Depending on the type of vehicle you own, a certain amount of road noise is normal. Frame design, the type of tires you have, and varying road conditions all contribute to noise while driving, but if that noise suddenly exceeds normal levels, it’s usually cause for concern.


At Only 1 Auto Glass, we’ve found that many drivers aren’t aware that damaged auto glass can also contribute to the road noise they hear. Below, we’re discussing some of the most common culprits behind


Improperly Performed Windshield Replacement

Do you hear rattling or shaking near your windshield when you drive over a bump or a rough patch of road? Did you recently have a windshield replacement? If so, the unusual noise may be a sign that glass was improperly installed and is slightly loose in the frame.


If you believe your windshield may be loose, it’s imperative that you have the problem corrected as promptly as possible. An improperly installed windshield has the potential to become airborne at high speeds, which is a major hazard to you, your passengers, and other drivers.


Damage Near the Edges of Your Auto Glass

Can you hear noise that appears to be emanating from a damaged area near the outside edge of your windshield? Air can sometimes penetrate through areas of glass damage, and if that damage exists near the edge of your windshield, an influx of air can compromise the seal.


Occasionally, chips and cracks near the edges of a windshield can also tear or cut the seal that holds the glass in place. If you can see damage near the edges of your auto glass, don’t neglect it. For your own safety, take your vehicle to an auto glass repair shop at your earliest convenience. If the damage is minor and the seal is still intact, repair may be a viable solution.


Improperly Aligned Side Window

Occasionally, side windows become misaligned in their tracks, which impedes their ability to close or open completely. If you can hear a hissing sound while driving, even though your windows appear to be fully closed, a misalignment between the track and the glass is probably the culprit.


Here’s a quick test: Try closing the window all the way before attempting to insert a thin object between the glass and the frame. If there’s enough space to squeeze something in there, you’ll likely need to have the window re-aligned inside the track to stop the hissing noise. 


Only 1 Auto Glass: Your Twin Cities Source for Reliable Auto Glass Repairs

When you need prompt, reliable, high-quality auto glass repairs, look no further than Only 1 Auto Glass. With 15 locations throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro, our fleet of mobile repair vehicles, and over 200 years of combined experience, we’re the go-to choice for quality auto glass repair. From rock chip repairs to full windshield replacements, when we work on your auto glass, we guarantee your complete satisfaction.


To learn more about our auto glass services or to schedule your free estimate, feel free to give our team a call at 651-789-1111. You can also get in touch with us through our contact page, and a member of our team will be in touch with you promptly.