Many people mistakenly believe windshield maintenance only means keeping their wiper fluid reservoir full. While plenty of wiper fluid certainly helps keep your windshield clear, properly caring for your auto glass involves much more than a full fluid reservoir. At Only 1 Auto Glass, we know you and your passengers are only well-protected when your auto glass is well-maintained. To help you prolong the life of your auto glass and increase your safety while driving, make sure you’re practicing the following windshield maintenance tips:
Use the Appropriate Cleaning Products
If you regularly use household cleaning products to maintain your windshield, you may be causing unintended damage. Ammonia-based cleaning products can degrade the seals that surround your windshield, potentially leading to leakage over time. And if you have tinted windows, you need to be especially careful as household products can cause your tint to deteriorate. To maintain your windshield properly, only use designated auto glass cleansers to remove dirt and grime.
Replace Wipers Regularly
Did you know old windshield wipers can damage your auto glass? It’s true — as the rubber deteriorates, the metal components of your wipers can scratch grooves into your windshield. Plus, poorly functioning wipers reduce your visibility while driving, putting your safety at risk. To avoid scratches in your auto glass and to maintain your safety, it’s important to replace your windshield wipers at least once per year. In the interim, make sure you clean your wiper blades regularly with a soft, lint-free cloth and a designated auto glass cleanser.
Take Advantage of Covered Parking
If you have a garage, use it to park your vehicle, not to store your extra junk. Falling debris can easily damage your windshield, but keeping your vehicle sheltered will help you avoid auto glass repairs. Parking in covered areas away from harsh UV rays can also help extend the life of your windshield, not to mention your paint job. Plus, during winter, when temperatures can fluctuate as much as 30 degrees in one day, your garage’s insulation helps protect auto glass from potentially damaging expansion and contraction. If you don’t have a garage, try to park under the protection of a carport or in a parking garage.
Repair Minor Chips and Cracks Promptly
When your windshield has a minor crack or chip, it is critical that you have it repaired as soon as possible. While minor glass damage may seem inconsequential, that damage can quickly snowball into a larger issue. Interior and exterior temperature fluctuations can cause your windshield glass to contract and expand, furthering cracks and chips. Or, if road debris hits your windshield during a routine trip, a small crack can immediately grow. Promptly repairing minor damage helps prevent you from needing a full windshield replacement. Plus, minor repairs help maintain the structural integrity of your vehicle, which keeps you and your passengers well protected.
Auto Glass Repair and Replacement in the Twin Cities
If your windshield has suffered minor chips or cracks, call Only 1 Auto Glass for prompt, guaranteed repairs. With mobile service vehicles and 15 locations throughout the Twin Cities metro, we make windshield repair as quick and convenient as possible. To learn more about our auto glass repair services or to schedule your repair appointment, give us a call at 651.789.1111, or feel free to message us on our contact page. To get started right away, request a free repair estimate!