The windshield does not belong with the ‘mysterious’ under hood components and seems to be transparent in its use, however its importance cannot be understated.
Windshield glass is a type of laminated glass. It consists of two layers of special composite glass with a laminate in between the layers.
The laminate usually is made from a form of vinyl plastic, which is in simple terms, a very strong plastic. The laminate acts as a sticking board for the inner and outer layer of glass, which serves to hold both layers together and provides a surface in the event of shattering for glass fragments to adhere to.
Original manufacturer's windshield placement is a highly robotic and computer-controlled process in the assembly line of automobile manufacturing. Computerized alignment and placement procedures ensure that both molding and windshield are accurately fitted.
As with many car component problems, windshield repair is required immediately if there is damage. Due to the specialized manufacturer’s installation and testing, the best scenario would be to keep the original glass in place. If the damage is a minor chip or crack, this is possible. If a crack has spidered, or a larger object has severely cracked your windshield it means it is time for an investment in a new windshield.
If caught early enough the good news is that a simple chip or little crack can likely be repaired by DIY methods. If you are not comfortable doing this yourself, then we suggest visiting a windshield repair shop immediately.
Many people doubt the value of a chip repair. However, if not handled immediately, the problem can become worse.
It may look impenetrable, but when subjected to road and temperature stress, the chip can easily become a crack. If the crack spiders you may be required to buy a new windshield costing you hundreds of dollars.
A new windshield is still not the worst thing that could happen. Windshields play essential roles in vehicle safety and drivability.