A Windshield Crack is not only distracting while driving but it’s also dangerous. And as the temperatures in Winnipeg fall below freezing. A crack in your windshield is 60% more likely to crack out & expand during the winter season, requiring a windshield replacement. If you have a cracked windshield, here are some things to look out for.
How Big of a Crack can be Repaired on a Windshield?
Windshield cracks are unpredictable and can crack out anytime, depending on the size of the windshield crack, it might still be repairable. At Pegasus Auto Glass, we recommend crack repair only if it’s under 10inches(26cm) as once ur windshield is cracked, its structural integrity is compromised. Depending on the complexity of the windshield crack and how long the crack has been there undealt with, it may also be full of debris/contaminants which make it so that the crack repair fills in but due to the contaminants inside, there may still be a chance of it spreading during the winter season, as during the winter, temperature fluctuations are rapid.
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1. How temperature makes a Windshield Crack Spread
When someone has a crack in their windshield, one of the first things that come to mind is how to prevent it from spreading. It’s not simple, as there are many factors and fluctuations in temperature being a big one. Glass expands and contracts depending on the weather conditions. When the temperatures drop, the glass shrinks. This is why repairing a crack in your windshield before winter while the crack is still small is critical, acting quick will save you time & money!
2. Ice on the Windshield? Using the Defroster Could Hurt
When you have a crack in your windshield, the cold Winnipeg temperature can cause the glass to shrink, which can broaden the fracture (as previously said). Unfortunately, when it’s chilly out and there’s ice on your car’s windshield, you’ll need to use your defroster to thaw the glass and remove any ice build-up. However, this sudden increase in temperature might make the fracture in your windshield worse. The defroster warms up your windscreen rather quickly. The fast change in temperature puts pressure on the glass, causing the glass to expand and resulting in immediate damage.
The above is also true if you pour hot boiling water on your windshield, which is never recommended! Intense cold and intense heat combined will cause the crack to spread even faster – if not immediately.
3. The Safety Concerns of a Windshield Crack
A cracked windshield is not only tough on the eyes, it is also a safety hazard. In addition to restricting your vision when you drive, a cracked windshield harms the structural integrity of your car and limits the windshield’s safety feature. The passenger airbag in your vehicle relies on a structurally efficient windshield to deploy properly in an accident. When your windshield gets cracked, the structural integrity gets compromised and safety tests have shown that the passenger airbag may not deploy properly in the emergency of an accident.
Windshield Replacement may be the best option
You may have heard or read that if you have a crack in your windshield, you have two options: repair your windshield or replace it. Repairing your windshield may seem like the more affordable and convenient option, but this is not the case. First, it is important to note that repairing a windshield is only an option if the crack is minor. Once it starts spreading, replacing your windshield is necessary.
For long-term stability and safety, replacing your windshield is the best option. Even with a windshield crack repair, there will always be scarring left, and depending on your MPI Insurance deductible, there might not be too much of a difference in price between a Repair and a Replacement. Don’t know your deductible? get in touch and we’ll look it up for you
Get it Fixed Now
Having a cracked windshield can be a hassle – but taking care of it doesn’t have to be. At Pegasus Auto Glass, we have the expertise needed to replace or repair your car’s cracked windshield and get you back on the road safely. Plus, with our Windshield Replacement, we give you our industry-leading Lifetime Warranty for Free, all our work is guaranteed, For more info call us at, 204-688-0302 or fill out the form on our website and we’ll have your windshield looking brand new!
Thanks for reading, stay safe