Cracked Windshield

mobile windshield repairIf your vehicle’s windshield has a small chip or crack, don’t ignore it, fix it. Disregarding a small crack now could lead to bigger problems later. Windshield damage may happen unexpectedly, and should be fixed as soon as possible.

 A neglected small chip or crack can turn into a larger one, requiring more costly windshield replacement. In addition, drivers could get ticketed and fined if the crack obstructs vision.

When a vehicle owner notices a problem with their windshield, they should not wait to get it fixed. A small chip or crack can grow larger, and if another item like a rock, golf ball or baseball hits the windshield, the damage can expand quickly, compromising safety and requiring full windshield replacement.

Repairing a small chip or crack is inexpensive, easy and quick to fix, and the vehicle owner’s insurance may even pay for the repair. With simple maintenance, you can avoid a much bigger issue.

SAFETY

Your windshield is among the most important safety functions on your car. Your auto glass must all be restored and it’s essential to retain your window and in good condition at all times. Driving with a chipped or cracked windshield may put you and your passengers at risk for injury in the event of a rollover or collision.

The original purpose of a window was to maintain wind road dust, and water from entering the vehicle. This is still a crucial function of the windshield, especially when traveling at speeds which can be standard of modern automobiles. However, hail, rocks, street dirt, and other items might collide together with your glass as you travel from place to place. Usually, these effects may cause a tiny processor or bust to make. When this happens, it is vital that you own it mounted as soon as possible. So that a replacement is unnecessary many times, little chips can be fixed.

Windshield Repair and Replacement

Another purpose of a windshield and auto glass is that they allow you to really have a clear view of traffic and the street around you. Knowing of your surroundings is essential to preventing potentially hazardous conditions and operating safely. Once your windshield is broken or destroyed, your vision could possibly be hindered, putting you and others in danger.

contributing advice: Car Care Council

Preventing Glares

windshield glaresYou’re driving at night when another car’s headlights suddenly create a windshield glares. The strong lights blind you for a few seconds, putting you at risk of colliding with the vehicle in front of you or unintentionally swerving to another lane. This isn’t the first time this has happened. In fact, even in the morning when you’re driving to work you have this problem. Sunlight and just about any strong light create glares, making your driving very dangerous. Though you use the best sunglasses during daylight hours, the issue is unresolved at night. Nevertheless, the solution to this problem is simpler than you thought, and it’ll prevent you from having to go to a car glass repair shop to get this fixed. Regularly check your car’s windshield, windows, mirrors, and headlights and get them cleaned properly to prevent glares.

Clean the Windshield Inside and Out

The most important action to take in order to maintain your car’s glass, keep the glares away, and avoid going to a car glass repair shop (which can cost you a lot of money) is to start out by cleaning your windshield. Take a windshield cleaner, such as Rain-X Original Glass Treatment or Armor All Auto Glass Cleaner, and spray it over the windshield. Then, using a microfiber cloth (don’t use regular rags, towels, or sponges as they can scratch the glass), wipe the glass clean. It will sparkle like it should. Then, repeating the same process, clean the other side of the windshield from inside the car. This will remove dirt and grime that have been building up on the glass and stop windshield glares.

Clean all Windows and Mirrors

Of course, cleaning the windshield isn’t enough to remove glares. You can still get glares through your windows and mirrors, as they can reflect other cars’ headlights and obstruct your vision. Before you go to a glass repair shop, take a look at your glass. When was the last time you cleaned it properly? It’s highly necessary to clean all of your vehicle’s glass, including your rearview mirror, if you are having problems with glares.

Clean Windshield Wipers

While cleaning your windshield wipers doesn’t directly affect glares, it does help you maintain your windshield’s cleanliness, which in turn removes glares. Thus, it is crucial to regularly inspect your wiper blades and get them cleaned. Use your favorite washer fluid to wet a microfiber cloth. Then, use the cloth to wipe the windshield wipers. This will leave them in a good condition and help you keep the glass in a topnotch shape. However, if your windshield wipers are old and have cracks in them, replace them with new ones, as the old wipers can scratch at the glass and cause even more glares. At the same time, always be sure that you have enough washer fluid in your car so you can keep the windshield clean at all times.

