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Why Do Windshields Fog Up?

What can you do when your windshields fog up after starting to drive? Why does this happen and what can you do about it? There are a variety of reasons why your windshield would fog including humidity, heat, and condensation.

Humidity

Humidity causes a buildup in water that turns into water vapor. You breathe the humid air. This air comes out from inside your body or off of it. Windshield fogging tends to be more of a problem when there is more than one person in the car since there is more breathing.

Heat

Temperature is actually molecules moving. More moisture is held with warm air than cold. However, this isn’t a chemical reaction. The molecules aren’t holding on to water molecules. More water becomes gas when it’s warmer than it does a liquid. And, there’s more space between each molecule with warm air therefore, the water molecules can fit into this space.

Condensation

Moist, warm air condensing when it hits your car’s colder windshield causes condensation. This usually happens in the early morning. This is also why on humid, warm days when you have your car air conditioner running you’ll see condensation form at the windshield’s base where it meets the cool air.

When there’s 100 percent relative humidity, if the temperature decreases more, the water needs to find its way out someplace. On a morning that’s cool outside when there’s fog or dew on the ground, that’s because the moist, warm air contacts the cold ground.

How to Clear Away the Fog on your Windshield

You can clear fog in many ways. And although there’s no special way of doing it that works best each time, the two that are more likely to work better are as follows.

  • Put your defroster on a high setting.
  • Set the temperature to hot.
  • Turn off the recirculation setting.
  • Turn on the air conditioner.
  • Crack your windows.

Dry the Air Out

Your best option is to run your air conditioner, depending on your comfort level. This method works well when the outside temperatures are above freezing and damp, wet humans getting into the car causes the fog. While cold is best when running your A/C, you can still run the air at a warmer temperature and get rid of the fog.

Evaporate the Water Vapor

For an easy and fast fix, turn the heat on and run it through your defrosters. This causes the condensation to evaporate kind of like the moisture on your clothes evaporating when you turn the clothes dryer on. This method works better when there are colder temperatures and you are catching the fog buildup early.

When your windshield is extremely foggy, you can use a small squeegee or dry cloth to clear up the fog quickly and then turn on the cold A/C. Slowly increase the air’s temperature if you find the A/C is too cold for you until you dry out the air inside your car.

Keep in mind that when you’re drying air that’s inside your vehicle, you need to pull in the outdoors air rather than simply circulating inside air. These days, most defrosters already do this.

Now, that you know what to do when your car windshield fogs, do you know what to do if your windshield has a chip or a crack? Call 7 Star Auto Glass today!

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Cracked Windshield Risk

There are several reasons for not replacing the windshields. Little do they realize the risk they’re putting themselves and their families in by not having cracked windshield repair el cajon.

Excuses vary. Some say their insurance has a deductible that they currently can’t afford.  Some say the crack doesn’t obstruct their view, while others say they just don’t see the necessity if it’s not shattered.  It’s hard not to roll my eyes at all these answers. The purpose of this article is to tell you why it’s so important to have a good windshield on your vehicle and to give you some tips for when you make this very important purchase.

The Purpose of Your Windshield

Believe it or not, front windshields serve a much bigger purpose than just allowing you to see outside of the car when you’re driving. They also protect you from the rain, snow and other elements of weather. More importantly, however, are the safety features provided by your car’s windshield such as the 3 bullet points below.

  • It Acts As A Shield For Air Bags – Cheap, low-quality glass is more likely to crack or pop out, which can cause incorrect deployment or improper inflation of your air bags.
  • It Prevents The Roof From Collapsing – Many people don’t realize that the windshield of the car provides from 30% to 60% of the car’s structural strength.  In a roll-over crash, a cheap windshield can cause your roof to collapse, which can be life-threatening to you and your passengers.
  • It Helps Prevent Ejection of Passengers in a Crash – Your windshield can also keep you from being thrown from your vehicle in the case of a collision. With the exception of seat belts, the windshield provides the most safety from being thrown from your vehicle. These are some of the many reasons why OEM glass is required by car manufacturers.

Safety Comes First

Purchasing auto glass for any part of your vehicle is more than just opening the phone book and choosing the first provider with the cheapest price. Safety should always be the #1 concern when we’re driving.  Here are four safety questions you should ask windshield replacement service providers before you choose which one to use.

