A spider crack in your windshield is usually indicative of a larger problem that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. These cracks can also be indicative of a more minor issue that you will want to keep an eye on as time goes on. In any case, they are not something you want to ignore if you see them in your car, no matter how small or insignificant they might seem. The good news is that with the right precautions and regular maintenance, it’s possible to avoid developing these small fissures in your windshield at all. Here are five things you should know about spider cracks if you drive in a place with frequent winter weather.


What Are Windshield Spider Cracks?

A spider crack is a small fissure that develops in your windshield and looks like a spider’s legs. This is just one type of crack that can affect the exterior of your vehicle’s windshield, and it’s seen most often during the winter months. When these fissures start to form, they are tiny and may not be noticeable. In fact, many times, people don’t even notice them until they’re already several inches long, which is why it’s essential to inspect your windshield regularly. Most windshield spider cracks form on the inside of the windshield near the edges. This is likely due to the fact that the inside of the windshield sees more extreme temperatures. The material on the outside of the windshield sees more sun and is, therefore, warmer, while the inside of the windshield is in the shade and is therefore cooler.


How to prevent the windshield spider crack from spreading?

If you live in an arid climate, it’s essential to prevent windshield spider cracks from spreading. You can do it by regularly keeping the windshield clean and clear of any dirt or debris and using Windshield Washer Fluid. In addition, you can also invest in a windshield cleaning kit to help keep your windshield clear.

There are many different types of windshield cleaning products on the market today – some are safe for use on the glass while others are not. The safest ones are made with non-abrasive compounds that won’t damage the glass. For example, they might contain silicones or resins that help keep the glass cleaner and extend its lifespan. You should also make sure to test a small area first before applying it to your entire windshield.

However, it would be best to get a windshield repair or replacement service as soon as you see a crack on your windshield.


What Can Be the Cause of Spider Cracks?

As we’ve mentioned, spider cracks usually form along the windshield’s edges. However, they can also occur in the middle of the windshield in rare cases. The cause of windshield spider cracks can vary depending on the type of spider crack you have. If the spider crack is along the edge of the windshield, then it is likely due to a faulty installation or poor quality windshield. A wayward stone or debris that gets kicked up by the car in front of you can also cause a crack of this type. While the crack is small enough, it’s possible to repair the crack using an adhesive. If the crack is in the middle of the windshield, then it may be that the windshield is simply too old.

Determining if You Need a New Windshield

When it comes to determining if you need a new windshield, it’s important to look for other signs in addition to spider cracks. For example, if your windshield is so old that it’s cracking in several areas (regardless of whether the cracks are spider cracks or not), then it might be time to replace the windshield. Another sign that your windshield might be too old is if you notice any chips or other signs of damage on the inside or outside of the windshield. This is particularly common in places where rocks are kicked up by cars on the road coming toward you. If your windshield has spider cracks, but there are no other signs that it’s time to replace the windshield, then you may be able to repair the cracks. This is usually done with an adhesive that fills the fissures. Keep in mind that these repairs are only meant to be short-term fixes.

Bottom Line

If you drive in a region where winters are cold and rainy, you may notice some spider cracks in your windshield. These are small fissures that can be repaired, but they indicate that it’s time to replace the windshield. When replacing the windshield or repairing spider cracks, be sure to choose a windshield that is laminated to prevent future damage. These small fissures are often a sign that it’s time to replace the windshield or repair the cracks, but they can also be indicative of a more pressing issue. If you notice any cracks in your windshield, be sure to have them checked out by GlassFixit, so you can address any potential problems before they become bigger issues. You may fill out the form below or give us a call.
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