As you are driving to work you pass some road construction work. Somehow, a pebble from the street strikes your car, and next thing you know, your windshield is cracked. What do you do? Well, you should not panic. However, you should do these four musts once you realize you need a cracked windshield repair El Cajon: Continue reading
The tradition of making New Year’s resolutions started over 4,000 years with the Babylonians. They wanted to find favor with the gods and start the year off right. While we don’t have that kind of goal, it is still a good practice to review and remind ourselves of what’s important and what we want to improve. Every area of your life can be improved – your fitness, your finances, etc. Did you ever include car care on that list? Your car is a very important component of your life to keep you and your family safe. Maybe you should as proper car care can help to keep you safe.
Here’s few items to check for your car care resolution:
Tire Pressure – as the temperature drops, so does your tire pressure. Driving with under inflated tires can be dangerous but on the bright side, it can improve fuel efficiency to have your tires with the proper psi.
Battery – Keep your battery erosion-free. Batteries don’t give warning lights.
Brakes – Have your brakes checked. You don’t have to be reminded on how important it is to have proper brakes.
Oil – Change your oil at regular intervals. Oil is the life blood of your car.
Wiper Blades – Change in temperature can make the rubber on your wiper blades hard and brittle. Torn or cracked blades won’t properly clean your windshield.
Gas tank – Try to have your gas tank at least half full at all times, especially if you live in a colder winter climate. This decreases the chance of moisture forming in the gas lines and possibly freezing.
Headlights – Replace before burnout when possible. The problem is – most drivers don’t know their headlight is out. Driving with a burned out headlight on a dark road poses a risk to both the driver and others.
Spare Tire – Be sure you have your spare tire on your vehicle and not laying in the garage.
Emergency Kit – Try to carry an emergency kit which includes jumper cables, flash light, basic tools, first aid kit, and water supplies – all things to help you survive until help comes to get you back on the road.
Mobile phone – Be sure you have your mobile phone fully charged or carry a back-up battery.
Car Wash – Have your car washed or wash it yourself at least once a month.
Once you follow this list, you will be happier and your car will, too.
A chipped windshield can cause the integrity of your windshield to be in question putting yourself and your passengers in danger.
We understand that whether you have a new or old vehicle, safety is the most important. We all rely on our cars to transport us and our loved ones on a daily basis. Taking this into account we strive to provide the highest quality windshield repair and replacement services available. Our main goal is to get you and your vehicle back on the road safely and quickly.
Why Repair a Windshield?
If a stone chips your windshield and the damage is smaller than an inch in diameter and not in the driver’s line of vision, we can repair it to prevent the crack from spreading. If you catch it early, an auto glass repair could be all you need and repair is a fraction of the cost of replacement. A chipped windshield could be dangerous and almost all chips will spread eventually.
When considering Windshield Repair:
Windshield Repairs are quick and affordable and can sometimes be covered by your insurance provider at little or no cost to you. Many insurance companies waive deductibles up to $500 if you repair rather than replace. Let one of our insurance billing specialists help you determine your coverage.
Small nicks or chips can turn into a large crack requiring a full windshield replacement. The sooner you have a repair done the better.
If you are unsatisfied with your windshield repair or the repaired area ever spreads, the cost of the repair will be credited toward the cost of a brand new windshield installation as long as we performed the windshield replacement.
A chip in your windshield can cause the integrity of your windshield to be in question putting yourself and your passengers in danger.
When you call us, we will dispatch a certified technician to remedy the issue quickly and professionally. We can dispatch a technician to your location of choice or have you come in to one of our service centers and have you back on the road in no time.
When we Replace a Windshield
When a windshield can’t be repaired the only alternative is to replace the cracked windshield with a new one. When we replace your windshield, our Certified Technicians follow certain safety standards to make sure your vehicle is as safe as when it left the factory.
Steps that will be followed:
The certified technician will explain in detail the service being performed.
The technician will remove your rearview mirror as well as other attachments to the glass like your EZ PASS, State inspection sticker (if applicable), parking sticker from work or school or other stickers like oil change details.
Completely and safely remove the old windshield and the old adhesive. It is critical that the old adhesive be removed and new sealant used to install your new windshield.
