Have you noticed moisture accumulation inside your vehicle? Or how about an unusual musty, damp odor? If these sound familiar, you’re vehicle has likely sprung a leak. Other signs of a leak include inexplicably wet carpet or floor mats, interior rust, and continually foggy windows. Sound familiar? At Only 1 Auto Glass, we know there are many possible causes of vehicle leaks; we also know the problem typically stems from auto glass issues. If you think your vehicle has sprung a leak, and you believe your windshield is to blame, here’s how to find out, and what you should do about it.
How To Test Your Windshield For Leaks
So you think your windshield has sprung a leak? When you notice water inside your vehicle or condensation building in the cabin, the issue may not stem from a leaky windshield. Instead, the moisture may be entering your vehicle from another site, perhaps another window. Here’s how to find out if your windshield is the true culprit:
● Douse your windshield in soapy water.
● From the inside of your vehicle, use an air compressor or air nozzle to direct air at the trim around your windshield. If you can see new bubbles forming on the outside of the windshield, you have a leak.
● Alternatively, try taking your vehicle through an automatic car wash or have a helper spray your windshield with water while you sit inside your vehicle. If you see water dripping inside, it’s time for a windshield replacement.
What’s Causing the Leak?
If you believe your windshield is leaking, there are a number of possible causes. Typically, windshield leaks are due to gradual deterioration of the rubber seal around the glass; however, improper installation is also a frequent culprit. Signs your windshield was poorly installed include:
● You hear unusual “whooshing” while driving at high speeds.
● You saw the installers working without gloves.
● You hear unusual vibrating or rattling while driving.
● The windshield is not flush with the frame.
● Old adhesive remains in the frame.
If you believe your windshield is leaking, and you’ve observed any of the above, the leak is likely due to installation errors. If, however, you’ve had your current windshield in place for years, and you suddenly notice water inside your vehicle, it probably a result of a deteriorating seal or the glue that holds the glass in place. Occasionally, tiny leaks go unnoticed for months and even years after a windshield replacement, so determining a possible cause can be somewhat difficult. Take your vehicle to a reputable auto glass repair company for a thorough diagnosis.
What Can You Do About A Leaky Windshield?
If you’ve tested your windshield and believe you’ve found a leak, it’s time to head to a reputable auto glass repair shop. While you can find a number of do-it-yourself windshield leak repair guides online, DIY auto glass repair is never a good idea. Not only might you further the problem by using inappropriate products, but you’ll continue dealing with the leak, too. And since water accumulation can cause serious issues inside your vehicle, allowing the leak to continue could put both your vehicle and your safety at risk.
Only trained and certified auto glass replacement technicians should perform windshield repairs or replacements. A trained and experienced professional can quickly diagnose your auto glass, recommend the appropriate course of action, and make the necessary repairs.
Expert Windshield Replacement at Only 1 Auto Glass
If you believe your windshield is leaking, it’s time to give Only 1 Auto Glass a call. With over 15 locations throughout the Twin Cities metro, we can replace your auto glass promptly, so you can get back on the road safely. Our number one goal is customer satisfaction, and when you work with us, you get the benefit of over 200 years of combined experience. We do the job right the first time — every time. To learn more about our services or to schedule your appointment, give us a call at 651-789-1111, or feel free to message us on our contact page.