Clean the Headlights

Finally, in order to avoid glares and not have to go to a car glass repair shop, clean your car’s headlights. This will help you view the road more clearly since other vehicles’ lights won’t outshine yours and blur your vision. There are a couple of ways to clean the headlights. While wiping them off with a car cleaner and a microfiber cloth is good—even essential—you will find that you need to do more in order to remove the yellow haze that’s on them. Therefore, what you can do is take baking soda and vinegar and combine a little bit of each in a foam cup. Then, you will dab your microfiber cloth in this homemade remedy and use it to wipe the grime and haze off of the headlights. This homemade solution can be very effective toward reducing glares.

With just these few actions, you’ll never have to deal with glares again and you won’t need to go to a car glass repair shop just to feel safe driving on the road at night or during daylight hours. It will do wonders when it comes to these irritating glares.

Replacing Windshield Wipers for Car Safety

windshield wipersWiper blades are very essential for the a car’s safety. Without them, rain would constantly beat down on the glass and put our driving visibility at risk. Though, because we use them constantly over many months, they wear out. There’s no way to avoid this no matter how carefully we use them or how much time we put into cleaning them. Thus, when it’s time to switch them out with new wiper blades, it’s crucial that all drivers learn the correct way to do so in order to protect the auto glass. Otherwise, the wiper arms might snap back against the windshield and break the glass. Here’s all you need to know:

Measuring and Purchasing the Wiper Blades

Wiper blades are only the rubber assembly portion of the windshield wipers, not the wiper arms. This means that you’re not removing everything; you’re only changing the part that’s damaged. For instance, check the rubber blades for any scratches or cuts. If you find any, then it’s time to change them. Then, measure the wiper blades by length. Make sure to measure both wiper blades, as they often have different measurements. Once you know how long each wiper blade has to be, take the measurements to an auto parts or auto glass store and purchase the new wiper blades.

Removing the Rubber Blades

To remove the rubber assembly, you should do the following in order:

  • Raise the wiper arm (one wiper at a time) away from the windshield. It is recommended that you place a towel against the windshield during this time. This willl protect the glass in case of the wiper arm snapping back into place.
  • After the wiper arm is set vertically, look for the joint that connects the rubber assembly and the wiper arm together. In this joint, you will find a small tab. This is what you have to push on in order to unlock the joint.
  • While pushing on the joint’s tab, take your other hand and use it to carefully hit down on the rubber assembly. This move will aid you in sliding the wiper blades down the wiper arm and freeing it of the arm’s hook.
  • On the other hand, if your wiper arm has a pin instead of a joint hook, all you need to do is unfasten the lock located above the pin. Then proceed to pull out the pin out of the hole that’s on the side of the wiper blade assembly.

Installing the New Wiper Blades

Installing the new wiper blades is similar to removing them. Just as you’ve unhooked the rubber assembly, you will now hook it. If the wiper arm has a hook, you will take the new wiper blades and slide them into the hook end. Pivot the wiper blades until the hook snaps into place. When you hear the snap, you can be sure that the wiper blades are secure. However, if the wiper arm has a pin instead, then just push up on the lock that’s on the rubber assembly and, while doing so, insert the pin in the hole. Then push down on the lock to secure the wiper blades into place.

Changing windshield wiper blades isn’t very complicated. Nevertheless, we recommend that you print this page and take it with to your car the next time you want to replace your wiper blades. Furthermore, it’s a good idea to examine where everything is located before you attempt to unhook or disengage anything. Figure out what kind of windshield wipers you have (hook or pin). This knowledge will help you remove the rubber assembly with ease. Then, follow the steps we’ve provided you in this blog. Just make sure that you hold the wiper arms cautiously away from the windshield at all times or at least cover the windshield with a thick towel so as to not accidentally break the auto glass. The entire process should take you no more than five minutes. It’s that easy!