After the replacement is completed, the technician will reattach rearview mirror, inspection sticker or any other items that were previously removed, when possible.
The technician will inform you of the Safe Drive Away Time (SDAT) and other precautions to take with your new windshield. This is an important step that makes sure the adhesive has set fully and your vehicle is safe to drive.
The world is constantly changing with advanced technology. Auto glass future may be changing also.
There are two types of glass in your automobile – laminated glass (mostly used for windshields) and tempered glass (mostly used for side glass).
Laminated Glass vs. Tempered Glass
Laminated glass is basically a glass sandwich. It is made of two or more plies of glass with a vinyl interlayer between (sandwiched, if you will, as in a car’s windshield). The glass will tend to stay together and case one in is broken – thus qualifying as a safety glazing material.
Tempered glass is made by heating and cooling a piece of standard glass in a tempering furnace. The glass, which must be pre-cut and edged before being put into the tempering furnace, is heated to approximately 1200°F and then cooled rapidly.
Now some companies are working to develop a chemically tempered glass much stronger than conventional automotive glass, known as soda lime glass. This glass could offer a lighter weight to windshields but with a great deal of strength.
When it comes to windshields, being stronger means being safer. The lighter weight can also help cars be more fuel efficient. Gorilla Glass was first used for smartphone screens in 2007. The Ford GT was the first to used Gorilla Glass for its windshield. Some new vehicle designs are using larger windshield, even full glass canopies. This means the glass needs to be more efficient for safety.
For now, laminated glass is the best option for windshields. It keeps passengers safer and has a sound-proofing benefit to it. Tempered glass is still a good choice for other auto glass applications. It can be broken more easily if breaking the window for exiting is needed.
As technology makes changes to auto glass, it’s important to you find an auto glass shop that keeps up with the latest for windshield repair and replacement
If you have a damaged windshield, going back in time is not possible. However, if your car is in a perfectly good condition, you can prevent damages from occurring. In fact, to prevent a windshield replacement San Diego, the best place to start is before any damage occurs. After all, a big factor that leads drivers to getting a replacement is neglecting their car. Lack of maintenance can cause your windshield to get scratched or cracked. The below three blogs will help you prevent auto glass replacement: Continue reading
Windshield wipers are a life saver when they are in good condition. They make your view clear. When your windshield wipers get old, they can create hazardous driving conditions, like driving in the rain or at night. If the wipers cause streaks, it can block your view and make it difficult to see road signs or oncoming traffic.
How do windshield wipers scratch your windshield?
The rubber edge gets worn out or damaged leaving the metal exposed. Then the metal comes in contact with the glass. The windshield wiper blades are designed to press firmly against the glass and the movement of the blades can cause the metal to dig into the surface resulting in small indentations. The scratches and streaks will only worsen unless resolved.
What can you expect from damaged windshield wipers?
- Scratches can reflect sunlight and headlights from oncoming cars
- Blades will not wipe all the water off the blades causing limited vision
- Water streaks can cause a distraction
Can windshield scratches be removed?
Depending on the depth of the scratches, many can be polished out, however, deep scratches on the windshield may require a full windshield replacement.
Regularly checking and replacing your windshield wipers is a good practice to avoid a full windshield replacement. Replacing your wipers takes very little time.
If you do need a windshield replacement, let 7 Star Auto Glass do the job. Our certified technicians can install a new windshield on any domestic or foreign vehicle.
Bird droppings happen anytime especially if you are parked under a tree. If not removed properly, bird droppings can lead to an auto glass repair. Many people choose to wipe the bird droppings off with a wet cloth, but is there a better way to do it? There are several ways you should NOT clean bird droppings:
Towels or Sponges?
Using a sponge to clean bird droppings from your car might seem like a good method, but it can damage your car. Although towels and sponges are often used to clean cars, they are not designed for car cleaning in general. Save your sponges and towels for household dishes. Microfiber cloths are a good choice because they are soft and do not scratch the glass or paint of your car. Thus, if you need to wipe them off, only use microfiber cloths.
