Saturday, August 20, 2016

Types of Windshield Cracks and Chips That Can Be Fixed

Did you just crack or chip your windshield and now you are wondering whether you can fix your windshield yourself? Well, you will be pleased to know that most cracks and chips in your windshield are repairable. Here you will learn about the different types of windshield cracks and chips that are repairable. 

With a couple DIY guides on how to fix a cracked windshield, you will have a fancy new windshield in no time for less than $15 bucks. The best way to fix a cracked windshield is to use epoxy or acrylic adhesives aka Do it yourself Windshield Repair kits. These windshield repair kits fill in the small windshield chip with an adhesive that turns clear when dry. 

What happens if I wait to long to repair my windshield crack? Not fixing your chipped windshield early enough will leave it with spider cracks that are irreparable. If you have spider cracks, you are going to need to replace your windshield or get a ticket for driving with a cracked windshield.

Impairing a drivers view with a cracked windshield is illegal in almost all states and very dangerouse to you or your passengers. Weather damage will cause the cracks or chips to widen leaving you and your passengers in the exact same situation.

What size windshield chips and cracks are repairable?

Windshield chips or cracks that are 1" to 3" in diameter, or no longer than a $1 bill, can be repaired. Windshield chips or cracks that are longer than 3" in diameter, or longer than a dollar bill, cannot be repaired.

What are the different types of chips and cracks? The different types of chips and cracks are Bull's Eyes, Combination Breaks, Chips, Crack Chips, Edge Cracks, Dings, Float Cracks, Longs, Cracks, Half Moons, Stress Cracks, Partial Bulls-Eyes, Star Breaks, Pits, and Stone Breaks.

Type of Windshield Chips & Cracks That Cannot Be Repaired

Here are the different types of windshield damage that cannot be fixed. If you have any of these types of windshield damage, you are going to need to hire a professional.

  • Chips or cracks on the interior part of the windshield
  • Damage that goes through all layers of the auto glass
  • Chips or cracks that impair the drivers view
  • Complex or big spider cracks
  • Any crack over 18" long
  • Cracks that are contaminated 
  • Cracks or chips on the edge of the windshield


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  2. Replacing the whole windshield wiper costs little expensive that is why I always try to adjust with the same windshield wiper if the crack is a minor one. If the crack is not at the driver's front sight then it can be manageable to use it for few more days. Thanks for the nice post Erick. Readers will find it helpful in saving some bulks. Also a user need to know about which type of cracks can be repairable and which cannot be. Thanks for your guidance. German Auto specialist Safety Harbor, FL.

  3. I'm very happy I found all this information, now I will be able to repair my windshield, without paying huge to replace it, thanks again so much Marie Vazquez

  4. What is it that makes damage to the interior of the windshield non-repairable? I have a larger size crater on the interior of my windshield that might be slightly larger than the size of a nickle. The crater appears to have been left behind when the mirror and mounting plate had gotten snapped off of the windshield. Can anything be done for this situation?


  5. I recommend calling a professional if you have a cracked windshield. They will be able to diagnose the problem and let you know if it can be repaired or needs to be replaced. In Tulsa, OK, I recommend GlassWorks Auto Glass at

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