it fixed as soon as possible.
If you’ve recently had your windshield replaced because of damage or scratches on the surface, there are a few things you can do to make sure it lasts as long as possible.
ACTIONS TO TAKE AFTER THE REPLACEMENT OF A WINDSHIELD
Your new windshield is especially vulnerable during the first 48 hours. It must be safeguarded in order to avoid being harmed. Once you get a new windshield fitted, follow these guidelines:
DON’T DRIVE AROUND RIGHT AWAY
A urethane-based glue is used to hold a new windshield in place. It takes a long time for this adhesive to dry. It’s risky to drive your car if the glue hasn’t fully set. The windshield could break if it moves out of its groove.
Make sure you don’t drive your car for at least two hours after getting a new windshield installed. It’s preferable to wait until the next day to let this glue dry and cure.
DO NOT SLAM THE DOOR
The pressure inside an automobile fluctuates as the doors are opened and closed. When you slam the doors shut, the pressure increases even greater. Slamming the doors can apply pressure on the windshield, pulling it out of place and exposing it to harm because the glue isn’t entirely dried. To avoid this, make sure the doors are closed softly and that there are no sudden pressure changes.
REMOVE YOUR HANDS FROM THE TAPE
While the adhesive dries and cures, an adhesive tape is put to the windshield to keep it in place. Another vital function of this tape is to keep dust and debris out of the seal, which would otherwise undermine its integrity. For a day or two, don’t remove the tape. Remove the tape gently a few days after installation.
Wait a few days following the windshield installation to have any car wash services performed. Don’t try to accomplish it on your own. While the water will not harm the seal, the water’s tremendous pressure may puncture it.
FOR 24 HOURS, LEAVE THE WINDOW OPEN A CRACK
The air inside the car expands as the temperature rises during the day. As a result, extra pressure is exerted to your windshield, which may cause it to slide from its original position. Keep the window cracked open to allow the air to exit while maintaining the pressure within the car.