Windshield wipers are regularly used to clean the glass and keep it clear. However, using your wipers to clean bird droppings damages the wipers and sometimes even scratches the glass. It is better not to use windshield wipers if you have bird droppings on your windshield. This will help you prevent an auto glass repair.
Dried Bird Droppings?
If they harden on your windshield and car paint. Therefore, removing them is sometimes difficult. Some drivers choose to scratch at the dried bird droppings using tools such as towels, brushes, or even their fingernail. This can not only scratch the droppings but scratching it can lead to a car glass repair.
Then What Should You Do?
Microfiber cloths are the best choice. Products like WD-40 can soften the bird droppings. Spraying this oil on the the droppings makes wiping them off with the microfiber cloth easier.
There is a right and a wrong way to clean the droppings off your car and windshield, and doing it the wrong way can lead to an auto glass repair. Prevent a costly repair with these simple tips!
Time with Relatives
What could be worse than your car breaking down while you are visiting relatives during the holidays , perhaps hundreds of miles from home. Time with relatives and friends is a time for fun, not dealing with the stress of getting a car repair. To that end, please take these steps you can take to protect your vehicle, your trip and your family on holiday car trips. If you have a mechanic you usually deal with have him check/change the following or if you are DIY, you need to check these things:
- Oil and oil filter
- Air filter
- Belts and spark plugs
- Tire iron and jack are in the car along with the spare tire
- Tire treads and look for signs of strain, bulges or other damage. Check tire pressure. Don’t over inflate.
- Check that high and low beam headlights are in working order.
- Windshield wipers and wiper fluid. When the rain falls, you don’t want to discover your wipers are useless. In addition, bug hits can really mess a windshield, so you’ll need a full fluid reservoir.
- Check Coolant, Fuses and Horn.
Some additional advice:
- Begin your trip with a clean car, both inside and out. It will help for you to be organized.
- Try not to put luggage over the car. It creates air friction and slows you down – burning more gas. If it is unavoidable, cover with strong sheet and tie them very well.
- Keep a small garbage bag inside the car.
- Cover headlights and front of the car with a protective sheet to prevent bug clogs or other damage.
- Pack a fire extinguisher.
- Get a spare key for the car and keep it in your wallet or elsewhere on your person in case you lock your keys in the car.
- Fix sun protectors for side windows and front windshield.
- Stock up on CDs to cover the trip if you don’t have Sirius radio.
- Have some games planned for the younger ones.
- Bring a plastic funnel to add water or other fluids
- Bring towels for cleaning dirty windshields, spills, etc.
- Make sure your owner’s manual is handy.
- Always fill your gas tank when it is half full. Don’t wait too long. Sometimes there can be miles and miles in between rest areas or service areas.
- Be reasonable about how many miles you can cover in a day. Don’t push it, especially with young children.
- Forget about high speeds. A steady driver can book more miles and enjoy more scenery. You’ll also save on gas over the long haul.
- Leave the caffeine at home. If you get tired, pull over and rest. If it’s midway through the day, try a nap of about 30 minutes. If it’s getting dark, get a motel. It’s not worth risking your safety if your body is telling you it needs rest.
- Learn to avoid boredom. For times like this, listening to your favorite music or a book on tape can prove invaluable.
- Finally, stay away from trucks. Truck drivers dislike having anyone follow them.
- With proper preparation before a trip, and a good attitude during a journey, you can make sure you not only survive a long trip – but also enjoy it.
Getting a windshield damage is never fun. Now you must waste precious time out of your day getting the glass repaired or replaced. Worst of all, it can be costly. So, is the answer avoiding the damage? No, of course not! In fact, ignoring it only makes it worse. It is always best to get a repair or replacement as soon as the damage occurs. However, how can you tell when a damaged windshield needs a windshield replacement San Diego instead of a repair? Here are some major signs: Continue reading
Keep your car properly tuned for optimum performance
Environmentally Friendly Car Care according to the Car Care Council – A properly maintained vehicle can improve its efficiency, reduce emissions and save you money. Regular engine performance maintenance will help you burn less gas, pollute less, and prevent car trouble down the line. This will include checking the spark plugs, replacing the fuel and air filters, replacing ignition system and/or emission system parts if needed and ensuring the onboard computer control system is working properly.