Severe Driving vs. Normal Driving

pothole damageWhat driving conditions are considered Severe Driving? If you’re just an average American, you think you may fall into the normal driving conditions, right? Not necessarily. Think of it more as “ideal conditions” and “average conditions”. When you read the list, you may be surprised at what is considered severe conditions.

Severe and Normal Driving Conditions Compared

Let’s look at what is considered whether your driving habits are average or ideal.

  •  Normal (Ideal) Conditions
    • Driving at highway speed
    • Driving a long distance
    • Driving in optimal weather conditions for your engine
    • Driving in clean air with no dust
  •  Severe (Average) Conditions
    • Driving short trips of less than 5-10 miles
    • Stop and go traffic
    • Driving in temperature greatly below or above average
    • Driving in any dusty conditions
    • Idling more than recommended such as in traffic
    • Driving with a heavy load or while towing a load

According to the Car Care Council and the definition of severe and normal driving, you should consider:

  • Following the “severe” service schedule in your owner’s manual.
  • Checking fluids, including oil, and filters more frequently.
  • Having certain components such as brakes and shocks inspected more regularly.
  • Observing the speed limit. Gas mileage decreases rapidly above 60 mph.
  • Avoiding quick starts and stops. Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage.
  • Not hauling unneeded items in the trunk as extra weight will reduce fuel economy.
  • Keeping your car properly tuned to improve gas mileage.

In order to best prevent any major repair work down the road, it is important to follow your vehicle’s manufacturer suggested preventative maintenance schedule, which can vary greatly between ideal and average driving conditions. The service intervals are developed by manufacturers in order to minimize the risk of any major repairs, but they need  to be properly observed according to your actual driving habits.

Windshield Repair Mistakes

auto glass repairRealizing that your windshield helps to hold up the roof of your car, making the right decision when you have a cracked windshield is important to you as the driver and your passengers. At Low Price Auto Glass Orlando, we’ve had people come in with the most bizarre windshield repair situations. For one, those people had delayed and neglected to come to us as soon as their broken auto glass occurred. Then, they went ahead and attempted to fix the glass themselves, using the strangest, most flimsy tools at their disposal. We were so shocked at what we saw, that we just had to share it with you so you don’t make the same mistakes. These people had believed advice strangers had given them, but you should be extra cautious when you fall in the same situations with your vehicle’s glass.

Take a look at the worst advice for repairing auto glass:

cracked windshield#1) Tape Can Hold Together Anything, Including Your Broken Windshield

Let’s be clear, tape, no matter in what form, is not going to fix your broken windshield. Adhesive tape is so delicate that you can literally tear it up with your own fingers. Now imagine if you use that tape to hold together a windshield with a chip. Rain can easily soften the tape’s hold on the glass. Even duct tape, which is certainly thicker and bigger, won’t help you. You have a large, heavy windshield in comparison to a piece of tape. It’s not going to hold, and the chip will expand into a crack that then turns into many fissures. Totally not worth it!

#2) Super Glue Permanently Fixes Things, So Why Not the Glass?

cracked windshieldSuper glue, no matter how strong, is not literally permanent. It does have many benefits, such as putting back together the handle on your favorite coffee mug that you accidentally broke. However, when it comes to broken auto glass, you have to remember that you have a big windshield that’s holding up a heavy car roof. That super glue is only going to create a sticky mess that’s going to be impossible to remove later. And guess what that’ll do? That’ll create a blurry windshield with many light glares. Now, isn’t it better to just go to the professionals before all this mess happens?

#3) Nail Polish Makes Nails Strong, So It Has to Work on Windshields!

