When Should You Change your Windshield Wipers?

It is important to periodically change your windshield wipers. This is a key car maintenance activity to ensure clear driving vision when it is raining or snowing. Windshield wipers should ideally be changed every 6 months to one year. Windshield wipers are made from rubber, which can deteriorate during the hot summer months. On the other hand, windshield wipers take heavy damage during the winter months as well due to wet and freezing conditions. The rubber and plastic of the wipers can only take so much damage as time goes by. There are a few things you should look out for that will indicate when it is time to change out your windshield wipers:

  • When the wipers are running during the rain, they create large streaks of water, rather than fully wiping away water. Alternatively, you’ll see large sections where water isn’t being moved at all. Most likely the rubber is damaged or warped so it is not creating a complete seal with the windshield.
  • If the wipers are starting to break down they will make a chattering or stuttering sound as they move across your windshield. They are damaged to a point where they are not straight anymore, and cannot create a seal as they wipe your glass.
  • The most obvious way to know its time to replace your windshield wipers is if you see the rubber peeling away from the wipers. This is bad! Your wipers won’t be doing you any good without the rubber attached. Get your wipers replaced as soon as you see this happening.

The windshield wiper can make a huge difference in raining or snowing conditions. They are important for driver vision, and therefore driver and passenger safety.

What is a Windshield Bully?

The term “windshield bully” refers to a shady salesman that offers auto glass repair services to unsuspecting victims that do not actually need auto glass repair services.

Windshield bullies typically approach their victims in parking lots, car washes, and other public places. They will usually approach a car owner and make remarks about the owner’s windshield or auto glass, usually pointing out damage that either doesn’t exist or is extremely negligible.

The pitch used by many of the windshield bullies is to claim that they have some sort of “insurance loophole” or that their is a new state law that allows the car owner to get a free windshield replacement. The entire pitch is a scam designed to get you to pay for a windshield replacement that you do not need. Many times, the work done will not be up to the auto glass standards required by law, and you will have to replace the windshield again.

Never use an auto glass service that approaches you in a public place or at your house. Use friends and family and the internet to find a reputable auto glass service. And always consult with your insurance provider before committing to an auto glass service.

What is OEM Glass?

OEM, or Original Equipment Manufacturer, glass is auto glass that is virtually identical to the glass that was installed into your car when originally manufactured. OEM glass is the most ideal glass to use for a windshield replacement because every manufacturer uses slightly different specifications for their auto glass. By using OEM glass, you can be ensured that your new windshield is the safest possible option because it is what the manufacturer used originally.

At Wisconsin Windshield Centers, we use OEM glass whenever possible. If the original manufacturer no longer makes your car’s windshield, we will find the new manufacturer that is building your car’s original windshield. This ensures the safest and highest quality windshield replacement possible.

Wisconsin Windshield Centers is a leading auto glass repair shop, with locations in West Bend and the greater Milwaukee area. For more information about our services, or to book an appointment, contact us online or give us a call at (800) 900-1505.

Will I be able to see the damage after the windshield repair?

After a windshield repair from Wisconsin Windshield Centers, the place of the windshield damage will be virtually invisible. This is because all of our windshield repair services utilize our Clarity® Windshield Repair Resin. This repair resin, which was developed specifically for Wisconsin Windshield Centers and partners, is designed to match the refractive index of the glass it is injected  into. This means that the glass will be extremely clear where the damage happened.

This guarantees the safest possible windshield repair. Our main concern with every repair is that the windshield is restored to its original strength so that it provides the highest level of safety and structural integrity to the driver and car. However, this is not enough. We call our windshield repair resin Clarity because it delivers the clearest view to the driver. The damage after a Wisconsin Windshield Centers windshield repair will be virtually invisible.

For more information about our windshield repair services, contact us at (800) 900-1505.

How is your Windshield a Safety Feature for Automobiles?

Your windshield does more than just keep bugs and rocks out of your eyes. It is also a key safety component for your automobile. Just like the seat belt, air bags, and anti-lock brakes, the windshield has developed with automobiles over time to become an important element for keeping the driver and passengers safe.

