How to Fix Leaky Slider Windows on a Truck

Most older model pick up trucks have rear sliding glass windows, that have a tendency to leak, which can become an annoyance and a big problem for truck owners. When the window leaks, the water can travel down the track and get the seats and interior of the truck wet and if not dried completely, can cause mold to grow and the truck to smell musty.

The good news is that fixing these sliding windows is easier than you would think and as long as you catch the leak sooner rather than later, no major damage will be done.

Clear Drainage Channels

If the drainage channels on your windows are clogged, this could cause water to build up and leak into the truck. To clear these channels, all you will need is a pair of needle nose pliers, a flat-head screwdriver, a flashlight, and a can of compressed air.

Exterior

  1. Open the sliding window completely.
  2. Pull apart the rubber gasket on either side of where the glass sits when it is in the closed position.
  3. Shine a flashlight into the channel to see if there is anything visibly blocking the drainage channel.
  4. If there is blockage in the drainage channel, use the can of compressed air to free the blockage.

Interior

  1. Located the drain holes (also called weep holes) on the interior of the window; These are typically located just in front of the glass on the bottom corners.
  2. Close the sliding window complete and use your flat-head screwdriver to push the slider cable mount to the side and release the mechanism.
  3. Use the can of compressed air to clear out the drainage hole to help remove dust and build up that is blocking the flow of water and condensation.
  4. Replace the slide cable mount.
  5. Open the sliding window completely to release the tension on the automatic slider cable and use the flat-head screwdriver to release the mechanism.
  6. Repeat steps 3 and 4 on this side of the window.

Reroute the Water Away from the Window

By adding a rubber channel above the length of the sliding window, the rain coming off the roof and down towards the window will be rerouted away from it. This will help reduce the water that falls down the sliding window and will fix the leakage problem.

Using a 5/8″ tall black drip rail molding with 3m adhesive on the back, adding the molding to your truck is extremely easy. Keep in mind that the length of the molding should span the entire width of the window, not just the sliding portion.

In order to add the molding to your window, you will need rubbing alcohol, a rag, and scissors.

  1. Wet the rag with rubbing alcohol and clean the surface of the glass where you will be mounting your rubber molding.
  2. Once the surface is dry, use your scissors to cut the molding to the length you need and make two small marks on the molding so you can easily center it on the window.
  3. Remove the plastic cover on the adhesive strip and line up the marks and stick the molding to the window.
  4. Press firmly along the molding and smooth it down to ensure it has good adhesion to the window.

What Is Windshield Calibration?

Automobiles in today’s day and age contain a variety of modern advancements that provide car owners with a wide range of benefits. Although many of these advancements are extremely useful to have implemented within your vehicle, they can also be frustrating to properly maintain as knowing when and how to take care of them is something that many modern-day car owners struggle with.

A common example of this scenario is when individuals realize that their automobile’s windshield needs to be required. The reason for this is because it seems outlandish to have to calibrate an automobile’s windshield although many advanced driver assistance safety systems (ADAS) required a properly calibrated windshield to function correctly. The reason for this is because modern cars rely heavily on these systems to protect not only the vehicle but also those inside of it while on the road.

Why Calibrate?

Since many automobile owners don’t even know that their windshield needs to be calibrated, it is generally assumed that a trusted expert like those at Carolina Windshield Centers will be required to complete the maintenance. This guarantees that camera and any related safety systems are functioning properly. Carolina Windshield Centers is proud to offer windshield calibration services to those who have recently had a windshield replacement and are in need.

Types of Calibration

The type of windshield calibration your car requires is heavily dependent on the manufacturer of your vehicle. The reason for this is that there are different types of windshield calibration some cars require one or the other and sometimes even both.  These processes are referred to as dynamic and static recalibrations. Dynamic recalibrations need the vehicle at a certain speed on roads that are heavily marked in order to be completed successfully while static recalibration is quite different. This is because the vehicle needs to be stationary with an image positioned on a stand in front of the vehicle. After roughly forty-five minutes to an hour, the process will be complete.

Let Carolina Windshield Centers Calibrate Your Windshield!

