A cracked or broken windshield is more than an inconvenience—it’s also a safety issue. Driving with a compromised windshield puts you and your passengers at risk, as well as other drivers on the road. An unsafe windshield is also a violation of your car insurance policy, which means it can result in premium hikes if not fixed as soon as possible. Replacing your windshield is time-consuming and must be performed by a qualified technician. However, depending on circumstances, the replacement process can be completed fairly quickly. In most cases, a standard windshield replacement takes about an hour and a half from start to finish. The length of time will vary based on several different factors such as the size of the crack and whether you get same-day service or have to schedule an appointment for another day.
1] What is included in a windshield replacement?
A windshield replacement is a process that replaces the entire windshield, whether it’s broken or just old and cracked. Replacing the windshield involves removing the old windshield and installing a new one. It also includes any necessary repairs to the frame surrounding the windshield and the gaskets that hold the windshield in place. If the windshield wipers are broken or bent, they will be replaced as well. Any necessary silicone or putty will also be replaced to ensure a proper seal. Some auto shops will also replace the defrosting element, wiper fluid and washer bottles, and even the automobile radio antenna. When you have your windshield replaced, you should receive a new windshield wiper fluid and washer bottle along with the new fluid. Make sure that it’s new fluid, not the old fluid that may be in the bottles.
2] Why is a windshield replacement so time-consuming?
Replacing a windshield is a very precise process that requires thorough attention to detail. In most cases, a standard windshield is installed in about an hour, but it could take longer if special tools are required. The windshield is a safety item, and it has to be installed correctly to ensure your safety. If you’re in an accident, the insurance company will look at the details of the repair to see if the windshield was installed correctly. A shoddy job could result in a claim denial or a smaller payout if the windshield is not installed correctly. Several components must be removed and reinstalled during the replacement process. The windshield frame, surrounding gaskets, and even the wiper arms must be removed and replaced.
3] How long does it take to replace the windshield only?
If you only need to replace the windshield, the total time should be about 1 hour 30 minutes. If the techs have to remove the bumper or other parts of the car to gain access to the windshield, the total time will be longer. The technician will first clean the windshield and surrounding frame before removing the existing windshield. The technician will also remove any old silicone or putty that is present and clean the frame. Auto shops will use a squeegee to ensure that all water is removed. If the car has running water, the tech will use a squeegee to remove all water from the glass and frame. The technician will then apply the new silicone or putty to the frame and place the new windshield in position. The technician will then clean the windshield again to ensure that there is no silicone or putty on the glass.
4] How long does it take to replace the entire windshield?
Replacing the entire windshield can be a time-consuming process. On average, it takes about two hours to complete, but it can vary in length due to the complexity of the job. The technician will first remove the surrounding components and the old windshield. The tech will use an air gun to remove the old windshield and a special scraper to remove the old silicone or putty. The tech will inspect the frame for damage and replace any damaged pieces before installing the new windshield. The tech will use silicone or putty to seal the new windshield into place and make sure that there is a proper seal. The tech will clean the windshield and frame before installing the new windshield wipers and fluid and washer bottles and antenna. The tech will also apply a sealant to the edges of the windshield to ensure that there is no water intrusion.
5] Is there any way to make the process faster?
Yes. To make the process go faster, have your car ready for the tech. Make sure that the car is parked in a clean and open area where the tech can work and that the windshield wipers are lifted from the windshield. In addition, it’s a good idea to remove the old windshield wipers and fluid and washer bottles. This will save the tech time and help him finish the job quicker.
6] Bottom line
A cracked or broken windshield is a serious issue that must be addressed as soon as possible. Replacing your windshield is a complex and time-consuming process. Depending on the severity of the damage, the process can take a few hours or even longer. If you’re in the market for a new windshield, it’s important to do your research and choose a reputable company. A quality auto glass shop will have the necessary equipment and experience to complete the job correctly.