If you have recently had to replace your windshield, you’ll probably want to ensure that you take all necessary precautions to keep your windshield replacement in the best shape possible. Continue reading to learn how to make your windshield replacement last.
After you have had your windshield replaced, you will notice that there is some tape around the edges of the glass. While it may be tempting, it is important that you do not remove the tape; it is placed specifically to ensure that dirt, sand, or other debris are not able to compromise the seal. It’s typically recommended to allow the tape to remain in place for 24-48 hours before removing it.
Don’t Slam Doors
Slamming the car door behind you may simply just be muscle memory, but in the first few days after you have had your windshield replaced, it is crucial to take extra care not to slam the doors.
While the new seal is settling, be sure to close your car doors as carefully and gently as possible; the vibration and force put out by slamming the car door have the potential to dislodge or disrupt the seal, rendering your new windshield replacement almost useless.
Take Care of the New Windshield
Of course, the best way to make your windshield replacement last is to take care of it. To ensure the longevity of your new windshield, avoid the following during the first couple days after the placement:
- High-pressure car wash: Not only does the water pose a risk for penetrating or damaging the new seal; the high-pressure water streams can potentially dislodge or damage the seal, as well. Avoid high-pressure car washes for the first 24-48 hours.
- Gravel/dirt roads: The vibrations and motions caused by driving on uneven terrain can prevent the seal from successfully setting, and the dirt and other debris can potentially become lodged in the seal.
- Driving with all windows up: Cracking a window can decrease the amount of pressure inside the car, allowing the seal to have a better chance of successfully setting.
- Extreme hot or cold: Extreme temperature fluctuations can have an impact on the seal’s ability to set. If possible, try to keep your car inside and out of the elements if it is extremely hot or cold.
The Auto Glass Outlet Experience
Here at Auto Glass Outlet, we provide the best windshield replacement services in Maryland and the D.C. area from our Hyattsville location.
After your windshield replacement has been completed, your technician will take your insurance information so that we can file your claim for you. Our goal is to ensure that your experience is as seamless and stress-free as possible; that’s why we handle all aspects of your appointment from start to finish.
All work done by Auto Glass Outlet is enforced with a lifetime guarantee; your satisfaction and safety is always our number one priority.
Give us a call anytime at (301) 864-5555 for a free quote or to learn more about our rear windshield services in Hyattsville, MD and the surrounding areas.