A cracked windshield not only has the potential to impair a driver’s vision, it can also detrimentally damage the structural integrity of the glass. It is crucial to take even the most superficial looking damage seriously, as there is the potential to compromise your safety in the event of a collision. Federal regulations state that you cannot drive with a windshield crack or chip larger than 3/4 inch in diameter, two cracks within three inches of each other, intersecting cracks, or cracks directly in the driver’s view.
What to do if you have a cracked windshield
If your windshield is cracked, we suggest bringing your vehicle in for the professionals at Liberty Collision to examine, immediately. Early repair is critical to preventing further damage and mitigating potential accidents. Being proactive about your windshield repair can save you from a dangerous, costly catastrophe. Our experienced technicians have the skills and tools needed to replace your windshield safely.
If the damage to your windshield does not fall in the Federal Regulation parameters, it is still best practice to have your vehicle safety examined. Contact Liberty Collision Reno with any of your safety concerns! Whether your vehicle has developed a stress crack from temperature fluctuations, been shattered by a jarring head-on collision, or acquired a chip from a pebble hitting it in just the wrong spot on 580, Liberty Collision has you covered. For how invasive this procedure is, it is surprisingly efficient. In fact, most windshield replacements only take between a half hour to an hour to complete. During a replacement, two of our professional technicians will remove your damaged windshield, apply an adhesive sealant to the mounting area for installation and carefully replace it with the new windshield.
How to prepare your car for a windshield replacement
After safely getting your vehicle off the road, we advise calling your insurance company. Depending on your circumstances and particular policy and/or provider, your windshield replacement may be covered in full, in part, or not at all by your Windshield Replacement. Contact your insurance company immediately after windshield damage to determine your coverage, potential financial liability, and other obligations.
After scheduling your appointment with Liberty Collision, leave your windshield alone! Once your windshield is damaged, it’s more prone to additional damage. Anything you do to it could damage it more, which could seriously change both the nature and cost of the work needed and the nature of your insurance claim, including whether it’s covered. Do not poke at or investigate it, try to remove any broken/hanging glass, attempt to fix/patch it or wash it.
The process of windshield replacement
1. Removing the old Trim
2. Removing the Windshield
3. Cleaning Out and Preparing the Pinch Weld
4. Applying Urethane
5. Installing the New Windshield
Benefits of using Liberty Collision for your windshield replacement needs
When your windshield is damaged, do you get it fixed or replaced? Often, windshield chips or cracks smaller than the size of your hand can be repaired. However, if the chip or crack permeates the lamination, the windshield will have to be replaced. A cracked windshield can be very dangerous and it is important to get it fixed as soon as possible.
After our glass specialists have assessed the damage and determined if your windshield needs to be repaired or replaced, we will provide you with a job estimate. Don’t wait to fix your chipped or cracked windshield and risk further damage!
Contact information for Liberty Collision
If you have a broken windshield, bring your vehicle to Liberty Collision in Reno! Call Us Today: (775) 329-3368