  1. How Qualified are the Technicians Replacing Your Windshield? While windshield replacement service providers, also referred to as auto glass technicians, are not required to be licensed, they should be highly trained, experienced and knowledgeable of the whole process. With so many makes and models of vehicles around today all having different types and shapes of auto glass, windshield installation and replacement can be complicated.  Ask your auto glass technician to provide proof they are certified.  Do some research before hiring someone to do the job.  Are they reputable?  Will they take care of insurance paperwork for you?  Check credentials while comparing costs!
  2. What Type of Glass & Adhesive Do They Use?If your auto glass technician states he can get you a windshield cheaper than average, you should definitely question what type of glass is being used.  Is it OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) glass?  OEM glass is safer, sturdier and less prone to cracking.  If you’ve gone so far as to require OEM glass, you will want to ask if they are using OEM adhesives as well.  Low-quality adhesives do not work as well in wet or cold climates and take much longer to dry or cure.  This can be a real problem if the car is used too soon after installation.  In other words, the windshield may leak with the slightest impact if you start driving around before the urethane has time to dry.
  3. How Soon Can You Drive Your Car After Installation? With the busy lives we all lead today, we seldom have the time to sit at a garage waiting for a new windshield to be installed.  Auto glass providers often come to our home or place of business and do the work while we do our work.  This is extremely convenient, but can be dangerous if we’re unknowingly driving the car before it’s ready.  The glass and urethane need time to properly cure to the car in order to prevent future problems.  This is known as “safe drive away time” and is listed on each bottle of urethane.  Question your windshield replacement service provider on this safety issue, as well as if there are any precautions that should be taken a couple days after installation.
  4. What Type of Warranty Do They Provide? If you’re like many others who have waited almost forever to finally replace your windshield, you’re going to want to make sure it last and, if it doesn’t, that they’ll replace it free. If you’re offered anything less than at least a 1-year warranty, question the type of glass that’s being used.  Some companies may offer a lifetime warranty.  If this is offered, you can almost assume they’re using high-quality OEM glass.

Windshield – Replacement or Repair?

As much as you may want to put off spending money on your damaged windshield, it’s very possible you may only need a repair.  A good rule of thumb is that if the crack is at least as long as a dollar bill, it should be replaced.  Even if it’s shorter than a dollar bill, it should be replaced if it extends to the edge of the glass. If the chip or crack is smaller than a dollar bill and it’s not extended to the edge of the glass, it may be able to be safely repaired. Additionally, if the crack is in your line of vision, it needs to be replaced.

While all the glass on your car is important, the front windshield is most important in terms of having it fixed when it’s damaged.  Something to consider, insurance companies often will pay to have a windshield repaired because it may prevent a larger expense if it shatters completely.  Also, some insurance companies require a deductible be paid for replacements, while others may waive the deductible.   Contacting your insurance company could save you money!  That being said, the main concern here is safety and hiring a certified technician will ensure the job is done correctly whether you’re saving money through your insurance or not.

 

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Family Vacation Tips

Many will use these last few weeks of summer for a family vacation before school starts. Safety is always our #1 concern.

Before you go:

  • Cracked Windshield. Even if you have the smallest chip, have it repaired. It can become larger as you travel even going over the smallest bump.
  • Tires and windshield wipers – Bald tires can be a road hazard for you and those cars traveling around you. Cracked windshield wipers will not remove rain as they were meant to so you have a clear view of the road. Thunderstorms come up unexpectedly.
  • Filler up with gas. When going on a road trip to an area unfamiliar to you, there may be as many gas stations as you are used to. Being out of gas is not the way to spend the first hours of vacation.

On the road:

  • Don’t text.Texts can be answered when you arrive at your destination. It only takes a moment of inattention to create road rage or cause accidents.
  • Don’t be in a rush.Be sure to take breaks along the way and stay overnight when you get tired. Night driving can be especially challenging if you are not used to it. Dozing off at the wheel can be deadly to your family or others.
  • Get help from other family member. Choose a navigator to guide you through turns so you can concentrate on the road. GPS is great. Even then, it’s better to have someone else letting you know of upcoming turns or traffic. If you miss your turn, don’t panic. There’s always a safe solution at the next light or exit.
  • Buckle up your seatbelt. It’s against the law to drive without a seatbelt. Law Enforcements Officials can stop you and ticket you for not wearing your seatbelt. They don’t have to have another reason.
  • Don’t drink and drive – This may go without saying but as a reminder – drunk drivers account for about 1/3 of all traffic-related deaths.

You can be the best driver in the world but you never know what the next driver is going to do. Be safe! Have fun on your vacation!

Reposted from August 2017

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Protecting your Windshield in Summer

Did you know that your car can really take a beating during the summer? Summer temperatures can wreak havoc on your windshield, which is why you should always take steps to protect summer windshield damage.

