When it comes to automotive care, windows are often overlooked despite their being a critical safety component for you and your passengers. When the time comes to replace your windshield, here are some important guidelines.
Do you have plans to get a new windshield? Congratulations for not neglecting this vital safety component of your vehicle! Cracks in your windshield may seem harmless, but it’s not worth risking the safety of yourself or your passengers in case of failure. After you’ve had your windshield replace, it’s important to follow some simple guidelines to ensure optimal effectiveness of your windshield replacement.
Can I Start Driving Immediately?
While the windshield will not move after an hour during a normal driving conditions, it’s best to wait a full 24 hours before driving to allow the windshield to fully set. Several factors may influence the time needed for the adhesive to set (this includes humidity and temperature.) In general, most adhesives will fully set in 24 hours. If you must drive after a windshield replacement, it’s imperative that you avoid rough terrain. Having your car bounce around on rugged roadways before your windshield has fully set may impact that quality of the bond.
When Should I Remove the Tape?
The tape helps provide pressure and keep the windshield in place. As a result, it’s a good idea to keep the tape on for a full 24 hrs.
Can I Wash My Car?
We love shiny cars as much as you, but you’ll want to avoid washing your car until the windshield adhesive has fully set. Many automatic car washes use high-pressure water streams to clean the various nooks-and-crannies of your vehicle. If the adhesive is not set, water streams can work their way into the adhesive, thereby weakening its bond. Allow your windshield to fully set before considering a wash.
These post-windshield replacement guidelines should be pretty easy to follow and will help ensure a durable repair. When in doubt, avoid moving your car for 24 hrs before you hit the road again.
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