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Tips For Taking Care Of A New Windshield

So, you have just replaced the windshield on your car — now what? Your trusted Denver windshield replacement experts should tell you some of these tips after a replacement is done, but just in case, here are some tips when it comes to protecting your brand new windshield.

Leave Windows Cracked

This may be harder for someone who doesn’t have a garage during the winter, but if you are able, it is highly recommended that you leave some of the windows cracked. This ensures that the pressure on the outside of the window and the pressure on the inside remains the same. If you can’t do this, it isn’t going to break your windshield or anything, but it will ensure that the seal has enough time to change. You only need to do this for 24 hours or so after it is replaced.

Don’t Wash Your Car 

Like leaving the windows open for a little bit, this only needs to happen for 24 hours after the windshield replacement. The reason you don’t want to do this isn’t necessarily because of the water, but rather because of the pressure of the water on the car. Using high-pressure hoses on the windshield has the potential to mess with the seal and cause it not to completely seal in the way that it should be.

Avoid Roads With Potholes

If at all possible, avoid roads with large bumps and potholes. When driving your car home, you want to completely make sure that any unneeded issues will not arise. If you hit a large bump, it might shake the seal just enough so it doesn’t seal properly. If you see a bump that is not avoidable, then I would recommend slowing down enough to take it pretty slow. This will allow for the seal not to be shaken a ton.

Don’t Slam Your Doors

This is just good practice for your car in general, but you should definitely be mindful of it 24 hours after your windshield replacement. If you accidentally do this, it won’t cause the windshield to completely shatter or crack, but it can cause issues with the seal on the windshield. The seal needs to be perfectly fitted for the structural integrity of the glass. Shaking that might cause it to shift ever so slightly.

This is also a good time to mention that if you have a car that has a subwoofer in it, then just for 24 hours afterward you should turn the bass down. If you don’t, it can rattle that seal and not allow it to apply properly.

Do Not Drive For At Least An Hour

Sometimes you may have to drive, but if it can be avoided, it is highly recommended that you wait. This is because the urethane in the windshield needs at least this amount of time to set. If possible, wait for longer than this, but at an hour the urethane is completely up to safety standards.

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Now you should be able to make sure that your new windshield seals properly, but for any of your Denver windshield replacement needs, contact us today

5 Tips for Preparing Your Car for Bad Weather, Part 2

Hi there, and welcome back! In our recent post, we began looking at the ways to prepare your vehicle for bad weather, which included checking all the lights, tires, wiper blades, and refilling all of the main fluids in your car. Additionally, we recommend packing a roadside emergency kit so that you’re always prepared in the case of an emergency or should you need to perform a general auto repair on the side of the road. It’s only September here in Colorado, yet there are many thunderstorms and tornado warnings that will surely happen between now and the winter season. Taking the necessary steps to prepare your vehicle for bad weather will help ensure your and your passengers’ safety during inclement weather. Please continue reading below to learn more handy tips for prepping your car for bad weather.

Pack a First-Aid Kit

Like a roadside emergency kit, keeping a first-aid kit in your car is wise. Unfortunately, road accidents are an unsettling reality that many Colorado drivers will face, and bad weather only increases the chances of getting into a car accident. A first aid kit can help treat minor injuries sustained in an auto accident and can provide relief while waiting for emergency workers to arrive. Affordable, pre-stocked first-aid kits are available at any grocery store or gas station, or you can always build one yourself. Either way, these kits are great to have around in case of an emergency. It’s a good idea to keep a few bottles of water in your car at all times, too.

Check Your Battery

Inspect your battery for any indication of corrosion, dirt, or other issues that might prevent it from functioning efficiently. If you notice corrosion, clean off the battery with club soda and an old cloth. Are the battery cables and clamps frayed or badly corroded? Is the battery case cracked or damaged in any way? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, you might consider replacing the battery or at least have it tested. The last thing you want is to be stranded on the side of the road with a dead battery in the middle of a lightning storm or during a tornado warning!  

Build a Tool Kit

Tool kits are also great to keep in your car because you never know when you’ll need a specific tool to repair or replace something on your vehicle. Use a sturdy box or storage bin and stock it with basic tools such as a tire pressure gauge, a wrench, a multi-head screwdriver, sturdy clamps, work gloves, and of course, a flashlight. This way, if you have to pull over during a downpour to change your headlights or make a quick repair, you’ll have the necessary tools to do so.

Schedule a Windshield Repair

Inspect your windshield for any damage that may require a repair. Small chips and cracks may seem insignificant, yet they may obstruct your line of sight during a bad storm, especially one at night. Additionally, pressure changes and temperature changes can affect windshield cracks, making them spider out and worsen. If you notice any damage to your windshield, contact our reliable team at Denver Mobile Auto Glass and we’ll meet you at your location in one of our mobile trucks to perform the windshield repair.

Thank you for reading our short blog series which we hope you’ve found helpful. This concludes our short blog series exploring helpful ways to prepare your car for bad weather. If you would like to schedule a windshield repair or windshield replacement, please give our team a call, as we’d be happy to get you back on the road with a safe windshield.