This advice is so ridiculous, we’re not sure why anyone actually believed it. Nail polish is definitely not going to fix your broken auto glass. Think about it. When someone puts nail polish on their fingernails, it keeps their nails strong for a few days. At first, the color is sparkly and neat, but then it starts to get dull, and that’s when you notice the first chip. Nail polish then peels off, and nails are back to their normal strength. As a result, nail polish is not going to be any different on windshields. It might last for a day or two, but it certainly won’t make a difference. It’ll peel off after being exposed to rain and the harsh heat, and the chip will still turn into a big crack.

#4) There are Special Band-Aids for Windshields That You Can Always Use

Some geniuses out there decided that a great way to fool people into giving them lots and lots of money is to create “special” Band-Aids for windshields.  Let’s be frank, this is just another form of translucent tape, and it’s not going to hold up a heavy, broken windshield. Don’t listen to these advertisements. Be wise and realize that all of this is just a means to strip you of your money.

A broken auto glass needs to be repaired by an expert rather than get fixed with tools that an eight year old uses in his school’s arts and crafts project. Therefore, don’t hesitate to go to a professional auto glass shop, or you might end up facing worse repairs. When you see a chip in your windshield, take immediate action. It’s the best way to protect yourself and your passengers.

Windshield – It All Began By Accident

The invention of shatter-resistant glass has brought numerous positive changes to the automobile industry. The history of shatterproof/safety glass is one that started with a revolutionary discovery. It all began by accident. No really – the creation of shatter-proof glass happened by accident.

French Chemist Edouard Benedictus had an assistant who had failed to remove the residual cellulose nitrate solution from a glass flask that had previously been filled with it. When the chemist accidentally dropped his glass flask, the broken glass adhered to a thin layer of plastic that had formed inside the container from cellulose nitrate. This same chemist went on to create the life-saving buffer found in the bullet-proof glass.

The Timeline

  • The 20s – the placement of laminated glass in stylish vehicles like the famous Hudson Roadster and the classic Oldsmobile. Still, laminate windshield inclusion played a pivotal role in the popularity found in vehicle safety features.
  • The 30s – tempered glass became another available option. Laminate windshields had made their way into the standard features of many vehicles and were quickly gaining interest. In 1937, federal regulations required the use of safety glass in automobiles.
  • The 50’s – laminate windshields increase. The bubbles that formed in the laminate during the heating process had become a safety concern instead of a safety feature. In 1959, the emergence of float glass created a durable safety barrier.
  • The 60’s was revolutionized by something called the Pilkington Process. This process involves floating, heating, and molding molten mixtures of silica, water and other ingredients in controlled chambers and is still used today.
  • The 70’s – safety became a huge consideration for vehicle makers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was created to regulate on-the-road vehicles.
  • Today – Our current auto-glass windshields are made of three layers of materials. Two layers of tempered glass and one sheet of Polyvinyl butyral are fused seamlessly together to create flexible, durable windshields. We continue to improve on auto-glass window safety.

Did you know?

The word “Windshield” is used in North America while “Windscreen” is used in Australia and the British Isles to describe the auto glass in the front of an automobile..

 

Windshield Safety

windshield glaresOn a normal day, drivers don’t think about their windshield unless it’s dirty. But during a crash, would your windshield stay in place? It should if it’s made with laminated glass. For windshield safety, you should know why your windshield is important.

Your windshield is a important part of the safety system of your car. It keeps the roof from crushing in a rollover and allows airbags to deploy to cushion passengers. It also prevents you and your passengers from being ejected in an accident. According to the Auto Glass Safety Council, the windshield provides up to 45% of the structural integrity of the car in case of a rollover. Therefore it is important that your windshield be installed properly.

When your windshield gets a large crack, it’s obvious that you need a new windshield but sometimes there are less obvious reasons to have your windshield checked.

