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Crack in the windshield

Aaarrrghh!! Just noticed a crack in my windshield. Passenger side about 5 inches coming up from the base.

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Damm, Dude. Bummer. It may be time for "Elvis" to leave the building (and go to the glass shop). Make a few calls around to the glass shops. The last I heard windshields weren't overly expensive but I guess it depends on the car.

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If you keep air out of the crack it will slow down the cracking until you can replace it. Cut a strip of clear packing tape and place it over the crack.

I have a Jeep, which is notorious for windshield replacements, and have used the tape-method a couple times and it stopped the crack from getting bigger.

There is also a new product on the market made by Corning called Gorilla Glass. I installed GG in the Jeep last year after replacing the windshield twice previously due to rock damage using OEM glass, and I've had rocks bounce off the new GG windshield without as much as a nick. Super good glass but its about twice the price. It also has better hail resistance.

I think Ford used GG on the Ford GT but do not know if they make replacement windshields for the Mustang using GG. Something to ask when you look to replace the windshield.

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Simply call your insurance company. There are very few states any more that don't require car insurance companies to cover windshield replacement with no deductible. It should not cost you anything at all.


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Geico is offering to replace the windshield for $50 at Safelite windshield repair.
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Simply call your insurance company. There are very few states any more that don't require car insurance companies to cover windshield replacement with no deductible. It should not cost you anything at all.
I want to live where you live. I just replaced mine last month. Insurance didn't cover squat.

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^^^^^ What? You mean to tell us that California does NOT have a law that says all auto insurance must include glass coverage?

I find that hard to believe, since California is usually the leading "nanny state" in the union . . . . but don't feel too bad about it, remember "there is no free lunch" so this means that you are not paying for extra insurance that you usually don't need, until now; and the premiums that you saved in the past probably more than cover the cost of the windshield that you had to pay for our of your pocket, instead of from your insurance premiums.

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Simply call your insurance company. There are very few states any more that don't require car insurance companies to cover windshield replacement with no deductible. It should not cost you anything at all.

From this source few states require car insurance companies to provide zero deductible full glass coverage. Even then you still need a comprehensive policy, or one that covers glass.



  • If you live in Kentucky, Florida, or South Carolina and have comprehensive auto insurance, there’s a good chance that you’ll qualify for a free windshield replacement.
  • If you live in Arizona, Massachusetts, or New York, you may have a separate glass endorsement, $0, or $100 glass deductible.
  • If you live in any other state, check your insurance policy to determine your comprehensive deductible.
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I want to live where you live. I just replaced mine last month. Insurance didn't cover squat.
I'm in Florida. State law. Windshield ONLY covered, no deductible, no questions. The rest of the glass is under the comp rider. Of course one actually has to buy comp. Liability does not help.

Nothing could get me to even consider moving to California.

Since my broker sounded so self assured I didn't question her five years ago when we moved here. "Oh almost all of them do it now" she says.

Anyway, I didn't move here for car insurance. I moved here for no state income taxes, no snow, cheap real estate, reasonably warm winters, and nearly 365 days a year BEACH weather, depending on how far one would be willing to drive to the bikini zone.
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Geico is offering to replace the windshield for $50 at Safelite windshield repair.
$50 is reasonable if you cannot get it free under your policy. Find out if Safelite will replace it with glass that has the logos if your windshield currently has logos.

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I just had the window replaced in my Mustang here in VA. It was covered under comprehensive. I think I had $50 deductible. Make sure you insist on an OEM windshield. Replacement glass is made with wider tolerances and will not fit as well, requiring more adhesive to fill the gaps. I had a replacement windshield put I’m my wife’s minivan years ago and you could hear wind noise at highway speeds. I packed the area with strip caulk, pushing it in with a paint paddle. Since flush glazing wasn’t universal at the time, it wasn’t noticeable. At the risk of being redundant, get OEM glass.

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Make sure you insist on an OEM windshield. Replacement glass is made with wider tolerances and will not fit as well, requiring more adhesive to fill the gaps. I had a replacement windshield put I’m my wife’s minivan years ago and you could hear wind noise at highway speeds. I packed the area with strip caulk, pushing it in with a paint paddle. Since flush glazing wasn’t universal at the time, it wasn’t noticeable. At the risk of being redundant, get OEM glass.
I used replacement glass on mine. It was $250 cheaper. No way I was going to pay an extra $250 just for a dang horse no one ever sees. Anyways, my replacement glass is actually quieter then my OEM was. That was the first thing I noticed when I got on the freeway for the first time, how quiet it was inside my car. It was a noticeable amount too. Maybe you just had bad luck with yours? Or they installed it poorly?

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I used replacement glass on mine. It was $250 cheaper. No way I was going to pay an extra $250 just for a dang horse no one ever sees. Anyways, my replacement glass is actually quieter then my OEM was. That was the first thing I noticed when I got on the freeway for the first time, how quiet it was inside my car. It was a noticeable amount too. Maybe you just had bad luck with yours? Or they installed it poorly?
This was back in the 80's with what was probably a Chinese replacement part. Actually with my insurance it didn't matter either way. I'm just fussy about that stuff and wanted the Carlite TM. I worked in an automotive glass fabrication company (PPG) for 32 years so maybe I just have an obsession with OEM glass.

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Had the logo’s. $50 and done in an hour and a half. So far perfect.

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I think you need to find a garage which does glass repair and ask if they can stop your crack of going further. But it should be better to replace the cracked windshield
http://www.suntecautoglass.com/winds...tucson_az.html
https://www.maxautoglass.com/

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