What is Windshield Calibration and When Do You Need One?

Most newer model vehicles have made the switch from autonomous driving to Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) to provide a better driving experience and increased vehicle safety. ADAS systems can alert drivers of vehicle hazards as well as take control of the vehicle if necessary. An example of this is applying emergency brakes if the vehicle is at or above a certain speed with an object in close proximity to avoid a collision. Due to these systems, replacing the windshield on a vehicle is more complex and the new windshield will need to be calibrated properly to ensure these systems work.

What is ADAS Windshield Calibration?

Windshield calibration is the process of adjusting the parameters of a camera lens in order to ensure a complete image of the vehicle, road, and surroundings. Once the windshield is replaced, the following recalibrations will happen.

  • Static Recalibration – A target will be mounted in front of the vehicle to assist with the calibration and takes an average of 45-minutes.
  • Dynamic Recalibration – The vehicle is driven on a road at a specific speed to recalibrate the systems and typically takes an average of 30-minutes to one hour.

During the calibration process, the camera is essentially retrained to know when to activate automated safety measures.

Is ADAS Calibration Necessary?

Without ADAS calibration, the system won’t run properly, which can jeopardize the functionality and can lead to dangerous driving.

What Does a Misaligned ADAS System Affect?

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Adaptive high beam
  • Adaptive light control
  • Automatic parking
  • Blind spot monitor
  • Collision avoidance system
  • Driver monitoring system
  • Emergency driver assistant
  • Hill descent control
  • Lane change assistant
  • And more!

To schedule your windshield calibration with our team at Carolina Windshield Centers, contact our team today at (800) 900-1505.

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How to Care for a Newly Replaced Windshield

After having your windshield replaced, taking the proper steps towards maintaining your new windshield will keep your windshield in great condition and will help it last as long as possible. After installation, make sure to follow these tips.

For the First Hour…

Wait At Least 45-Minutes to Drive

After having your windshield replaced, wait at least 45-minutes to drive your car to allow the adhesive used to hold the glass in place to set and dry. This adhesive creates a strong, waterproof seal around the glass. Your technician will remind you of this when they are done replacing your windshield. Be sure to also keep an eye out for glass pieces in your car. Your technician will clean up after the replacement, but it’s always good to be extra careful.

For the First Two Days…

Leave the Window Cracked

When you close your windows, the air pressure in your car builds up and after a windshield replacement, the pressure can put extra stress on the adhesive seal around the glass. To help avoid this pressure from building up, leave your window cracked an inch.

Don’t Remove the Retention Tape

After your windshield is replaced, the technician will place retention tape to help hold the moldings of your windshield in place while it dries. To help keep the adhesive protected from the elements as it dries, leave the tape in place for a day or two.

Avoid Car Washes

For the first day or two after a windshield replacement, avoid going through the car wash and any power washers to help avoid damage or shifting on the new moldings on your new windshield.

To schedule your windshield replacement or to ask our team any questions, contact us today at (800) 900-1505.