I grew up around cars my entire life and could turn a wrench around the same time I learned to walk. As a result, I've learned a lot about car maintenance, repair, and mechanics. I also learned that a lot of people don't have that level of understanding, so I wanted to share my skills and my knowledge with others. I've created this site to help teach people how to maintain their own cars safely so that they don't risk disaster on the road. I hope the information here helps you to take better care of your car and maybe make fewer trips to the local auto repair shop.
It is the one component on your vehicle that stands between you and the hazards that are whipping by as you speed down the road. Yet, many vehicle owners fail to give the windshield as much credit as they should. Some even see this as a device that is just as durable as the rest of the car. That is, of course, until a crack shows up and they're reminded that this vehicle component is indeed more fragile because it is composed of glass. Even if you recognize this fact and do all you can to avoid windshield damage, cracks may still show up just the same. In many cases, the cracks that come about with a bit of mystery as to their cause are referred to as stress cracks.
So, exactly what is a stress crack anyway?
A stress crack is what auto glass repair experts use to describe cracks that develop on a car windshield due to some type of stress. In some cases, the stress will be apparent. For example, if someone climbs onto the car and sits on the window and a crack develops, you will now the stress of that person's weight on the glass caused the problem. However, most of the time, stress cracks are caused by other forms of pressure, such as high winds or extreme temperature fluctuations.
Can stress cracks be repaired or will the windshield have to be replaced?
Whether or not a stress crack can be repaired with filler resin will rely on a few factors that your chosen auto glass repair technician will discuss with you, including where the crack starts and how wide it is. If a crack has started on one side of the windshield and is slowly making its way to the other, a resin-fill repair may not work because the crack will continue to widen in spite of the repair.
Why would a car repeatedly get stress cracks in its windshield?
It is not at all uncommon for one vehicle owner to have problems with stress cracks more than once in some cases. This can be relative to things like the area where you live or the atmosphere and climate. Repeated stress cracks can also be caused by flaws in the frame of the vehicle itself. If you have a vehicle that has some sort of structural flaw in the area that houses the windshield, it can mean the windshield is less resilient to minor stresses.
Contact a company like FB Glass for more information and assistance.