At 7 Stars Auto Glass, we know that when you’re driving, you’re only as safe as your car’s weakest link. If that happens to be your windshield, you should have it repaired promptly to protect the integrity of your vehicle. And if your windshield is in great shape already, then we have a few tips to help you keep it that way.

Park In the Shade

Whenever possible, park in shaded areas to prevent your windshield from excessive heat. When you leave your vehicle parked in the sun for prolonged periods, high temperatures can render your windshield unstable. If this occurs, even a tiny chip or crack can quickly grow into a much larger problem. A parking garage or some type of covered parking is your best bet as it prevents your entire vehicle from sun exposure. If you do find a small nick or crack in your windshield, take it to your local auto glass repair shop to prevent it from spreading.

Use Caution When Washing

If you do notice chip or crack while washing your windshield, the heat of the day can cause the damage to spread. Spraying cold water on hot, cracked glass creates a sudden temperature difference that causes the glass to react suddenly. As the glass expands and contracts under changing temperatures, even the tiniest chips can become large cracks. If you must wash your vehicle before you have your windshield repaired, wait until evening when the temperature drops. Similarly, avoid automatic car washes where machinery may place pressure your windshield.

Adjust the Air Conditioning Gradually

Drastic temperature differences can wreak havoc on your windshield, so try to avoid them at all costs. Even though it may be sweltering outside, use caution when adjusting your air conditioning. When you start your vehicle, your windshield may be well over a hundred degrees. Immediately turning the AC on high will create a temperature difference between the interior and exterior of the vehicle, compromising the strength of the glass. Just imagine dropping a few ice cubes in a room temperature drink. Can you recall the noises those ice cubes make? That’s how your windshield responds when you immediately crank up the AC.

Your Auto Glass Repair Experts 

When you notice chips and cracks in your windshield, we are here to serve you. We specialize in auto glass repair and replacement, and all of our technicians are certified. If you can’t come to us, our mobile repair team will come to you. To schedule a service appointment or an estimate, just give us a call.

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Windshield Damage Prevention

While you can’t avoid your auto glass from getting damaged by things out of your control, you can take care of your car’s glass so that it stays in the best shape and doesn’t easily get damaged. The following 5 precautions will help you with windshield damage prevention.

#1 Make Sure Windshield Wipers Are in Working Condition When you have the time, examine your car’s windshield wipers and make sure they are working properly because the blades play a big role in keeping auto glass sturdy and in tiptop shape. If the rubber on the blades look old and worn out, you need to replace them with new ones. Generally, you should examine your windshield wipers every few months (particularly every six months) and especially take a look at them when they start scratching the glass and creating screeching noises against the glass. If the wiper blade’s rubber has cracks in it and is starting to fall apart, you should replace the wipers as soon as you can, preferably right away to avoid driving in a bad storm with improper wipers. By keeping the wipers in a good condition, you would avoid having to go to a San Diego windshield repair shop.

#2 Regularly Clean Auto Glass Another precaution that you can take to protect the glass and avoid having to go to a San Diego windshield repair shop is to regularly clean your auto glass. A clean windshield is less prone to damage and the reason for that is that without any dirt, the windshield wipers stay in shape and don’t scratch the glass.

#3 Don’t Use Sponges or Towels to Wash Glass Most people use sponges or towels to wash and dry auto glass, but doing so can damage them. While sponges are used to clean around the house, they aren’t ideal for auto glass. Sponges are meant to scrub, not gently clean. So when they’re used to wash cars, sponges can scratch the glass. While signs of scratches don’t appear on your car right away, over months of use, you’ll be able to see how using a sponge ruins your windshields and windows. Likewise, using a towel is just as bad for the windshield and should be avoided.

#4 Use a Clean Microfiber Cloth When you wash and dry your windshield, use microfiber cloths that are clean. These cloths are gentle on auto glass and can help you avoid damaging your windshield.

#5 Park Away from Loose Tree Branches When you park outdoors, be sure to examine where you have parked your car. If your car is located beneath a tree with loose tree branches, consider moving your car to a safer spot. If that branch falls on your windshield, it could cost you a lot of money to repair or replace the glass. Besides, there is no way to know for sure whether a bad storm will happen while you’re away that would make that loose tree branch fall. So take that precaution seriously.

If you want to prevent car glass damage and having to go to a San Diego windshield repair shop, these five precautions will certainly help you.

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Windshield Damage Repair

There are many ways to get a crack or chip in your windshield – If you are driving down the road and a rock slams into your windshield, if you get caught in a hail storm, or a branch hits your windshield during a windy day. Temperature changes can also cause a cracked windshield. Nonetheless, if you fail to have the crack repaired, the crack can grow. This can cause your windshield to go from needing a repair to a more costly replacement. However, you may be wondering how much time you have to get the repairs you need before more windshield damage sets in. Temperatures, vibrations and dirt can all affect the crack.

