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Old 12-02-2008, 07:04 PM   #1
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Rock hit my windshield

Hi AS gang
Well......it finally happened to me.
While driving home this past weekend a tiny...tiny rock hit my TV windshied and put a small crack in it. It's less than half an inch.
I searched the web and learned that it can be fixed for about 100 bucks.
After it's fixed can you still see a crack? Do they just fill it and buff it? do they buff the whole crack out?
I've never had to do this before so I'm very curious.
Thanks in advance for the info.
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Old 12-02-2008, 07:12 PM   #2
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I have a star which was repaired and it's barely noticable on our truck. I can still see it because I know it's there but you have to look real hard to find it. They used a filler.
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Old 12-02-2008, 07:47 PM   #3
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Hi AS gang
Well......it finally happened to me.
While driving home this past weekend a tiny...tiny rock hit my TV windshied and put a small crack in it. It's less than half an inch.
I searched the web and learned that it can be fixed for about 100 bucks.
After it's fixed can you still see a crack? Do they just fill it and buff it? do they buff the whole crack out?
I've never had to do this before so I'm very curious.
Thanks in advance for the info.
Dennis
Dennis depends on where the crack is.
If it is in the drivers direct field of view most insurance companies will replace the windshield. If it real low wait. It may grow all the across the windshield. Ask me how I know.
If if it over on the passengers side, leave it, it will give them some to focus on other than your driving .
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Old 12-02-2008, 08:10 PM   #4
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Hi AS gang
Well......it finally happened to me.
While driving home this past weekend a tiny...tiny rock hit my TV windshied and put a small crack in it. It's less than half an inch.
I searched the web and learned that it can be fixed for about 100 bucks.
After it's fixed can you still see a crack? Do they just fill it and buff it? do they buff the whole crack out?
I've never had to do this before so I'm very curious.
Thanks in advance for the info.
Dennis
Dennis,
I had one on the Jeep's windshield (we all get one sooner or later) that was repaired right in the driveway..It took maybe an hour or less and, when it was all done..You could not tell it had been dinged before.
I think it depends on the "right" person doing the work.
Good luck~
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Old 12-02-2008, 08:27 PM   #5
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Hi AS gang
Well......it finally happened to me.
While driving home this past weekend a tiny...tiny rock hit my TV windshied
I've never had to do this before so I'm very curious.

Dennis
Dennis, have you never driven before?

When we commuted via an interstate every day years ago, we'd have to replace one or two a year. Some could be filled. We've gotten dings, cracks, stars all over the US and Canada. If we don't get any of those, there are numerous little pits after a couple of years—you see them when the sun is low and then you can't see much beyond the windshield.

You must have a force field around you that temporarily failed. Of course, it's worse where they use sand (more like pea gravel in Colorado) on the roads in the winter. In the last 8 years, we must have had to replace 4 or 5 windshields even though we don't travel on an interstate very much anymore. On the interstate the speed of travel gets that stuff hitting very hard.

If you have a high deductible on comprehensive insurance, sometimes they'll pay to have the ding filled. Get it done fast before the ding gets dirt in it or even filled, you'll still see it.

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Old 12-02-2008, 09:10 PM   #6
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Dennis,

Most insurance companies will fix your windshield for free. It's cheaper for them to pay for the repair than to pay for the WS less deductible. USAA has had this policy for years. I would check before trying it myself. It is not counted as a claim against your policy ( or at least that's what they claim).
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Old 12-03-2008, 12:21 AM   #7
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A friend of mine has a fleet of 25 vehicles, and has had this kind of repair done for years. Works fine, lasts virtually forever.

Your windshield is actually two layers of glass, sandwiched between them is a glue like substance that keeps the windshield from shattering - into the faces of the driver and front seat passenger - in an accident. The small crack normally only goes through the first layer of glass, so that is drilled off, then a filler that hardens is used to fill the void.

Pretty inexpensive, and most insurers will pay for the repair with no deductible rather than pay for the windshield. Get it done soon before the crack spreads. In very hot weather, make sure you leave a window cracked so that the pressure doesn't spread the crack.
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Hi Dennis,

We have a vendor that comes to all the dealers here in Santa Rosa. She fixes them all day long. The hotter the weather the better. There cant be any moisture on the windsheild to perform the repair. The resins are so good these days you really cant even see where the repair was made. The resin will also stop the star from spreading. No drama. Been very foggy and wet these mornings so it will have to dry up a bit or keep the car inside the garage so when they arrive its ready for the repair..

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Old 12-03-2008, 09:47 AM   #9
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You can buy the repair kit for chips off of JCWhitney online. My insurance covers our chips, but I had an owl hit the window one night, and it was only $210 to get a new window put in, and the guy came to our house.

You can get a small drill and drill the end of the crack to stop it going further. If it's in your line off sight you will still see it when fixed..

Living in colorado, all my cars have dings in the windshield, part of life..
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Old 12-03-2008, 11:08 AM   #10
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If you have full coverage insurance on your TV, call the insurance comapny. In most states, the insurance company will repair or replace a damaged windshield with zero deductible. That way, you can let a pro handle it, and get a small return on those premiums you've been paying for years.
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Old 12-03-2008, 11:35 AM   #11
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Thanks for the info!
I guess I'll call my insurance company right now to see if they cover the repair.
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Old 12-03-2008, 12:24 PM   #12
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Everything should be so easy

I called AAA about my windshield
They transfered me to "Safelite Solutions"
It's an auto glass company that takes care of their "glass claims"
Took all of my information and is sending someone out tomorrow to fix my windshield.
No out of pocket expense
They're sending "Safelite" to fix it and the work is guaranteed for the life of the truck.
Thanks again for the info!
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Old 12-03-2008, 12:49 PM   #13
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Dennis, you've got better insurance than we do. Windshield coverage costs more than a windshield here, so we chose high deductible comprehensive. Your state probably has a more consumer oriented insurance dept. than we do here. Still can't believe you've never had a ding before. I wish I could say that. Some people believe the windshields are not as strong as they used to be and that's especially true with some replacement ones, so they go bad faster. Check to see if Safelite is using OEM (original equipment) windshield as they are usually better than others.

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Old 12-03-2008, 01:32 PM   #14
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I had a rock chip in the windshield of my Pathfinder and I had a local windshield service come to my house and install a completely new windshield for less than $200.
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