The expert technicians at Carolina Windshield Centers are heavily trained in regard to all type of auto glass servicing including every kind of windshield calibration that your automobile could possibly require. Whether you’re looking for just a windshield recalibration, or you’re anticipating the need for one following a windshield replacement, Carolina Windshield Centers would be proud to help carry out these services for you and ensure the safety of not only your car but those inside of it as well. Contact us today for more information about us and our available services.

Should I Replace or Repair My Car’s Glass?

No matter whether you are repairing or replacing a windshield, it is inevitable that you will encounter numerous safety concerns that deserve attention when debating whether to replace or repair your windshield. A lot of people are not aware of how valuable a properly installed and completely functional windshield is to the wellbeing of passengers inside of any given automobile. The reason for this is due to the fact that numerous problems can be a result of any problems that happen while a repair or replacement is taking place as this can lead to concerns for safety relating to things such as a failure in airbag deployment and much more.

Crack Size

The initial thing that should be examined when debating whether to replace or repair a windshield that was damaged is the crack’s size. It is not uncommon for a windshield to not even be considered for a repair because of the large size of the cracks that are there. A trick known as the “dollar bill trick” is one that individuals use regularly to decide if a windshield can be repaired. Those who have a crack on their car’s windshield that a dollar bill cannot cover will experience most insurance companies automatically marketing them for a total windshield replacement.

Crack Visibility

Something else that you should ask yourself is if the crack on the windshield will be visible after a repair is done?  The outcome to this question depends on numerous aspects such as the knowledge of the auto glass employee, tools that are used, and type of crack, that are important to think about. Based on the position and size of the crack, it can sometimes appear invisible to human sight after a thorough repair. Despite this, there are cases where a crack stays noticeable even following a repair.  When this happens, it can evolve into a true danger if this distraction is within the driver’s vision. For this reason, another crucial thing to think about when debating whether to replace or repair a windshield is the location of the crack.

Carolina Windshield Centers Can Help!

The location of the crack is so vital to think about when you are attempting to find out what to do because you do not want any repair “scars” to remain and have a negative impact on the driver’s line of sight. If you discover that a windshield repair will or already has left behind a visible patch that gets in the way of your driving visibility, make sure to get in touch with professionals like the crew at Carolina Windshield Centers for help today!

 

How to Fix a Squeaky Car Window

Are you starting to notice that your windows are squeaking when being rolled up or down? The cause of this noise is the lubricant, applied originally by the manufacturer during the windows time of creation, that has slowly worn away. This is quite normal though because, after years of use, even individuals who take care of their automobile will likely encounter this scenario. Since this exact problem is going to happen to most vehicles, many automobile owners often find themselves discouraged before they realize that the solution is a fast and cheap fix that requires not much more than acquiring your own lubricant to apply to the loud window as well as a roll of paper towels or rag.

Those who seek to solve the issue themselves often believe that obtaining a lubricant is an easy task. And although it is in and of itself, it is important to make sure that you do not use any oily or petroleum-based lubricant. Those who do so will find that they have allowed dirt and dust to be captured which develops into a problem as time goes by. When trying to lubricate your squeaky window Dry moly lubricants, such as spray silicone grease, are often what is recommended by professionals due to the simple fact that it is safe to be used on the various materials located inside of a car door.

Steps to Take

The first step to fixing your window is to roll down each window inside of your automobile as far as they will go. Then next, spray your moly lubricant inside the rubber seal on both sides of the window frame, starting on the top of the window frame before moving down. It is okay if any extra lubricant slides down into the seal only if it is placed evenly down the window’s vertical all the way down into the bottom corner.

After a few minutes find whichever window you had completed first and roll it up. Do not be alarmed if the sound is still audible at first as it will become more and more quiet with each time it goes up and time. Make sure to move not only this window but all of the others that you have treated up and down several times.

If the squeaking does not cease after you have completed these steps, it is recommended to spray the lubricant inside the window just as you did before except this time the window will remain up. By doing this you ensure that when the window rolls downward an optimal amount of lubricant will be placed strategically in order to have the most impact.

Contact Carolina Windshield Centers for new side windows!

Sometimes it is best to completely replace the window that is affected. If you think it is time to replace your automobile’s side windows be sure to contact the experts at Carolina Windshield Centers!