Temperatures Affect a Crack

Temperatures can cause a crack to get larger. When it is hot or cold outside, glass expands and/or contracts. This can cause a crack to grow in size or change direction. Driving your car in direct sunlight or letting it sit outside on an cold night can be all it takes to affect the crack. Repairing your windshield as soon as possible can prevent this issue.

Vibrations Can Cause it To Grow

Another thing that can cause a crack to grow is vibrations. When you drive your car, it vibrates. If you turn the radio up loud, your car vibrates. Your car can vibrate as you drive over a bumpy road, when you hit a pothole or when you go over speed tables. All of these things rattle your windshield around and can cause the crack to grow. And unfortunately, there is no way to avoid most of these issues while you are driving. This is why it is important to repair your windshield as quickly as you can.

Dirt and Dust Can Prevent Repairs From Working

The last thing you need to know about driving with a crack or chip in your windshield is that dirt and dust can enter the chip or crack. When this occurs, the resin that is injected into the chip or crack to fill it may not be able to bond to the glass as it should. Your repair may not take. The longer you wait to have your chip or crack repaired, the more dirt and dust can enter the area. Taking your windshield to be repaired in a timely manner is the best way to ensure dirt and dust don’t build up within your chip or crack.

When your windshield is damaged, it is important that the damage be repaired as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, there is no way to determine just how much time you have until a crack or chip grows and spread. Repairing the damage quickly helps prevent further damage that may cause you to need to replace your windshield, rather than simply repair it. Give us a call today to set up an appointment.

 

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Removing Mold from Windshields

Mold can be a common occurrence in cars. It can be found in neglected vehicles left out in a humid, moist environment. However, it can also be found in cars where a water spill never dried properly. Food trucks can be easily susceptible to mold if not aired out and cleaned right. The good news is that mold can be dealt with to prevent auto windshield repairs. The bad news is that leaving it to spread throughout your car can be dangerous.

There are many types of mold, but all of them are generally the same. Mold is an organism that breeds quickly and decays whatever it can. Mold causes organic materials to biodegrade. That is why damp, undried areas, like car seats and carpets, are ideal candidates for this organism.

Nevertheless, mold is not completely bad. At this very moment, mold spores are in the very air we breathe. In fact, mold, a part of nature, is oftentimes used to produce some types of healthy foods (such as Brie cheese), medicine, and antibiotics. But too much of anything is never good, and that is certainly true when it comes to mold. More mold than is naturally in the air can cause allergic reactions if inhaled. Also, it can destroy (or eat) objects through biodegradation. If mold materializes in your vehicle, you should not ignore it. Mold could ruin various materials within the car including the glass, causing you to get an auto windshield repair.

What causes my windshield to get mold?

There are many reasons for the mold growth in your car. For one, if you left your car parked outdoors for months, mainly in a humid or moist environment, then that could cause mold to breed. Second, if you spilled water in the car and did not let it air out completely, that is another reason for the mold. Though, the scary part of all of this is that if this problem is not dealt with fast enough, the mold will spread throughout your car, going far into the glass and leading you to auto windshield repairs.

Windshield mold is very dangerous. As we have mentioned, too much mold can cause many health issues. However, mold in your car indicates there are an extreme amount of dirt and other untreated problems. Though, the most threatening aspect of mold increasing and feasting on your windshield is the fact that it could be eating at the window seals. Over time (a very short time, since mold grows and eats fast), your auto glass might even break from the damage to its window seals. Driving would become highly unsafe for you at that point.

Preventing windshield mold

If your car has mold, there are ways to combat it and prevent auto windshield repairs.First, you should always keep your car clean. Never leave trash, especially the sort that decomposes naturally (like food). If you spill a drink inside the car, wash it and let the damp area air-dry. Keep the windows down until the spill dries.

On the other hand, if you do not drive your car any more (maybe you are planning on selling it), then turn the AC on from time to time and roll the windows down. Letting the air move and refresh is important.

Though, if you notice that the window seals are cracking or there is mold on them, stop driving your car and do not attempt to clean the mold on your own. Instead, call a mobile windshield repair expert and have them replace that windshield with another one and clean the panel from the mold.

Mold is natural, but too much of it is bad. When found in your car, it can be dangerous and lead to auto windshield repairs if not removed fast. Never leave the mold to spread to your windshield and window seals. If that happens, call for a windshield repair immediately.