  • A branch or stone may have hit your windshield but there are no visible signs of cracks. Even though you don’t see it, there may be trauma to the integrity of the windshield.
  • The same road debris that could have cracked your windshield could cause pitting, which are small (almost invisible) marks. These can be dangerous to the driver’s visibility especially when driving at night. These “pits” can reflect light including the high beams of an oncoming car.
  • If you see a white haze forming on the edges of your windshield, it’s time to have a professional check it. This haze can indicate that the coating is starting to come off. With this compromised, even a minor accident can cause the windshield to break and scatter shards inside your vehicle.

For your safety and the safety of your passengers, it’s a good idea to have any concerns checked out by a professional windshield repair specialist.

 

Need a Windshield Replacement?

windshield tintingYou are having a great day at Walt Disney World in Orlando. It is the most magical place on earth. You and your kids are happy and nothing can ruin your day, except for a damaged windshield. What do you do then? Below are actions you must take if a fun Disney day leads to an unfortunate car windshield replacement:

Take a Photo of Your Windshield

The first step is taking a photo of your damaged windshield. This helps you have something to show your insurance when they ask for a detailed description of the damage. Plus, it is always a smart idea to have proof of the damage in case something happens that makes the insurance refuse to pay for a car windshield replacement.

Measure the Damage

The next step should be measuring the damage. You are probably thinking, what would measuring a crack have to do with replacing it? The answer is simple. To know whether you need a repair or a replacement, you need to know what size it is. For instance, a big crack splitting in many directions means the windshield needs a replacement. On the other hand, a small chip can simply be repaired. If the damage is less than six inches long, then a repair is most likely all you need. Although, if the damage is longer than six inches, your windshield will need a replacement.

File an Insurance Claim

Once you have taken a photo and measured the crack, you will need to file an insurance claim. Many auto glass repair shops, like LP Auto Glass Orlando, deal with your insurance for you, so you do not have to stress yourself any more. However, in the case that you cannot get an auto glass repair shop to file a claim with your insurance on your behalf, you must do it yourself. Usually, if you have a comprehensive coverage that covers your glass claim, then the repair shop covers you for a car windshield replacement.

Call LP Auto Glass Orlando and Ask for a Mobile Repair Service

Lastly, be sure to call LP Auto Glass Orlando and ask for a mobile repair or replacement service. We can come to you as long as you are within 30 miles of the Orlando area. So, if you’re stuck with a windshield damage at Disney, we have you covered!

Do not let your Disney day go bad because of a windshield damage. With these steps, you will have an easy car windshield replacement process.

Why LP Auto Glass Orlando?

mobile windshield repairAll car glass repair shops are the same, right? Wrong! What makes a car glass repair shop Orlando stand out is its level of quality, strong customer service, fairness of prices, and its promise to you. If it does not have any of those, it is not a professional shop. Getting the job done is not the same as getting it done the right way for an affordable price. That is why LP Auto Glass Orlando is the best in Central Florida.

We Use Only Original Parts

At LP Auto Glass Orlando, when we replace your old, broken windshield or window with a new one, we always make sure that it is an original part. We never use old or used glass. In fact, we carry a large inventory of glass to complete each of our customer’s needs. Our car glass repair can occur here at our facility or at your location within a 45-mile radius in the Orlando Metro area. This ensures that you only receive high-quality car glass parts that are sturdy and can last for a long time.

Affordable Prices

We are not called low price for nothing. When you come to our shop, you will get the best service around for a fair price. We will never increase our prices, and we always make sure that we charge you less than other car glass shops.

We Service Five Different Counties in Florida

Whether you live in Orange, Seminole, Lake, Volusia, or Osceola County, LP Auto Glass Orlando is readily available to service you in all your car glass needs. You will not need to go to a pricey car glass repair shop while we are around.

