About Windshield Chips and Cracks

No matter where you live and drive, the windshield on your Audi always has the potential to be damaged. From road debris kicked up from passing cars to gravel rocks falling from uncovered trucks - your windshield is there to provide protection from the unexpected.

While a small chip or crack may seem harmless, if left in disrepair this damage may get more severe over time. Gradually, a small one inch sized chip can turn into a crack that stretches across the entire windshield. Temperature variations, extreme temperatures, and even car washes can turn a tiny chip into a large unrepairable crack.

Audi Cracked Chipped Damaged Windshield Replacement

Does my windshield require repair or replacement?

Just because your windshield has a small chip or crack doesn't necessarily mean that your entire windshield will need to be replaced. In general, as long as the size of the chip or crack can be covered by a dollar bill and is not in the direct line of sight for the driver the damage can potentially be repaired. The sooner you have the repair done, the better the results will generally be. Moisture, dust, and other debris can settle into the crack and make things worse. Windshield repairs can save hundreds of dollars when compared to a complete replacement.

Unfortunately, if the damage is located at the edge of the windshield, the windshield is old and covered with divots, the damage is directly in the driver's line of sight, or there are more than three cracks or chips in the glass you will need a replacement windshield. Many people are unaware that the windshield on your vehicle is a vital structural component and plays a vital role in your safety in the event of an accident. As a result, you should only trust a professional windshield replacement installation.

Audi Windshield Repair Replacement

How does the repair or replacement process work?

Repairing a chip in your windshield is a fairly straightforward process. First, the repair technician will drill a small hole directly into the center of the chip. Next, the technician will apply vacuum pressure onto the hole and inject resin into the center. This resin is then cured using specialized ultraviolet light to ensure a strong bond. The final step is cleaning the windshield. It's important to note that while the repaired area may not be perfectly clear, your windshield is no longer susceptible to further cracking.

Replacing a windshield requires the same attention to detail in order to ensure your windshield is structurally sound to provide adequate protection. The technician will first remove the old windshield completely. Using advanced primers and adhesives, the new windshield will be installed and allowed to cure. Depending on the vehicle, the time the windshield needs to cure can vary from one hour to twenty four hours. It's recommended to avoid using a high pressure car wash for at least twenty four hours. Pricing varies on complete windshield replacements depending on the model of the vehicle and characteristics of the windshield.