Chip Windshield Repair

February 17, 2012

While cracks longer than three inches should be handled by a professional, chip windshield repair is simple enough to carry out yourself.

Chip Windshield Repair

Chip windshield repair is something that many people will ignore until a small problem becomes a much larger and expensive one. A windshield can be repaired professionally or in many cases a DIY repair is possible. The costs will vary depending on which route you choose. Here is a quick breakdown of those costs.

Do-It-Yourself Chip Windshield Repair
Repairing a windshield chip is simple and pretty inexpensive. If the chip is smaller than the diameter of a quarter then it should be possible to fix it yourself. Windshield repair kits can be purchased at auto repair stores as well as big box retailers like Home Depot. The kit uses a syringe filled with a clear resin which fills the chip, preventing it from spreading further. Simple to use and usually costing between $8.00 and $12.00, these kits provide an inexpensive way to fix your windshield.

Professional Chip Windshield Repair
If your windshield crack is longer than 3 inches, DIY repair is not possible. A professional can seal a crack that is up to 12 inches long as well as any larger chips. The costs will vary depending on who you choose to do the work. In general, a crack less than 3 inches long should cost between $35 and $65, and a crack up to 12 inches long will probably run up to $75.00 to seal. A crack longer than 12 inches requires the entire windshield to be replaced. A professional will often fix a chip for $10.00 to $15.00.

A small chip can quickly expand into a crack and eventually the entire windshield will be spidered and require replacement. Fixing a chip as soon as possible can prevent a costly replacement bill.

Related Questions and Answers

How Can I Tell If I Need a Chipped Glass Repair Service for My Windshield?

If the glass in your windshield is compromised by chips, it has become weakened, and thus you should consider some form of chipped glass repair. A weakened piece of glass is more likely to break completely if you hit a serious pothole while driving. Small rocks encountered during everyday driving can also cause windshield failure when the glass is already chipped. Resin injection is the usual method of repair chips or cracks in car glass. Since driving with any defects in your windshield is illegal in most states, any crack or chip is enough to make it so you need to have your windshield repaired or replaced.

Is It Illegal to Drive with a Cracked Car Windshield?

A cracked car windshield is a weakened car windshield. A windshield with a crack can easily splinter and finish breaking if you hit a pothole the wrong way. That could be a very bad thing if you're traveling at freeway speed and it happens. Even worse would be if you were driving at freeway speeds and the truck in front of you kicked up a rock into your windshield. The inward force of that impact would be enough to cause injury and cause you to lose control of the vehicle. For this reason, driving with a cracked windshield is illegal in most states.