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Since: 11.2.03
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I woke up this morning to a crack a few inches long on my windshield, which really ticks me off because I had a whole new windshield put in a year or two ago because of a large crack. And also because my inspection is coming up next month. So I was hoping that some folks here who know more about car maintenence and such than I do might have some advice.

Specifically: How long (and how deep) can a crack be and have it still be fixable, as opposed to needing to put in a whole new windshield? (I was told with the previous crack that there was no way to fix it, but it was much bigger.) Who should I be going to--an auto glass place, a body shop, something different? Any advice on how I should proceed and how I can save money would be much appreciated.
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Is it driver's side, or passenger side? If it's on the driver's side, you're screwed, I think. If it's on the passenger side, you might be OK.



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Let me link you to a series of Nownow research questions on the subject from last week. Maybe they will help

http://www.nownow.com/nownow/viewresults.jsp?hitid=MG0ZV0M3WYMZ12YMK2Y0

http://www.nownow.com/nownow/viewresults.jsp?hitid=8S4ZPRZ4SY802HZVF1PZ





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Since: 11.2.03
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It's on the driver's side, but way over to the side, so it's not really in a position to interfere with vision.
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As I specialize in threadjacking, mine's cracked as well. Passenger side, but it's splitting off two ways. One going up, another going right (away from me). Is that fixable at all, or should I just replace?

And I'll call the insurance company about that. Thanks for the links, AWA.





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I have also given in and called my insurance company as I've got a crack on the passenger side that got a lot longer when I had to run the defroster Saturday...so I really can't wait for the REALLY cold weather to see what happens.

Fortunately for me, the state of Minnesota demands that replacement glass be included in all policies, so it's not costing me anything but time and hassle.

Two things for Peter:

1. Did the people who installed your windshield give you a warranty? You might still be covered under it.

2. From my surfing and phone calls today, Safelite seems to think anything "bigger than a dollar bill" is unfixable and demands replacement. I will reckon they are typical for the industry.



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Since: 25.2.04
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How close to the side of the windshield is it? I'm not sure how to explain it, but my car had a small, barely noticable crack down very low, actually below the windshield wipers. The crack itself went into the black part of the windshield around the border. Every place I called (and I called a bunch) said that those types of cracks are unrepairable, no matter how small. Something about the coloring of the glass combined with the closeness to the edge of the windshield.

It cost me $250 to fix mine, which was my deductable. Safelite did a good job. If you used Safelite in the past, I believe the warranty is good for the life of the car.
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