We Can Come to You

Another great reason to rely on LP Orlando is our mobile service, which comes to you. For instance, if your car’s glass is in a terrible shape that makes driving your car dangerous, you can easily call us. We will drive straight to you. This service is recommended to make sure you stay safe while still receiving the best car repair

You Receive a Lifetime Warranty with Us

When you get a car glass repair at LP Auto Glass Orlando, you receive a lifetime warranty with us. If anything occurs to the same glass that we repaired, we will repair it once more on us. This way, you will never have to worry about us doing a half-decent job. We will fix your glass anytime it experiences problems.

We Will Not Rest until You Are Satisfied

Not only is the service at LP Orlando affordable and has a lifetime warranty, it is also 100% satisfaction guaranteed. If you do not like the job or repair on your car’s glass, we will work on it again until you are happy with the work. We would never let you go home with a bad car glass repair or replacement. You can speak up your mind, tell us all your concerns, and we will be sure to get everything fixed just the way that it should be done.

LP Auto Glass Orlando has the best, highest-quality services at affordable prices and always goes above and beyond to make customers happy.

Windshield Wiper Maintenance

windshield wipersWindshield wipers are constantly overlooked when it comes to maintaining a car’s health. Drivers inspect tires, lights, and brakes and change the oil of their cars when necessary; they even make sure to keep their windshields clean so their visions aren’t obstructed while driving. These are matters that they rarely neglect. Nevertheless, drivers forget that windshield wipers are also important to take care of and examine from time to time. At the end of the day, it is windshield wipers that can enhance or diminish the condition of auto glass. They were invented to keep rain out of your windshield so you can drive safely, but without the proper care, they could damage the glass and put you and the lives of others in danger while you’re on the road. So here’s what you can do to uphold your windshield wiper maintenance in their prime months:

How long should you keep windshield wipers?

Over many months of regular use, windshield wipers can deteriorate. It’s simply in their nature, and there’s no way around it. You should never keep old wipers in action, even if you think they can last a little longer. With the sun constantly striking and rain taking its toll on auto glass, windshield wipers eventually need to be replaced, and if you continue their use, you could be prompting your windshield to get scratched or, worse yet, cracked. So, how long do windshield wipers usually last before becoming destructive? It all depends on how much strain your wipers have dealt with; though, usually, wiper blades (the rubber portion that touches the glass) last somewhere around six months to a year. So you should never keep your windshield wipers longer than that.

Signs that you should replace your windshield wipers

Obviously, if your windshield wipers get damaged earlier than the approximate six months to a year that they’re supposed to last, you should replace them then instead of wait. Some signs that it’s time to replace your windshield wipers are noticeable rough cuts and cracks as well as worn rubber, which can occur from constant use, the drying sun, and air debris. For this reason, it’s important to inspect your windshield wipers on a regular basis by making sure nothing looks out of place or frayed. At the same time, while in use, pay attention to the sounds your windshield wipers make. For instance, do they vibrate against the auto glass or make a lot of scratching noise? If these occur, it is definitely time to replace them since relying on them can really damage the glass.

How to clean your windshield wipers and what not to do

While you can’t avoid their decline due to rain, sunlight, and old age, you can take care of your windshield wipers so that they last for as long as possible and protect your auto glass. The best way to ensure they remain in a great condition is to clean them. You can do so when you fill up on gas. Most gas stations have free windshield cleaning tools that you can use to rinse off dirt. So, every time you go to a gas station, make sure to clean your windshield, paying special attention to the surface underneath the wipers, as that can cover a lot of grime. Additionally, if you travel to a location outside of Florida where you encounter snow, remove the snow off your windshield manually rather than by using your windshield wipers, or else you could lose your wipers then and there and end up breaking the glass in the process.

Preserving your car’s windshield wipers is very essential. With these simple tips, you’ll have clean, durable wipers that keep your vision clear during rain on top of helping you protect your windshield and stay safe. Just remember to frequently check on your windshield wipers’ condition just as you would any other component of your vehicle. Moreover, get yourself in the habit of cleaning under your car’s wipers and all over the windshield when you’re at gas stations, and you’ll positively be golden.