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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

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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
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Summer Vacation Road Trips

Summer Vacation is getting close, and if you are going on a summer road trip, you must take precautions to stay safe on the road. This means protecting your car from getting any windshield damages and examining all aspects of your car, like the tires, battery, and even the windshield wipers. Therefore, we are going to discuss ways you can avoid a cracked windshield repair El Cajon along with other car issues that you can easily prevent before your road trip. Continue reading

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Cracked Windshield Safety

Spring is here and that means unpredictable weather and severe storms. Hail poses a particular danger for car owners as it can shatter windshields. Whether damaged by an accident, rock, hail or something else, a cracked windshield can make a car unsafe to drive.

Can a car be driven with a cracked windshield?

It’s generally not dangerous to drive with a small crack in the windshield, but damaged glass should be repaired or replaced as soon as possible for two important reasons:

  • Windshields weakened by damage provide less protection.
  • Cracked windshields decrease visibility.

Windshields are specially designed to ensure the safety of passengers and drivers even if extreme impact causes them to chip, crack or shatter. They have two layers of glass laminated together. If one layer of glass breaks, the laminate and the inside layer of glass hold the windshield together, keeping pieces of glass from injuring occupants of the car or falling on the road.

This doesn’t mean that you should ignore a damaged windshield, however. Even a small crack signifies that the structural integrity of the glass has been compromised. 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. With time, as moisture, dirt and even windshield washer fluid can seep into the glass sandwich layers causing discoloration and further decreasing visibility.

Another factor to consider when deciding to drive with a broken windshield, call for onsite repair or have the car towed, are the relative state laws. To ensure the safety of everyone on the roads, it is illegal to drive with shattered glass or glass that has sharp edges exposed. Drivers cannot operate vehicles if the windshield has any crack or discoloration that obstructs or interferes with their ability to see clearly.

Can Windshield Glass Shatter?

Most small chips can be repaired, One of the problems with cracks in the glass is that they spread.

In the case of windshields, chips and cracks create weak points in the glass that will likely spread due to a few factors – going over bumps on the road, changes in temperature that cause the glass to expand and contract all put stress on the glass. This additional stress causes the glass to shatter and the condition of the windshield will continue to get worse the longer you wait to get it fixed.

The good news is that windshields are engineered to hold together. Because the windshield is laminated, the glass shouldn’t separate from the frame or collapse into the car.

What Should I Do with a Cracked Windshield?

A shattered windshield must be replaced; large cracks or those that continue to spread will also likely require the glass to be substituted entirely. If your windshield has been damaged, contact your trusted car glass repair service to come up with the best solution to get you back on the road.

How Can I Avoid Hail Damage?

The months of May through September are peak season for hail when warmer weather brings thunderstorms, often including high winds and hail. Whenever possible, park your car in the garage. If severe weather strikes while driving, carefully pull into a gas station or under an overpass for protection until the hail storm has passed.

If you have a cracked windshield, call 7 Stars Auto Glass in San Diego and talk to one of our certified technicians to go over the best option for you.

 

Windshield Tinting Benefits

Tinted cars definitely look nice, but is there more to tinting auto glass than just appearances? The answer is a big YES! The truth is, tinting your car glass is simply beneficial to you and your car. Some benefits are more obvious than others, so we are going to point out the four major San Diego windshield tinting benefits. Continue reading

Windshield Replacement Options

What is it about a windshield damage that drives us crazy? Is it the cost of having to repair it or is it the inconvenience of the damage? At the end of the day, we are all busy people. We do not want to waste our time repairing something we did not anticipate would occur that day. However, when a damage takes place, there is no turning back. You must figure out your car windshield replacement options and act accordingly. Below are three options, but only one of them is worth your time: Continue reading