Salt Lake City Mobile Glass & Windshield Replacement - News, articles and cooperation

Articles

Replacing Your Vehicle’s Windshield Here is Your Windshield Replacement Survival Guide

4/6/2016

Safety First

A vehicles windshield gives the tenants a hindrance from street flotsam and jetsam and the outside components. Be that as it may, the vast majority don't have a clue about a windshield is intended for basic wellbeing if there should be an occurrence of a mishap, particularly a rollover. A windshield is a vehicles third most imperative wellbeing highlight behind the safety belts, and air packs.

 

Windshields resemble ball backboards for air sacks. So on the off chance that you have a harmed windshield your air pack may not work accurately. It really may blow up out the windshield hole, instead of towards you. On the other hand it won't adsorb any weight in light of the fact that your windshield just pushes out.

 

Most shoppers don't know that when technicians supplant your windshield, there is noteworthy scratching to the "pinchweld" where the glass bonds to the auto. These scratches must be prepared utilizing paint and rust anticipation steps. They ought not just leave uncovered scratches where dampness from the outside side can make rust create.

Here are some questions you should ask your auto glass company:

Is the new glass OEM?

Did they remove the brand label on the windshield?

Does the new glass have a shade band that matches your old glass?

Is the new windshield the same color glass? (glass is actually colored, not clear)

Does your windshield have a rain sensor?

Is your windshield heated? (companies will install non-heated and charge for heated)

Does the windshield have the right bracket for your rear view mirror?

Does the new windshield have the same third visor as your old glass? (the painted black design which you can see around the rear view mirror on most cars)

Are they using a universal trim molding, or the actual trim molding part for your vehicle?

Does the company pay to fix paint scratches, if made by the auto glass technician?

Always inspect a piece of glass for scratches and distortion before it’s installed.

Types of Automotive Glass

A windshield is really two layers of glass with an overlay material between the layers, what is called "covered glass". Overlaid glass is to a great degree difficult to cut or break separated. That is the reason a vast article like a double, can affect the windshield without getting through. The quality of overlaid glass joined with legitimate attachment of the windshield to the body of the auto gives enormous quality against the rooftop breaking down in a rollover.

 

The greater part of alternate windows in your vehicle are "safety glass", which implies they break into small sections to lessen damage to the inhabitants. (a little division of vehicles have covered side and back windows too)

Windshield Urethane

Today’s vehicles use urethane as the adhesive to bond the windshield to the vehicle, like a glue. Some urethane after complete hardening which can take 2-4 weeks, can hold 500 pounds per square inch of pressure. That’s one reason why you could never simply push your windshield out. Impossible! Some urethane allows you to drive away within one hour after installing the windshield, hardening just enough to withstand vehicle accidents. When your replacement has been completed, make sure to inspect the inside of your vehicle around the edge of the glass. Make sure no urethane has oozed out into view or onto your vehicles interior. This is more common then people realize and needs to be fixed immediately before the glue hardens!

The urethane is normally heated, then applied to the glass or car body at the raised temperature. Depending on where you live or the application, they can use different kinds of urethane, even a cold temperature apply that is not heated. Temperature has a huge impact on the adhesion qualities of the windshield. I would recommend never getting your windshield replaced in temperatures lower than 55 degrees, or higher than 105 for the best results if possible. This is easy if you have the glass replaced inside of a shop or in a shaded area. Direct sunlight can heat the windshield to over 125 degrees!

Urethane does have an expiration date, so make sure you ask about this before a technician begins replacing your vehicle glass. Using expired urethane means minimal bonding power and the windshield has a chance of coming out during an impact. All urethane is made with an expiration date printed on the tubes, and if they don’t call someone else!

Paint Scratches, Rust, and Proper Windshield Installation

Deep vehicle scratches can turn into major problems later. Moisture will enter through a scratch and attack your vehicles body causing rust later. For people who live by the ocean, this can be disastrous for the structural integrity of your vehicle down the road near the windshield. If you are buying a used vehicle, make sure you check around the edge of the glass and under the trim molding for evidence of rust. Rust will spread under your paint, it is amazingly aggressive.

If the rust spreads to the “pinch weld” which is where the urethane is placed, the urethane will not bond and a windshield will leak or can even be pushed out. This can cause thousands of dollars in damage from water leaks or can even can cause death in an accident! If the rust moves into this area the technician must remove it before applying the urethane, or the vehicle must be sent to a body shop for repair.

Ensure the expert steps to prepare and repair scratches to the pichweld. There is groundwork paints, metal rust prep chemicals, and different approaches to cover scratches to lessen the appearance or spread of rust. The most imperative ranges are the place water will contact your vehicles body, particularly under the outside trim embellishment. That trim is not water fixed between the body and glass. The water seal originates from the urethane dot.

 

It is critical that you watch the establishment of your vehicle glass if conceivable, DO NOT simply leave. In the event that an expert professional can not perform the occupation while you watch, they shouldn't be chipping away at your vehicle and call another person. A specialist can bring about critical paint scratching to your outside paint work with uncalled for systems. A few even utilize nail clean or paint to shroud the harm. A few even rub soil into the scratch to make it look old! Guarantee that the professional is utilizing vehicle defensive gear like seat spreads, floor mats, tape on the auto body where it's near the glass, and a defensive mat over your hood.

 

Ensure the specialist evacuates body parts like windshield wiper arms and the cowling (situated underneath the wipers) are uprooted, if the glass edge is secured by these parts. Most technicians will basically shoot a huge amount of urethane under the cowling territory and "stuff" the glass, sliding it into the paste and under the cowling. This is to a great degree perilous! A professional doesn't know whether the urethane has made an appropriate seal, or on the off chance that it is reinforced securely. A legitimate windshield establishment requires that the glass be place straight down onto the urethane globule. Likewise this guarantees the urethane is not shot all over parts underneath the cowling like wiper gatherings and wiring.

