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How to Repair a Windshield Chip

NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR BROKEN WINDSHIELDS. Those words basically kiss you as you are stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic with no way to get around the construction truck painted with that sentence. You try to do everything in your power to fall farther back from the truck, or make it into another lane, but all your efforts are in vain. Suddenly, as an opening appears in the lane beside yours, you start to accelerate and merge into your escape zone. Just as you do this, like a sick joke, the truck kicks back a stone, right into your windshield. The windshield chip that remains from the rogue pebble sends an angry shutter down your spine. Is your windshield now needing to be replaced? All from an unforeseeable and unavoidable piece of gravel? If you get to it quick enough, you might be able to repair the windshield chip before it begins to spread or expand. How? Follow this simple guide in repairing a windshield clip.

  • To begin the repair, you need to go to a store and get a windshield chip repair kit. These can often be found at a Wal-Mart or any auto parts store.
  • Once you have chosen a kit, you can begin the repair process. You want to have an absolutely dry windshield, which means you probably don’t want to do this job on a rainy day. If the area is wet, use a blow dryer to dry the spot. The windshield needs to be clean, at least around the windshield chip. Use a little acetone to clean this area but make sure it is only a little bit, so that it doesn’t drip anywhere.
  • This next step can be different, depending on what kind of windshield chip repair kit you got. We will discuss a basic one, which will give you a better idea of how to fix the windshield chip yourself.
  • The one we used is a Loctite brand windshield chip repair, and is relatively simple to handle. It consists of an adhesive and a fitting/syringe to help apply it. To begin, start by removing the film on the adhesive, and applying it to the windshield crack.
  • Next attach the fitting in the upright position, letting it sit directly on the adhesive, completely vertical.
  • Now use the syringe, sticking it into the fitting, and holding the bottom part firmly to the fitting.
  • Next pull back on the syringe’s handle, for about a minute, letting the vacuum of the syringe pull all the impurities up and pushing the adhesive down.
  • Finally, let the handle go. The slamming pressure will push the adhesive into the chip, making sure it goes everywhere it needs to.
  • Once you’ve done this about 6 or 7 times, remove the syringe, adapter, and adhesive and the original adhesive sheet. There will be a small bit of film left over that you can scrape off with a razor blade, but give the adhesive a few hours to cure before you do this.

This easy to use kit makes it possible to fix that irritating chip, without having to replace the whole glass. The way the adhesive glides into the crack, while the syringe pulls out all the water and dirt, makes sure you end up with a beautiful finish. So if you ever get a windshield chip, whether by an unavoidable stone or by some other tragic chip maker, all is not lost.  If you follow the steps laid out in this guide and on the windshield chip repair kit correctly, and let the adhesive work its magic, then the kit will leave you nothing but a feint reminder of that frustrating piece of highway debris.

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When and How to Change Wiper Blades

Windshield wipers, the automotive equivalent to your eyelids, are designed for driving in the rain and for keeping your windshield clean of dirt, bugs, and other visual impairments. The wiper blade, the focal point of a windshield wiper, pushes and pulls things off the windshield.

This makes driving safe and allows you to keep your eyes focused on where they should be, the open road ahead. Unfortunately, with the pressure and consistent friction on the rubber, makes a windshield wiper blade wear, and therefore decreases the efficiency of the windshield wiper. Exposure to the sun also breaks down the rubber, making it less flexible and useful. Sometimes, if left for extended periods of time without replacement, the windshield wipers can actually make it harder to drive in the rain, as they will smear the water and dirt across the windshield. This makes it extremely important to replace them on a regular basis, judging their replacement times on how well they work.

So when you know it is time to replace your windshield wipers, how do you? Here is a simple guide to get you back to driving with a safe view ahead.

  • First, when you are going to replace your windshield wipers, you first need to figure out whether you will be replacing the whole windshield wiper blade, or just the rubber insert.
  • Once you have figured out what you are planning to replace, head to your local auto shop or go online to buy your replacement. In an auto store, they should have a booklet explaining what size wiper blade you need for your vehicle. If they don’t, looking it up in your manual or online will tell you. Of course, you would simply remove the wiper blades and match them up at the autoparts store. It is best to have the replacements before you remove the old wiper blades, in case an unexpected storm happens.
  • After retrieving your new wiper blades or windshield wipers, you can begin the removal of the old ones. If you are replacing the whole windshield wiper, it is relatively simple to remove the old one. Basically, you just need to unclip the assembly from the wiper arm, and then slide it off. If you are replacing only the rubber insert, then removing it takes a little more effort. You must first lift the wiper arm up. Then, tilt the blade itself to see the release tab. Open it and slide the assembly arm off. Now, pull the rubber wiper blade out, and be sure to hold onto the metal reinforcements.
  • For installation of the new windshield wipers, remember to check which size goes on which arm. Then simply clip it in to the appropriate slot. You don’t normally have to check sizes when it comes to installing new wiper blades, as the removal and installation of each wiper blade should happen at the same time. Just always make sure to put the correct size on the correct arm for both situations.
  • When installing the new wiper blades, go ahead and slide the metal reinforcement pieces in to the outer grooves. This will help the wiper blade keep its shape when sliding it in. When you slide the wiper blade through, check that it goes through each hook. Pro Tip: Always install new rubber inserts starting from the bottom of the blade, that is, the part of the blade that faces the hood. Otherwise, a poorly seated wiper insert could fly off the next time you try to use it!
  • Whether you replace the inserts or the whole windshield wiper blade, follow these steps on both arms, lower the arms down, and you are good to go!

Don’t wait till your windshield wipers become completely useless to replace them, or the next rainstorm that happens while you are driving can be a lot more dangerous than it should be. Follow this guide and you will see how a simple DIY project can make a world of difference.

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