It’s almost impossible to ignore windshield wipers when they squeak. Many people liken that awful, repetitive noise to the disturbing sound of fingernails scratching on a chalkboard. If you hear squeaking, you are probably going to find it distracting while you are driving. You won’t be able to relax to music or focus on the road. Of course, you also should not ignore the noise because it’s a symptom that your wipers don’t work efficiently, are likely to fail, and may even cause damage to your valuable windshield.
Having to get your vehicle’s windshield replaced can be a bit of a hassle, but for safety’s sake, it’s not something you should put off if you have broken or cracked windshield glass. If you’ve recently had your windshield replaced, of course you want to know that the job was done correctly. Unfortunately, poor technique and even downright carelessness during windshield replacement can lead to serious problems down the road. Be on the lookout of a few telltale signs that your windshield replacement job was botched.
When it comes to making automotive repairs and upgrades, professional expertise is indispensable. Cars, trucks, and SUVs are among the most dangerous items ordinary people come into contact with, so if they are not serviced correctly, they create an enormous risk to their drivers and all others on the road. While few people would try to fix their cars’ engines or exhaust systems on their own, many do not realize that their windows and doors are just as important, and just as difficult to repair. In particular, if your door glass is off track, it is critical that you find an auto glass expert to reset it for you.
At Anthony Volk Glass, we traditionally focus on FIXING broken windshields and auto glass–but this month, we’re straying from that for a very good reason. In this blog post, we’d like to address a very important topic that resurfaces each year: deadly locked car emergencies. Every summer, local news channels are flooded with tragic stories of children or animals being locked inside of hot cars—and, in many cases, these innocent victims don’t survive.
The vast majority of industry authorities agree that advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are the way of the future. These systems simply make vehicles safer and more efficient. So until the auto and high-tech industries perfect the driverless car, more and more vehicles are bound to come equipped with ADAS features. And more and more of these features will have both positive and negative impacts on your windshield.
When your windshield is intact and functional, it’s easy to take it for granted. In fact, on any give day, you simply look right through that finely engineered piece of auto glass, without considering all the important functions that your vehicle’s windshield plays in your driving safety and enjoyment. Over time, windshield pitting can mar the surface of your auto glass, affecting the vehicle’s appearance–and creating hazardous visibility and crash safety problems.
High wind and torrential rain are not the only reason to be concerned during a thunderstorm. When conditions are just right and cold air comes into contact with warm air high above the earth, dangerous hail can result, capable of damaging whatever it strikes as it falls to earth. When parked outside or being driven during the hail storm, vehicles are often the recipient of dents and other damage, including breakage to the windshield and other glass components of the car.
Whether you’ve just rolled off the lot in your new car or you’re driving around town in the same ride, chances are good that you’ve struggled to remove a window sticker at some point.
Try as you might, that adhesive will be determined to hang onto your auto glass! The good news is we’ve put together a step-by-step guide that will make this process easy for you.
If you’ve been driving for any significant period of time, you’ve been in a situation like this: You’re barreling down the highway to an important professional engagement or an exciting recreational event when you notice a dark and menacing storm cloud looming on the horizon.
Minutes later, you’re in the middle of what seems like Armageddon! Amid thunder crashes and lightening flashes, buckets of rain begin pelting your windshield, reducing your visibility to near zero. To make matters worse, as the streets begin to fill with runoff water, that truck in front of you joins with various passing vehicles to splash and splatter even more water on your already inundated windshield.
Automotive glass is designed specifically for vehicles. It’s constructed differently so that in the event of an accident, it doesn’t shatter like the glass in your home. Automotive glass is also far more durable than other kinds. That’s why you can hear the nick of a pebble striking your window while driving down the highway and not sustain a chip or crack.