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What You Should Know About Auto Glass Cracks & Your Car

Posted in Windshield Repair, on September 14, 2021

Cracks in your windshield can unexpectedly show up any time of the day. You could be driving down the highway on a hot sunny day, maybe you've parked your car, or you're waiting out an intense summer storm. Whatever the cause, a crack in your windshield requires immediate auto glass repair. Contrary to what you may think, a crack in your windshield does happen for a reason, whether it's from stress, extreme weather, or improper installation. 

Once there is a crack in your windshield, it can seriously affect the structural integrity of your car and even make it unsafe to drive. The wisest and safest decision is to avoid driving. If you require window crack repair, MRM Auto Glass has a mobile glass repair service, where we can come to you to maximize convenience and safety.

Here are the different types of windshield cracks and how you can safely respond to them.

How Windshield Cracks Occur?

windshield crack, auto glass repair serviceThere are a few different types of windshield cracks that you can experience: stress cracks, rock chips, and cracks due to extreme weather.

A stress crack is the most difficult to predict; it occurs without anything hitting the windshield. It can be caused by improper windshield installation, structural weakness, and even dramatic temperature fluctuations. For instance, if your car was sitting in direct sunlight and you put the air conditioner on blast right away, it can make your vehicle vulnerable to cracks in your windshield. It's not just when the temperature is hot outside but also in the freezing winter months. Rather than trying to melt the ice off your car by pouring hot water on it — and resulting in the need for auto glass repair — use a scraper or melt it with cold water. Unlike rock chips and other significant windshield damage, no glass actually comes off your windshield when a stress crack happens; it's simply a result of pressure changes.

A crack in your windshield may also be a result of natural disasters and unexpected weather. A simple chip from flying debris can quickly develop in a massive crack, requiring immediate attention and window crack repair. If there's an incoming weather system that may include hail, torrential downpours, or high winds, the safest thing for you and your windshield is to stay off the road.

The Safe Response to Repairing Your Windshield

It's essential to fix broken auto glass, no matter how minor of a crack may seem. Although it may look like repairs can wait, the damage will continue to spread throughout your windshield. If an extended amount of time has passed, simple windshield repair may not be possible. Due to the accumulation of dirt and dust, it's incredibly difficult to repair it; in this case, a replacement is often necessary. 

Most importantly, don't compromise your safety when you have a cracked windshield. Driving will only add stress, as the damage spreads your vision will become increasingly compromised and your vehicle will become more vulnerable.

Be smart, be safe, and don't drive with a cracked windshield. Find a company that makes your security a priority and comes to you. Here at MRM Auto Glass, you can depend on our team to ensure your safety and repair your auto glass.

Contact MRM Auto Glass today to book your fast, high quality windshield repair.

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