Is it always possible to prevent a crack from spreading?
At Carglass, preventing a crack from spreading is only possible under certain conditions. First of all, to be able to repair this kind of damage, the impact must be small ⁽²⁾. If its repair is not possible for reasons of size or location, a change of windshield is the only solution. Carglass gives you tips for trying to slow down the progression of a microcrack.
How do windshield cracks form?
Because of the gravel thrown by other vehicles on the expressways, impacts can form on the windshield of your car. If the impact is small, that is to say less wide than a 2 euro coin, it is possible to repair it. However, the impact must not be located in the driver’s field of vision, which would hinder his visibility, nor less than 2 cm from the rain sensor, and more than three impacts must be present on the glass.
An impact can quickly grow and turn into a crack under the effect of vibrations or changes in temperature. It is therefore essential to slow down this possible progression, preferably by visiting a car glass professional, in order to avoid having to replace the windshield.
What method should you use to stop the crack on your own?
Netizens have shared the following trick which is believed to be a simple and natural yet temporary method to prevent a windshield crack from spreading. It consists of cutting a clove of garlic in half and rubbing the flesh on the damaged area before wiping off the excess with a soft, clean and dry cloth. The garlic would act as a natural resin or glue that will penetrate the crack, but would only represent a transitional method that would delay the evolution towards a major crack. Indeed, to maintain the effect, you would have to repeat the operation because, in contact with water, this natural glue would go away, hence the need to make an appointment for a repair, or even have your screen replaced. -broken.
You can also buy a windshield repair kit from specialized stores to try to repair a cracked windshield. Windshield kits include all the hardware needed to repair minor damage.
How to repair an impact on a car windshield?
The natural method is transient, until you can get to the Carglass automotive center closest to you. A technician then checks the nature, location and size of the impact to determine if a repair is possible or if a replacement of the windshield is necessary. If there is no need to replace the glazing, he will simply apply a special quick-drying resin.
In either case, the intervention takes place quickly and you can get back on the road in stride with complete peace of mind. If you have taken out the glass breakage guarantee, you have nothing to pay ⁽³⁾ other than the possible deductible, or even an excess of the ceiling, if these are indicated in your car insurance contract.