Windshield Line Crack

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Old 05-14-09, 08:15 PM
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Windshield Line Crack

I have line crack that started on my front windshield in the driver side area where the inspection sticker is. The crack extends less than a dollar bill length accross and then about the size of a dollar bill downwards. It does not affect my view when driving. A new windshield will cost about $200 but I dont plan to keep the car much longer. I just need the crack to be less visible so the DMV does not fail me when inspection time comes in July 2009.

This crack started small and I should I have addressed it in the beginning but was very careless. Its not even a deep crack. This all started over a year ago and has gone through a hot summer and cold winter already.

Can this still be repaired to be less visible to the DMV? Can you still get a used windshield and is it worth it? Are there any DIY repair kits for this?
 
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Old 05-15-09, 09:01 AM
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Not entirely positive, but I think I saw the gasket for a windshield for sale at a local chain parts shop when I was looking for something else.
 
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Old 05-15-09, 09:14 AM
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I'm confused...what's the gasket for?
 
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Old 05-15-09, 09:31 AM
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To go on the outside of the windshield when it is installed to prevent water from coming in.
 
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Old 05-15-09, 03:50 PM
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OK..OK. GUYS...You have hit UNCLEDIEZEL with his pet Peeve........


I dont know who propogated the idea of using a Dollar bill to gauge a crack in a windshield, But it is entirely HOGWASH.

The intensity of a crack Varies greatly from state to state, as it pertains to a State Inspection, But in reality......A CRACK IS A CRACK...and CRACKS Spread...... In my county, ANY imperfection in the glass that is touched by the wiper blades, is cause for rejection. If it lies outside of the "Wiper -Swipe", then cracks are permitted if they TERMINATE at BOTH ends on a perimeter of the glass.....So It can no longer have a possibility of spreading.

The DIY kits for windshield repair are basically for chips and holes in the glass. "If the spider has legs" you will be buying a windshield.

"Of course, There are always a number of ways to approach a State Inspection"...However most of the Illegal methods will cost you more than replacing your glass......So bite the bullet...suck it up, and replace it.
 
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Old 05-15-09, 05:09 PM
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Yep.......it's toast and it's not likley that DMV will pass it.

It is cheaper and safer to have the windshield replaced by a glass company than to do it yourself.
I use to do my own winshields and it was dirty, difficult, I had to locate a windshield, find the correct butyl tape and clean out the old glue and try not to crack the new one putting it in.........oh yeah......and dispose of the old one!

A glass company comes to your location and can have it done in less then 30 minutes for about $230.00........it's worth it!

I actually got pulled over by an un-marked cop car going the opposite way for a crack in my windshield.
 
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Old 05-16-09, 07:44 AM
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If you live in a state that still uses stickers on the plates for expiration dates, be careful if someone takes the last number off of your plate to get the sticker. That happened to me several years ago, so I used a white marker on a blue plate to write in the missing number and expiration date. I was driving in a different state and got nailed for driving with a damaged license plate.
 
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