Can Rock Chips Be Completely Removed from My Windshield?

This is a question we often hear a lot here at Carolina Windshield Centers. The answer is, if you bring your car into an auto glass center and get the chip taken care of while it is still in its initial stages, we can take care of it no problem with your windshield looking brand spanking new afterward. But, if you allow it to sit and develop more damage, then we can’t necessarily promise we can repair the chip without having to replace the windshield.

Our Procedure

When you bring in your car for service, we’ll take a look at your windshield and ascertain the damage. If there are less than three chips that run less than six inches, you might just be able to get away with a repair. But, if the chip(s) are near the edge of your windshield, in your line of sight, or in front of a camera or sensor, we’ll likely have to replace your windshield.

Repair Process

If your windshield can be repaired, we’ll clean the damaged area to make sure there is no debris or moisture settled into the chip that will cause problems. Once that is complete, we’ll seal the damage with some resin material and then dry that resin with ultraviolet light, which then dries clear and blends into the windshield. To finish things off, the area will be polished to look spiffy and brand new.

 

That’s what you can expect when you stop by one of our centers for chips in your windshield. Are you currently experiencing any worrisome chips in your auto glass? Head on over to Carolina Windshield Centers and we’ll settle your problem.

Steps to Take Following Your Windshield Replacement

Bringing your car in for a windshield replacement can feel like a real drag. After all, you have to take time out of your day (unless you opt for mobile services) and wait for your windshield to get its act together. Once the repair or replacement is complete, though, you’re free to hit the road again! But, there are some things you can do to ensure your trip to the auto glass repair center was not in vain. Read on for some tips!

Make Sure You Get the Warranty Paperwork

After one of our stellar technicians gets through working on your windshield, you’ll be given paperwork and a receipt regarding the details of your installation. This also gives you the opportunity to inquire about the warranty itself. If you have any questions about the work they performed on your auto glass, this would be the time to ask.

Take It Easy

For the first full day after getting your windshield replaced, take it easy on your vehicle. This means no slammed doors or jarring impacts because the first 24 hours is a rather fragile time for your newly set windshield. If you can, crack your windows a bit. Opening your windows ensures no pressure will build up within your vehicle too.

Don’t Wash Herbie

When you leave the auto glass center with your new windshield, the want to take that “new” feeling to the next level is very real. But, don’t let that feeling guide you right to the car wash. By exposing your vehicle to cleansers and detergents, you’re tampering with the seal that keeps your auto glass tightly in place. Said seal should be left alone for three days following your replacement, to avoid any damage. Tape may also be put in place to preserve the overall job too, so be sure that isn’t removed prior to the 24-hour mark. Skipping the car wash for a few days will ensure everything stays intact.

 

If you want to ensure your windshield replacement stands the test of time, or at least for the first few important days after your replacement, follow the tips above. There’s nothing worse than having to return to the auto glass center for a replacement of your replacement. Looking for speedy and reliable auto glass replacement or repair? Get in touch with us here at Carolina Windshield Centers.

Is the Crack in My Windshield That Much of a Problem?

Having a rock or a piece of stray road debris strike your windshield isn’t much of a rarity on the road, and often your windshield comes through the experience relatively unscathed. But, all it takes is the perfect angle and speed and in an instant, your windshield has a nice big crack in it. Even though you know you should get it fixed soon, the reality is that three months down the road that crack is still going to be there. Even with convenient services, folks still put off their auto glass repairs for far too long and they really shouldn’t. Let’s take a look at a few reasons why that crack in your windshield is a bigger deal than you think it is. Read on!

Reduced Structural Integrity

A properly intact windshield does more to protect you in an accident than you think. For one, it reduces the overall shock inside the vehicle and thus protects its passengers. It also transfers the force from a front-end impact throughout the car which helps reduce injuries. But, if your windshield is a bit worse for wear, you are putting yourself and your passengers at risk for more injuries in the event of an accident.

Ejection

If you, or your passengers, have an unhealthy knack for not fastening your seatbelt, your windshield can very well save your life if an accident occurs. A healthy windshield can keep you from being ejected from the vehicle, while a windshield with some damage to it will not provide nearly as much protection.

