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How to Properly Install a Windshield

Your windshield is a vital safety feature that helps protect occupants in a crash, but it can also be susceptible to damage from road debris and harsh climatic conditions. It is important to have your windshield repaired or replaced promptly if it becomes damaged so that it continues to provide the structural support necessary to ensure proper airbag deployment.

Several factors can indicate when windshield replacement is needed, such as the size of the crack or chip and whether it affects visibility. While most auto glass technicians can repair a small amount of damage, the windshield will need to be replaced if it has multiple large chips or a crack that extends more than three inches or covers more than half of the window area.

You can help prevent the need for windshield replacement by assessing and repairing your front windshield regularly. By doing so, you can make sure your vision is not impaired and avoid costly repairs if a crack or chip occurs. Moreover, many insurance companies cover windshield replacements, especially if you have an older vehicle with significant mileage.

The first step in the windshield replacement process is to remove the old trim that holds the windshield in place. This is often done using razor blades to loosen the seal and allow the windshield to be removed from the vehicle. Once the windshield has been removed, it should be carefully wiped down to remove any dirt or debris. This will help prepare it for the new adhesive that will be used.

A technician should then apply a urethane primer to the windshield frame and surrounding areas where it will be installed. This will ensure that the new adhesive will bond properly to the windshield. After the primer has dried, a technician should apply a continuous bead of urethane around the perimeter of the windshield. This bead should be smooth and even to ensure that the windshield will fit correctly.

Windshield installation requires careful attention to detail, particularly if your car has ADAS features such as blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning systems, or collision avoidance technology. Having your new windshield installed by a professional ensures that these sensors and cameras are calibrated to the new windshield so they work correctly and do not interfere with your driving experience.

A windshield that is not properly installed can compromise the structural integrity of the car, which could cause the roof to cave in during a crash. It can also lead to water leaks that can damage the interior and create an unhealthy cabin environment for occupants. Lastly, a poorly installed windshield can interfere with the operation of head-up display, which is a vital safety feature that can reduce driver fatigue. Fortunately, Miracle Auto Glass can install your new windshield with care to ensure that all of your vehicle’s safety features continue to function correctly. We also offer a free estimate and fast response times. Contact us today to schedule your service.


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