Signs Your Windshield was Incorrectly Installed
Posted in Windshield Replacement, on March 12, 2020 By Admin
When it comes to windshield replacement, it’s best to do it ASAP. It’s not something that should be postponed, even if you think that the damage might be manageable. The key, of course, is to get the work done professionally, by technicians who are vehicle glass experts.
In some situations, vehicle owners realize that their windshield was not installed properly. The poor windshield replacement might be due to poor installer technique – might be due to inexperience – and might even be due to carelessness. The signs are usually obvious.
Did They Use a Team of Windshield Experts?
All things considered, quality windshield replacement requires a team of two experienced installers. This ensures that the windshield is perfectly lined up and ready to affix. If there’s only one glass technician, it’s a sign that costs are being cut, which affects the installation.
Were Installers Outfitted with Gloves?
With complete windshield replacement, installers must wear clean gloves to prevent oil or debris from being transferred to the glass. Oil, dirt, and debris can all affect the adhesive used in affixing the windshield. With reduced adhesive strength, window leaks are possible.
Where is the Replacement Auto Glass From?
Windshield glass should be replaced with original product from the vehicle manufacturer. This ensures the highest quality product, a perfect fit, and long-term lifespan. A reputable shop will typically use original product, but might offer an after-market product as well.
Are There Water Leaks in your Windshield?
If you suspect a poor installation, take your vehicle to a car wash for a serious soaking. If you notice any water leaks along the edges of the windshield, there’s definitely a problem. Water leaks (even if there’s one) indicate that the windshield was not properly installed.
Is There a Noise While Driving at a High Speed?
A common sign with inferior windshield replacement is an unusual “whoosh” sound when driving at high speed. This is the sound of wind flowing through gaps in the windshield – it’s a sure sign of a windshield that was improperly fitted, poorly affixed, and badly installed.
Did you drive right after installation?
A reputable windshield repair shop will insist on appropriate “curing” time before releasing your vehicle. This is because adhesive materials require time to properly cure and harden. If you drive your vehicle prematurely, it could cause the newly installed windshield to shift.
Avoiding Poor Quality Windshield Products & Sub-Standard Windshield Replacement
The best way to avoid poor quality windshield replacement and sub-standard installation is to seek out a reliable and reputable shop. A highly reputable shop will not take shortcuts and will not compromise on quality.
You should also insist on OEM glass product (Original Equipment Manufacturer), along with a 100% guarantee and manufacturer’s warranty. After all, you want to drive away with the peace of mind of a job done right.
At General Auto Glass, you can be sure of the highest quality workmanship, at competitive industry prices. Everything we install is guaranteed 100% - we pay the deductible amount (when covered) – and we even provide convenient mobile service. Find out more by calling 905-604-0433 and request a free detailed estimate for your windshield replacement.