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Old 05-28-2022, 03:40 PM   #1
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Soooooooo bummed out!

When Lynn and I got back from Colorado last Sept. I parked the rig out in the drive as usual and within a few days I changed the oil in anticipation of our annual trip somewhere this winter. Well, things got in the way of our trip and the rig hasnt moved since the oil change. Now both of us have been in and out of it over the past months, Lynn doing a thorough cleaning and Iíve been in and out doing small maintenance items and one of them was installing a new leather wrap on the steering wheel. Well, we were out there today giving it a good exterior wash today and as I got around to the front and washing the windshield I noticed a HAIRLINE CRACK IN THE DRIVERS SIDE WINDSHIELD!!!!! I am absolutely totally stumped as to how it happened or even when it happened but it had to have happened while itís been sitting there. Iíve got no friggin idea how this could have happened and as I said, I was even up in the drivers seat for several hours installing that steering wheel wrap because it had to be laced and it took me awhile. There is absolutely no evidence of a chip or mark on the glass, no tree limbs that have fallen, no hail, no NOTHING. WTH could have caused that???? My son visited a month ago and we were at times all out there sitting and visiting and didnít notice anything. I had to look real hard at it to even tell that it is indeed a crack. It starte at the center post a couple of inches from the top, heads towards the center and then curves 90į downwards to the bottomÖ
Iím sick at my stomach.

Ok so. Ď82 310ÖÖdoes anyone know if they are even still available to buy new?
I know at one time that there is a company called Coach Glass that one could purchase from but I thought I had read on here that they are not an option anymore.

I sprayed water from the hose directly on it and it doesnít leak right now. We were planning on a short trip in the next few weeks, should we nix that idea?
I would assume it will get worse. It seems to go all the way to the center post to the bottom. Iíll take a closer look when the sun isnít so directly on it. Itís such a fine hairline crack that it looks more like a scratch than a crack. You canít feel it by running your finger over it or your fingernail doesnít catch on it inside or out.
Total bummer. No idea how this happened.

Any info is much much appreciated. Kinda makes me sick.
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Old 05-28-2022, 03:59 PM   #2
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Iíd see if itís a good candidate for filling by safelite, etc. Pretty amazing what they can do with epoxies these days.
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Old 05-28-2022, 04:58 PM   #3
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Iíd see if itís a good candidate for filling by safelite, etc. Pretty amazing what they can do with epoxies these days.
Thatís gonna be my first option
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Old 05-28-2022, 05:25 PM   #4
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Depending on the state, many states will not pass inspection with a defect in the drivers view portion of the windshield. Look forward to what you find out
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Old 05-28-2022, 05:59 PM   #5
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Iíd see if itís a good candidate for filling by safelite, etc. Pretty amazing what they can do with epoxies these days.
Be careful of that particular glass company. They have funny ďrulesĒ. They left me hanging with the windshield out of my 20 year old 540i BMW because of a 1/4Ē dia. area of surface rust on the surface the windshield mounts on. They just said ďoh, a bit of rust. We canít install the new windshieldĒ. I now canít drive the car because there is no windshield. A local company was happy to finish the job.

Granted it was an old car, but hey, doesnít everyone need a V8, 4 doors and a 6 speed manual once in their life?
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Old 05-28-2022, 06:46 PM   #6
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Depending on the state, many states will not pass inspection with a defect in the drivers view portion of the windshield. Look forward to what you find out
We don’t get our vehicles inspected here in IL

As far as Safelite goes, looks like I better get real familiar with their installation policies. My 310 is a 1982, a little rust? Ohh what are the chances ��
I guess I was thinking to ask them if it can be repaired without removing it. If I need installation of a new piece of glass I’ll be using a local company not a chain.
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Old 05-28-2022, 07:09 PM   #7
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Don’t be canceling trips. With laminated glass, the windshield will not end up in your lap. In fact, this is a great time to schedule that trip to Alaska, BEFORE replacement, because ALL the windshields in that state are cracked.
Chill, enjoy life, and get the repairs done on your terms.
PS if you go through your insurance, they will ask for details about the “ precipitating incident”. Be prepared to offer them something. You’ve already said you didn’t cause it through carelessness. That’s all they care about.
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Old 05-29-2022, 05:44 PM   #8
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My friend just replaced his windshield and side windows in a 1938 Ford truck!!!

The glass company had him cut a piece of cardboard or thin poster board to match the size. They got everything right except for the slight curve on the sides of the windshield. They took it back and have made another. He just installed it today!!
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Old 05-29-2022, 06:56 PM   #9
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Had a similar thing happen to my F150. When I looked closely it was just a little chip on the edge of the windshield. That was enough to start it down the windshield. Long cracks are very difficult to fix. I’m sure you will need a new one. Don’t quit the trip. I know it will probably bug you the entire way though. But I got to believe you can get it fixed. This isn’t the first time. Probably not be cheap though.
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Old 05-29-2022, 07:08 PM   #10
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I've had a crack start from a ding that hit the trim at the edge of the windshield just close enough to damage the glass beneath it, so check the frame. Temperature changes during the winter (especially from the sun hitting cold, tinted glass) can cause a small chip/crack to grow quickly.

I had another one caused by expansion of the glass in a frame without enough of an expansion gap. The installer will have to watch for that issue when installing the new glass.

My experience with the epoxy repairs has been limited to short cracks that they can stop from spreading by drilling a hole at the end of the crack, then filling the chip and new drill hole as much as possible.

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