Improve gas mileage by 4% on a proper tune-up and up to 40% when fixing a serious maintenance problem such as a faulty oxygen sensor. Worn or fouled spark plugs can cause the engine to lose power or misfire and waste fuel.
How you drive has a lot to do with fuel economy. Avoid sudden starts and stops and go the speed limit. Minimize unnecessary miles by combining errands in one trip. Drive wisely and minimize unnecessary miles by consolidating errands, getting good directions and avoiding excessive idling. Other guidelines to follow include:
- When possible, use your vehicle’s cruise control features.
- Use your air conditioning only when needed. Parking in the shade and using a reflective windshield shade can help your car stay cooler when parked, meaning it takes less to cool it off when you get back in.
- Speeding and Aggressive Driving: Most cars lose fuel efficiency over 50 miles per hour (MPH) at a rate of about $0.24 per gallon for every 5 mph over 50. Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) can also reduce gas mileage – as much as 33 percent on the highway and five percent on city streets.
Lighten the Load
Get the junk out of the trunk and the stuff out of your car, with the exception of emergency items such as a spare tire and a first-aid kit. Extra items weigh the vehicle down and cause an increase in gas usage.
Regularly check and replace dirty air filters
An air filter that is clogged with dirt, dust and bugs chokes off the air and creates a “rich” mixture that causes the engine to lose power. Replacing a clogged air filter will improve your car’s performance and acceleration, but not miles per gallon. The air filter should be inspected at each oil change, and replaced annually or when restricted, torn, water or oil-soaked.
Replace spark plugs if necessary
A vehicle can have four, six or eight spark plugs, which fire as many as three million times every 1,000 miles. This results in a lot of heat, electrical, and chemical erosion. A dirty spark plug also causes misfiring, which wastes fuel.
Maintain the cooling system
A cooling system thermostat that causes the engine to run too cold will lower the fuel efficiency of a car by as much as one or two mpg. There also are improved radiator caps on the market today that allow the cooling system to operate at a higher temperature before boiling over, increasing the system’s efficiency and reducing emissions.
Proper tire pressure can improve gas mileage by 3.3 percent or 10 cents per gallon.
Tire pressure should be checked at least monthly, including the spare. Tires that are not properly inflated add rolling resistance that makes the engine work harder to move the vehicle. Remember, tires can lose pressure due to seasonal temperature changes. According to the Rubber Manufacturer’s Association, a tire can lose up to half of its inflation pressure and not appear to be flat. Optimal tire pressure for your vehicle is listed in the owner’s manual or on the car door sidewall.
Check your vehicle’s gas cap. A loose, cracked or damaged gas cap allows gas to escape from your tank as a vapor, wasting fuel and increasing vehicle emissions. It’s also wasting your gas money!
When filling up your car, remember to stop when the nozzle shuts off! Topping off the gas tank can release harmful vapors into the environment and waste money. Remember, your tank needs some extra room to allow the gasoline to expand. Some pumps engineered to protect the environment draw extra vapors back into the pump, meaning you pay for more gas than you are getting, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
A/C Maintenance and Use
The A/C system should be inspected annually, during which a technician checks pressures to test operation, refrigerant charge and outlet temperatures. Use the window to help keep the car cool.
Vehicle Fuel System
By properly maintaining your vehicle’s fuel system, such as replacing your car’s fuel filter every two years or 24,000 miles and having your fuel injectors flushed our every 30,000 miles, you will not only have a cleaner, ‘greener’ car, but you will save money at the pump.”
Emission Systems control a vehicle’s emissions, exhaust and pollutants using an array of sensors, computerized engine controls and the exhaust components. Emission systems substantially reduce harmful gases such as carbon monoxide (CO), unburned hydrocarbons (HC) and oxides of nitrogen (NOx), and prevent harmful gasoline vapors from escaping at the fuel tank. Your car’s emission system keeps the engine running cleanly and efficiently in all sorts of operating conditions, and keeping it in proper working condition can save money and protect the environment. Fixing a faulty oxygen sensor can improve gas mileage by 40%!
Maintain and repair your car – this is important for you, your car and the environment.
Reference: Car Care Council