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Yesterday I came back from my vacation (went to Prague to the Ice Hockey World Championship! Lots of Fun! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> ) and today in the morning go in my garage and sit down in my baby and with a big <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> turn the key and <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> I stare right at a nice crack in my car's windshield about a foot long, with a nice 5 inch branch coming off the main one. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Maybe I was due for it, this is my first windshield replacement in my driving life, which I attribute less to luck or to the solid glass of my other cars, than to the fact that I did not live in Connecticut, where they spread pebbles and fieldstones on the roadways and call it "sanding".<p>The crack was apparently caused by a tiny chip just about 4 mm or so down from the rubber trim at the top edge of the windshield. Now couldn't that sucker have hit a bit higher? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> It was fine when I garaged the car 2 weeks ago, but I guess over time it cracked just from the heat expansion and contraction or something like that.<p>Oh well, it will be replaced tomorrow and I hope be just as new.<p>So, my question for the knowledgeable and experienced here is this: I guess the chips can be repaired before they cause a crack, right? (Provided one notices them) So, what should I look for? I mean, are there certain sizes and locations of chips that help determine what must be repaired/can be safely ignored/warrants replacement instead of repair?<p>I'd appreciate you sharing your knowledge!
 

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Re: Windshield cracked (M-R)

I've heard that chip repairs may be performed if the chip is smaller than a U.S. dime. I've had the repair done twice to two different cars. One chip was smaller than a dime, the other was just a hair over. The small repair lasted at least for four years before I parted with the car (I would guess the chip never got larger). My second car with the larger chip did not do as well, a large crack grew from the original chip. The windshield repair shop I went to did offer to apply the cost of the chip repair towards a new windshield, you may want to negotiate that for yourself. <p>Search around the web for more reference, and remember to do repairs ASAP before they any larger.
 

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Re: Windshield cracked (mmmSushi)

If you repair a chip when you catch it right away, you can possibly save the windshield for it's entire life.<br>The ones that start to crack are usually close to at the edge of the glass.<br>If you get a large stone chip in the middle it usually just stays there and doesn't expand farther<br>JRL
 

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Re: Windshield cracked (JRL)

Thanks, that's some good advice.<p>Too bad mine was only millimeters below the trim at the top edge .. crrrrrrack.<p>But now its better than before, gone are the little scratches from winter-sand being caught in the wipers <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 
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