Quick Answer: What can damage a windshield?

What makes a windshield unrepairable?

Any crack that is at or very near the windshield’s edge, or any chip at or near the edge that has caused the windshield to start cracking, attenuates the strength and integrity of the windshield and its bonding to the surrounding metal frame, which in turn compromises passenger safety.

How do you know if your windshield is damaged?

You’re driving down the road one day behind a big gravel truck, and it hits a bump. Bam! A flying rock just hit your windshield, leaving a two-inch crack in its wake. You feel your stomach tighten up as your mind starts racing.


  1. Stress crack. …
  2. Edge crack. …
  3. Floater crack. …
  4. Crack chip.

What happens if you don’t fix a cracked windshield?

Though not an immediate danger, if the crack is large, near or touching the edge of the windshield, the glass may have to be replaced and driving the car is not recommended. Driving with a broken windshield should also be avoided whenever the damaged glass impairs the vision of the driver.

What is it called when a rock hits your windshield?

Stone Break – A small chip that occurs when a stone (or other hard item) hits the windshield. It can then become a large crack over time.

What does a stress crack look like?

Thermal stress cracks in windows are easy to identify because they start perpendicular to the glass edge. “It’s easy to identify a stress crack if you can see the edge of your glass,” adds Howard. “The crack will extend about a half-inch straight away from the glass edge.”

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