OEM Windshields and OEM Equivalents

OEM means, original equipment manufacturer. So if your vehicle is a Honda Civic, OEM glass would be purchased from a Honda Vehicle Dealer. Draper Auto glass installers can simply order OEM glass from the dealer. Make sure the glass has the OEM label. The windshield label which is about a square inch in size, normally is located in the lower corners of the glass. Sometimes OEM glass says the actual glass manufacturer rather than the Car Dealer name. Call Sandy Windshield Replacement on what to look for.

A lot of Salt Lake City Auto Glass Companies will tell you they are installing the “OEM Equivalent” part. Because consumers don’t know what to look for, most times a glass with no label or an aftermarket part is used. Do not buy a glass when the label has been etched or removed. No one knows where it came from! Always check the label.

The only scenario in which you may find an equivalent glass, is purchasing a windshield produced by the same manufacturer which produced the OEM glass. It may even be from the same production line and mold from the OEM manufacturing!

Aftermarket Automotive Windshields

Do not be fooled into thinking an aftermarket windshield is the same as an OEM glass. Aftermarket windshields are made using reverse engineering instead of the original OEM mold and production line.

Aftermarket glass tends to have more visible light distortion when viewing the glass at an angle, and the dimensions are not exactly the same as an OEM. All glass that is bent has some level distortion yes, but it is considerably worse with aftermarket manufacturing. You may even see distortion when looking straight through aftermarket glass.

Aftermarket glass is transported through different processes than OEM glass from a dealer. A lot of OEM glass is transported covered by plastic wrapping and using strict shipping techniques, and the windshield’s edges are protected by foam wrapping. But Aftermarket glass is transported by much different practices. Most auto glass companies use no protection covering all surfaces of the glass for transport. And sometimes pieces of glass have been taken to customers locations and returned to the distributor or shop. So aftermarket glass has been handled many times!

Now I’m not saying aftermarket glass is unsafe or unfit to use at all. I’m simply stating the facts about the truth, for your education and insight. I feel you should be educated about this part of your vehicle which essentially protects your family on a regular basis.

Rain Sensors and Other Accessory Plugs Such as Heated Glass

If your vehicle has a rain sensor it should be located near the rear view mirror. A lot of times it looks like a circle, square or triangle. This option allows the windshield wipers to speed up or slow down depending on the amount of rain automatically. Make sure you get the same designed glass. If the rain sensor involves a gel patch, make sure the technician does not leave lots of air bubbles when installing it. Those air bubbles can cause the sensor to malfunction.

Some vehicles like a Land Rover, have plugs located under the interior a-pillar trim. On some convertibles like a newer Ford Thunderbird, a large portion of the interior may need to be diss-assembled to remove the interior a-pillar trim. On the Honda Ridgeline, the heater plug is located behind the glove box. Some new vehicles also have Lane Departure sensors located near the rear view mirror.

You can always find out what you need by calling your local dealer and giving them your VIN Identification number from your vehicle. If your car is important to you and you want to maintain the investment, always call your local dealer and ask for advice about your specific vehicle.

Windshield Shade Bands and Windshield Color

All auto glass has a shaded color. No windshields are completely clear. Typical shading colors are blue, green, bronze, and grey. Be sure sure to get the same color. You will see that all pieces of glass in your vehicle are the same color, excluding privacy glass and tinting.

A windshield may have a shade band across the top near the roof of the vehicle. This area is preferential. You should decide if you like it or not. It does tend to hide the edge of the interiors headliner when looking at the vehicle from the exterior. Shade bands do come in different colors but not all windshields

Most windshields can be ordered without a shade band at all. But you may find the part is actually more expensive because less people order it. Having a shade band does provide some shading in between your sun visors but it does little to drastically shade the sun. Take note the shade band will be darker at night.

Exterior Trim and Moldings

Your vehicle may have exterior trim or moldings cover the edge of the glass and/or covering the edge the car body. If the trim molding is just rubber, make sure you know what the technician is using to replace it. Some companies are now requiring that technicians use only a universal type aftermarket molding, rather than one that is specifically designed for your car. There should also be an OEM molding part available which is exactly the same as your original molding. Do note that cost for OEM is always more.

You may see plastic and/or metal trim moldings covering the edge of your windshield on the exterior. Normally these have some type of plastic or metal clips that attach them to the glass or vehicles body. Make sure the company replaces any broken clips or parts from removal of these parts. If your vehicle is older than 3 years, these parts become very brittle and damage easy. You may be warned about parts that always break, in which the company may request you also purchase that part ahead of time. You may find a lot of companies simply glue those parts back into place, rather than replacing the broken parts.

Vehicle Windshield Logo and VIN Window

On vehicles like a Ford Mustang and Ford F150, you may have a logo in the third visor above the rear view mirror. These windshields can be ordered with out the logo and are cheaper that way. Make sure you ask about your options.

Most windshields have a small narrow window for viewing of the VIN identification number near the lower drivers side portion of the glass. Make sure this window is in the right location on the glass. When the job is completed, make sure that glue has not covered the VIN, the VIN number plate has not been cut off, or that it has not been badly damaged. Police or the DMV will give you a hard time if the number is not legible or is completely missing from that location.

- See more at: http://mobileautowindshieldreplacement.com/the-windshield-replacement-survival-guide-consumer-auto-glass-education/#sthash.JpCvzM3Y.dpuf