Monday, July 7, 2014

Types of Windshield Cracks

There are a variety of ways that your windshield glass can be affected. Familiarize yourself with the most common types of cracks that can occur to your windshield, so when you have to call for service, you can be told right away whether it has to be replaced or it can be repaired. 

Bulls Eye - Caused by a rock or circular object, the chunk of glass that has been removed is relatively large

Chip - Also caused by a rock or other object, but only a small piece of glass has come off the windshield

Crack Chip - A single crack that can be covered by a quarter at impact point

Edge Crack - A crack that begins 2” in from the edges of the windshield

Floater Crack - Starts in the middle of the windshield, opposite of edge crack

Long Crack - Over 15 cm, usually means windshield has to be replaced

Pit - Where a small piece of glass is missing

Star Break – Series of short cracks coming off an impact point – resemble star shape

Stress Crack – When there is no impact from an object but this crack usually happen when there is a drastic change in the weather

Cracks can happen in a ton of different ways, a small rock can leave a tiny chip in your windshield that can spread into a crack. Once the crack reaches over 6” it most likely cannot be repaired.

If you notice a chip or dent in your windshield get it fixed as soon as possible.

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