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Mobile Windshield Repair

If you have a damaged windshield but you cannot drive to an auto glass repair shop for one reason or another, you have another option. What option? you ask. Well, you can call for a mobile windshield repair El Cajon service from 7 Star Auto Glass San Diego. Here are four reasons why you should: Continue reading

Windshield Tinting Benefits

San Diego can get very hot sometimes, especially this time of year, and it can be especially intolerable when you have to get in your boiling car and go for a drive. However, you don’t have to deal with this heat while on the road anymore. Windshield tinting will give you a better ride. Here are some awesome benefits of tinting your windshield and windows:

Protection from Glares Sun glares are some of the worst things to deal with while driving. They blind drivers and make driving dangerous. Tinting your car’s auto glass can help you avoid all those glares. Just think back to the numerous times your vision was obscured by the sharp sunrays while you were driving; not only were you at a higher risk of an accident, but you were also endangering other people on the road too. With tinting, you would prevent 99% of UV rays from entering your car, which means that you’ll be less accident-prone and less likely to get a sunburn too, which is a bonus!

 Staying Cool While Driving San Diego’s weather makes it hard to just hop in your car and go. With the extreme heat, you almost always have to lower the AC to really low temperatures and wait for the car to cool down. This can be uncomfortable for many people. Besides, no one wants to sweat on their way to a meeting, work, or school, and no one wants to get a heatstroke while driving on the road. Tinting your car would keep your car and you cool.

 Keeping Your Upholstery in Good Condition Have you ever had or seen a car with leather seats that were cracking from being in the heat for a long time? Well, this could happen to you in San Diego if you have leather seats. However, tinting auto glass can help you protect your car’s upholstery from that upholstery.

 Strengthening the Glass What many people don’t know about tinting windshields and windows is that the tinting makes the glass stronger and harder to break. Therefore, if you get into an accident, the glass would be sturdier and have a higher chance of staying intact. This means that you would be safe from any broken glass shattering in your face. Not that this happens often, but knowing that you are protected if the worst does happen is a relief.

Tinting Does So Much More Too On top of all the benefits listed above, tinting your windshields and windows also protects your car from thieves since they will not be able to see inside your car easily.

So why tint your car? The benefits are obvious and certainly worth it. When you tint your auto glass in San Diego, you protect your car from extreme heat all while keeping yourself satisfied and safe on the road.

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Windshield Cracks

There are several types of windshield cracks, the majority of windshield chips and cracks come from small rocks or debris lodged or picked up by the tires from the cars driving near you. These rocks and debris are then released from the tires and ends up hitting your windshield. Let’s look at some of the common types of windshield damage and whether repair or replacement would be a suitable course of action.

These are most common windshield crack types:

Ding/Chip/Stone Break – This type of windshield damage is one of the most common, it’s  generally caused by a rock or debris striking the windshield while driving. A tiny to small piece of glass comes of the windshield creating the ding/chip. This type of damage can usually be easily repaired it’s known as a chip repair.  However, if you do not have it repaired the it can crack and a replacement would be necessary.

Cracked Chip – This type of windshield damage is a single crack that is about the size of a quarter that has an impact point. In most cases it can be repaired. 

Bull’s Eye – This type of windshield damage is also usually caused by a rock or debris of a larger scale. It is circular and a bit larger than a chip or ding. Often times it can be repaired depending on the size, if it is too large or too much glass has been removed a windshield replacement may be needed.

Combination Break – This type of windshield damage creates multiple kinds of breaks, such as dings, chips, and cracks.  If there are only a few breaks and they are small and on the surface (not to deep) a repair can usually fix the windshield. If the cracks are too deep then a windshield replacement is necessary.

Edge Crack – This type of crack starts within 2 inches of the edge of your windshield or starts at the edge of your windshield. The crack usually forms immediately and is roughly 10 to 12 inches in length. A windshield replacement is usually required.  

Floater Crack – This type of crack originates in the middle of your windshield. Depending on how deep and long the crack is determines whether or not your windshield will need to be repaired or replaced. 

Stress Crack – Over time your windshield weakens and a stress crack can form. The weather both hot and cold play a major role in this type of crack. For example if your car is parked in the sun for several hours and you turn on the air condition, this can weaken (stress) the windshield. Some stress cracks can be repaired however, if the entire windshield is stressed it is highly recommended that the windshield be replaced to prevent more cracks and repairs.

7 Star Auto Glass is a family owned business, with over 25 years of experience. Their services include the following:

  • Auto Glass Replacement
  • Windshield replacement
  • Chip Repair
  • Windshield Chip Repair
  • Rock chip repair
  • Broken Auto Glass
  • Cracked Windshield