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Auto Glass Repair Mistakes

Realizing 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. You’ll be glad in the end.

Precautions Against Rain Protects Windshields

car glass repairPrevent Windshield Repair – Rain isn’t the most terrible element people encounter while driving. Snow, thunder, and hail are much worse. For instance, snow can cause tires to swerve, forcing the driver to be in a dangerous situation that could harm him and other people on the road. Hail, too, can be a dreadful element when people are driving. It could chip or crack the car glass, making the windshield unstable. However, while people can’t exactly take precautions against these three elements, they can take precautions against rain. Rain is somewhat calmer than snow, thunder, and hail, but heavy rain, particularly during a big storm, can be just as threatening. In the midst of a rainstorm, the one thing drivers usually do is turn their windshield wipers on maximum speed. Doing so causes immense friction against the glass, which can lead it to a  scratched or broken windshield. Therefore, it’s important to protect your car glass prior to facing rain in order to prevent a windshield repair.

Making Sure Wiper Blades are In Working Condition 

When you have the time, examine your car’s windshield wipers and make sure they are functioning. Wiper blades play a major role in maintaining the windshield. If they’re getting old and you can clearly see cracks and tears in the rubber, they could scratch the glass when you put them to use. Thus, if you’re driving during a heavy storm and your wipers are in an awful condition, you could be destroying your windshield right there and then, one movement at a time.

What you need to do: Don’t neglect your windshield wipers. Look at them closely once a month and any time after you drive in a storm. Search for cuts and worn rubber, and if you find any, replace the wipers with new ones. The life expectancy of wiper blades usually varies somewhere from six months to a year. As long as you inspect them regularly and don’t keep them longer than they are meant to last, you’d be guarding your glass from getting broken and needing a windshield repair.

Keeping Car Glass Clean

Although cleaning your car glass doesn’t directly affect rain, it does maintain your windshield wipers, which, in turn, keeps the glass strong and secure during rain. Otherwise, if you leave the glass dirty, then the wiper blades will also become dirty, making them more prone to cracks and tears in the rubber. Then, the next time it rains, you’d be using worn out wiper blades to shield the glass, but you’d be causing damage instead.

rainrepelInvesting in a Rain Repellent

This precaution is not necessary, but it is highly recommended if you want to do everything you can to avert a windshield repair. Using a windshield rain repellent helps you ward off rain without needing to set your wipers to maximum speed. In fact, with a rain repellent treatment, you might not even need to use your wipers at all. The rain repellent usually does a great job of improving your visibility during rain. Rain-X is a well-known rain repellent product in the market.

What you need to do: You can spray the rain repellent on the glass (the windshield and other windows) and then wipe the excess off. It’s pretty easy using a rain repellent.

parkingParking Cautiously

How do you park cautiously and how does that defend your car glass from rain? The answer is simple. When you park your car, check your surroundings. Make sure that your car isn’t directly underneath a tree with a weak tree branch that could fall easily. Take a look at anything that could harm your vehicle, even if it’s sunny out and the weather is nice. For all you know, while you’re away, a bad rain could ensue and wreck your car glass. So taking this precaution is an added safety measure.

Taking these precautions against rain certainly will help you avoid a windshield repair. Plus, these recommendations are easy to follow and don’t take long to do. Consequently, there’s really no reason to allow rain to ruin your car glass.

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Tire Rotation

Tire rotation is important to help make sure that your tires are in good condition and functioning properly, they should to be checked and rotated regularly — typically every 5,000 to 10,000 miles. Since many manufacturers have different recommendations for tire rotation, consult your owner’s manual or instructions specific to your vehicle. It’s also important to know that tires can wear differently depending on their location on your car. For example, your front tires work with the steering wheel to turn your car. All of the turning and extra friction may result in sections of your tires wearing out at different rates. Routinely rotating your tires may help them wear more evenly.

In addition, tires can get out of balance, since oftentimes a tire may not be perfectly round or its weight may not be distributed evenly. The result can be uneven wear patterns that could affect the performance of your vehicle. By rotating your tires from front to rear or left to right, the wear pattern may even out, helping to extend the life of your tires.

How To Properly Rotate Your Tires

The correct way to rotate your tires depends on the type of vehicle, says Pep Boys. Here’s a basic guide with an explanation below:

How to Rotate Directional/Asymmetrical Tires

Directional/asymmetrical tires have both the v-shaped tread pattern to help discharge water and the asymmetrical outer tread of dry weather tires, according to Pep Boys. They are designed to rotate in one direction, front to rear.

How to Rotate Non-Directional Tires

Non-directional tires are not to be used only on one side of the vehicle, like directional tires are. These tires are designed to rotate in either direction (front to back, side to side) often utilizing the forward-cross pattern.

When to Use the Rearward-Cross Pattern

This pattern features rotating tires from rear to front, then from left front to right rear and right front to left rear. Typically, this pattern is utilized by vehicles with rear wheel drive, four wheel drive and all wheel drive and requires non-directional tires.

When to Use the Forward-Cross Pattern

The front tires are rotated to the rear, then left rear to right front and right rear to left front. Typically, this pattern is utilized by vehicles with front wheel drive.

When to Use the Front-to-Rear Pattern

The most common rotation configuration for today’s vehicles, this pattern is used for directional tires which are rotated front to rear on both sides.

When to Use the Side-to-Side Pattern

This pattern is typically used when the front and rear tires are different sizes and are non-directional. Both the front and rear tires are rotated to the opposite side.

While you can rotate your own tires if you have the proper tools, this is one job that you may want to consider leaving to a professional. Not only is it typically safer, but many auto shops will offer the service for free or at a discounted rate as part of routine maintenance tasks like oil changes. Then, with your routine tire rotation checked off your list, you can hit the road with the knowledge that your car’s tires are in proper position.