Common Problems with Car Windshield Replacement
After getting a car window replacement, you should always keep an eye out for any kind of problems you may notice. If it was a successful installation, you will have no issues with the car windshield. But problems will occur, if the auto glass was not installed by an expert in an accurate manner.
Given below are some of the most pervasive problems that may crop up with a newly replaced car windshield glass.
Post windshield-replacement, the new auto glass should be checked to find out if it has any water leaks along its edges.
The edges of the new windshield should be sealed properly, so that there are no leaks for water drops to enter your car. If the installation was not done with a high level of accuracy, water leaks can occur. That is why it is important to conduct a leak test after a glass replacement. There are two methods you can use to examine whether the edge of the new glass has leaks: Soapy water test and Hose test. In a soapy water test, you will pour some soapy water along the edges of the glass and direct a stream of air along the edges and see if bubbles are formed on the inner side of the windshield of the car. Likewise, you can conduct a hose test using a garden hose to direct a stream of water along the edges of the windshield.
If your new auto glass has water leaks, any of these two tests will make it known. Leaks along the edges of the glass mean the technician who installed the car window glass did not do a proper and correct job. Therefore, the seal will need to be fixed in order for the water leak problem to go away.
Unusual Noise at High Speeds
Another pervasive problem with an improper windscreen replacement is strange or unusual sounds when driving at high speed. The whooshing or rattling sound that you may hear at higher speeds is actually the sound of wind entering into the gaps along the edges of the car windshield glass. This indicates a loose-fitting auto glass, which is a major safety concern and hazard.
In many cases, the strange sound is so light that you will hardly hear it. To be able to hear this sound, you will need to turn off all the electronic devices. Otherwise, the noise will be easily audible. Whichever is the case, it simply means that the auto glass installation was not done right.
Therefore, you should get in touch with the technician who installed the glass without any delay and get the problem examined.
Wavy Car Window Glass
Post-replacement, you should see a smooth and transparent windshield with no visual distortions of any kind. However, the car window glass may look wavy and blurry due to an improper glass installation.
OEM quality glass will have a crystal-clear appearance. But low quality car or SUV window glasses will not deliver the same quality as that of OEM glass or manufacturer produced automotive glass. Cheap and poor quality glass might have a wavy appearance or look blurry. If you take a closer look at the new windshield while driving, you will be able to see whether the auto glass looks smooth or wavy and blurry. If the glass is not entirely smooth, it is a sign of an improper installation and use of a below-standard replacement glass.
The imperfections in the newly installed car glass can put your life in jeopardy while on the road. That is why it is extremely important to invest in the right type of auto glass for your road safety and protection. To learn more about different types of automotive glasses, feel free to talk to one of our car glass installation specialists at SIR Auto Glass that operates in Oregon and Idaho.