The importance of the windshield to your vehicle’s overall health is often underrated. A poorly installed windshield can reduce the effectiveness of your airbags and compromise the integrity of your vehicle’s roof. Consequently, you should only have your vehicle’s windshield installed by true professionals. At Universal Collision Centre, our experts use only the highest quality equipment to ensure an even application.
When to Change Your Wiper Blades
Your windshield wipers are not essential to the overall structure of your vehicle. However, old or ineffective blades can drastically impede your vision during hazardous weather conditions. If you notice any of the following symptoms of wiper blade wear, you should replace your blades immediately.
Windshield Wiper Fluid or Water?
Never use water instead of windshield wiper fluid. It’s that simple. Water alone cannot effectively remove dirt and bugs. It will only streak and impair your visibility further. Windshield wiper fluid contains additives to help it evaporate more quickly. That means it cleans efficiently and dries out to leave your windshield clear. Last, and possibly most importantly, windshield wiper fluid won’t freeze in your reservoir. Water, on the other hand, will freeze in both the reservoir and fluid pump, potentially leading to crack and ruptures. At the very least, the frozen system will prevent you from clearing your windshield.
Windshield Repair – Rock Chips
As your first line of defence against the elements, your windshield should be properly maintained. For the most part, that simply means you should have cracks and chips repaired as soon they appear. Otherwise you’ll compromise he integrity of the windshield as the cracks spread. Repairing these cracks before that happens will save you from purchasing a new windshield.
As a rough guide, windshield cracks exceeding 6 inches in length cannot be repaired effectively. When that much damage accumulates, the whole windshield must be replaced. Obviously, this will cost you several times more than a simple chip repair. Thats why it’s important that you fix each crack as soon as it appears.