The early windshield was designed to help the driver see while on the road. Nowadays, the windshield heavily contributes to the structural integrity of every automobile. In rollovers, the cabin of the car must remain intact as the roof of the car takes heavy impact, and if the car ends up landing on its back. The windshield helps provide the roof of the car with support, preventing the car from crushing in from the roof.

In front end collisions, the windshield also provides structural support to the front of the car. The windshield can provide up to 45% of structural support in front end collisions. Windshields also play an important role in front end accidents because the passenger side air bag actually bounces off of the windshield when it is deployed. Your windshield must be strong enough to support the force of a deploying air bag. According to GM, airbags deploy at about 200 MPH.

Additionally, the windshield helps keep occupants inside the cabin of the car. One of the most common causes of fatalities from motor accidents is ejection from the vehicle. The windshield helps keep you in the car in front end collisions.

If you have a cracked or chipped windshield, the structural integrity of your entire vehicle is at risk. Contact Wisconsin Windshield Centers for more information about windshields and our windshield repair services.

How Long does a Windshield Replacement Take?

Our goal is for every windshield replacement to be fast, convenient, and safe. The actual windshield replacement process takes about one hour from start to finish. This includes removing the damaged glass, cleaning out the area, and putting in the new glass. For every replacement, the technician uses high-quality Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) glass and premium Sika brand urethane adhesive heated up to 180 degrees.

After making the replacement, the driver must wait an additional hour for the Safe Drive Away Time. The Wisconsin Windshield Centers Safe Drive Away Time of about one hour is the lowest in the industry. This is the lowest amount of time we require you to wait so that the adhesive can fully seal.

Between the actual replacement service and the one hour Safe Drive Away Time, a windshield replacement at Wisconsin Windshield Centers take two hours.

How Long Does a Windshield Repair Take?

We often get asked, “How long does a windshield repair take?”, and for good reason. A broken or damaged windshield is a hassle. It is an inconvenient reality of being on the road, and you just want to get it taken care of as quickly as possible. Fortunately, our windshield repair process is one of the fastest in the industry.

With our Clarity® Windshield Repair Resin, one of our highly trained windshield repair technicians can repair your windshield in twenty minutes or less. That is because our repair resin was designed to have an accelerated curing time. When our repair technician exposes the resin to ultra violet, the resin cures in one minute.

Our repair technicians are highly skilled at locating damage and using the perfect amount of repair resin to fill the damage. After filling the damage and curing the resin, you are ready to drive away safely. We encourage all drivers with minor windshield damage to get the damage repaired. Not only is it more affordable, but windshield repairs are much faster than windshield replacements.

For more information about our windshield repair services and our Clarity® Windshield Repair Resin, please contact us or give us a call at 800-900-1505.

Why should I get my windshield repaired right away?

When your car or vehicle takes minor windshield damage, you are fortunate to have the option to get your windshield repaired right away. Minor windshield damage can be defined in several ways. One way that makes the damage “minor” is if it’s in the form of a crack that is shorter than a dollar bill, “the long way”. Another kind of minor damage is circular or star shaped damage that is smaller than the size of a quarter. Another requirement is that the damage is not in the line of vision of the driver, because our safety standards require that we must replace windshields that have any damage directly in front of the driver.

If your damage meets these requirements, and our repair specialist signs off on it, you can get your windshield repaired instead of replaced. However, many drivers do not take advantage of this situation. Many drivers simply put off taking care of their damaged windshield because it is so minor. This catch-22 ends up costing people added money, because in most cases minor windshield damage does not stay that way. Minor cases of windshield damage often spread and become more serious over time. With weather, changes in temperature, and other elements, the glass can get warped and the damage can spread past the line of “minor” into a major case of damage.

Our windshield repair services are fast and affordable. A repair can be done in 20 minutes, versus an hour for a replacement. Many insurance companies will completely cover the cost of a repair, while some replacements require you to also put down a deductible. Also, it is much more safe to get your windshield repaired right away, instead of waiting.

Contact Wisconsin Windshield Centers today at (800) 900-1505 to find out if we can repair your windshield today.