Tips For When You First Get A Windshield Chip
Let me guess? You’re driving along the road, listening to a good song, dreaming about that warm beach in Mexico when all of a sudden… BANG! A rock just smacked your windshield and left a nice windshield chip for you stare at on your drive home. It sucks but in most cases, these annoying rock chips can be repaired!
Here are a few tips for when you get a new chip in your windshield
Clean the damaged area and put tape over top of the windshield chip
Putting tape over top of the damaged area will help prevent dirt, dust and moisture from entering inside the rock chip, which will lead to a more effective and successful repair. This is only a temporary solution until you have the time to have your windshield repaired. Do not assume that your chip will not get worse. It’s not a matter of IF but WHEN your windshield chip spreads out. Prolonging the repair will only cost you more time and money in the long run.
Take your vehicle to a windshield repair shop immediately
As much as those windshield repair kits (DIY kits) do a great job, we recommend the use of these kits in a dire emergency. A professional windshield repair technician with the proper equipment, tools and expertise will always do a better job than a DIY kit.
If you can’t get the windshield chip repaired right away, do your best to drive the vehicle less
This causes less vibrations in the windshield. Avoid hitting potholes, speed bumps, curbs or anything else that could cause pressure on the chip to spread out. Avoid car washes and high-pressure power washers until you have the damage repaired.
Avoid extreme temperature or pressure changes
Avoid parking directly in the sunlight for long periods of time. DO NOT use the a/c in the summer or the windshield defrost in the winter when you have a chip. Sudden changes in temperature will put strain on the chip and will typically lead to a crack out across your windshield. Do your best to resist from slamming the doors, trunks, hatches, hood, etc; as this can also lead to chips spreading out.
Hopefully this list helped with a few tips for what to do when a rock hits your windshield. It’s always best to get your windshield repaired as soon as possible but we understand that everyone is busy.
If you’re in need of a windshield chip repair in the Edmonton and the surrounding area, please do not hesitate to contact Dynamo Windshield Repair. https://dynamorepair.ca/