Rollover Danger

If you’re struck with enough force that your car flips over and lands on its hood, your windshield can actually help keep the roof supported and prevent it from caving in. If your windshield is sporting a sizeable crack, it’s not going to withstand the pressure it’s supposed to. If the integrity of the windshield is compromised prior to a rollover accident and it breaks, the roof of your vehicle can fully collapse.

Airbag Problems

When an airbag deploys during an accident, the windshield is there to provide a stable place for the airbag to inflate toward the person it’s supposed to protect. If the airbag inflates and the windshield was previously cracked, the windshield can shatter which causes the airbag to inflate out of the windshield as opposed to protecting the passenger.

 

Had you considered all of these possibilities when putting off your windshield repair? We’re sure you hadn’t thought of one! Regardless, it’s important to ensure the safety of your passengers and yourself and commit to staying on top of your auto glass if it happens to get damaged. If you’re in need of quality auto glass repair or replacements, trust our excellent technicians here at Carolina Windshield Centers!

Why Compromised Auto Glass is Dangerous for Company Vehicles

We all know that driving with a damaged windshield is not ideal, even more so if the windshield belongs to a company vehicle. When putting your employees behind the wheel of a company car, it’s important to note the state of the vehicle they are operating. If there is compromised auto glass, you’re putting both your employee and other drivers at risk on the road. Let’s go over a few ways you’re putting your employee and other vehicle operators in harm’s way when auto glass has been compromised…

Impaired Vision

While driving, we’re often exposed to heavy sunlight. The larger your windshield is, the more sunlight filters through the cabin. While this might be beneficial for vitamin D intake, it’s not so great for your vision. When a windshield is cracked or chipped, sunlight gets refracted which sends beams in various directions. If one of those light beams shines into your employee’s eye(s), they’ll be momentarily blinded. This isn’t only dangerous for your employee driver, but for their fellow drivers on the road as well.

Less Protection From Road Debris

When your windshield is compromised it can’t protect you as well as it normally could. Yes, your windshield is made up of tempered glass that is designed to withstand blunt force impact, but it’s a bit hard to do that when there is a chip or crack present. Cracks make it easier for road debris to cause more damage to your windshield too, and collisions even more so. Put these fears to rest by simply getting your windshield tended to.

Wipers Can’t Perform as Well

When there’s a crack present on your windshield, your windshield wipers lose some of their ability to clean water from the glass. When the blade makes contact with the damaged surface, the crack or chip in the windshield keeps the blade from making complete contact which reduces the amount of water being wiped away. Not only that, but more water is spread about the windshield which significantly lowers visibility.

 

If you have drivers getting behind the wheel of company vehicles on a daily basis, be sure to keep an eye on the quality of those vehicles’ auto glass. If you don’t, you could be sending your employees out on a dangerous journey. For all of your auto glass repair and replacement needs, get in touch with us here at Carolina Windshield Centers!

How Windshield Wipers Can Scratch Your Windshield

An often over looked aspect to any vehicle, windshield wipers are an essential part of your driving experience. Granted, you might not have use of them for an entire month or longer, but it’s always best to have them in proper working order for when you do. After all, who knows when foreign matter might plant itself onto your auto glass? However, most of us are driving around with old wiper blades on our vehicles, and this simply won’t do.

Like anything else, windshield wipers break down as they age. They become brittle and pieces of rubber begin to break off, which leaves tiny gaps along the body of the blade. Not only does this make it harder for the blades to do their actual job, but it can also cause them to damage your windshield. When there are gaps along the blade body, rocks and dust can get trapped within those gaps and subsequently scrape along your windshield. Also, depending on the condition of your wipers, small bits of plastic and metal that make up the blade can fray out and rake along your auto glass. At first, you might not even notice, but over time you’ll be able to see the damage being dealt. If your windshield wipers have a bit of metal or plastic popping out, the damage will likely be quite visible. Not to mention the fact you’ll be able to hear the blade as it scrapes across your windshield. That is, as long as your music isn’t so loud it drowns out the noise.

It’s important to keep your windshield in good shape. If you cannot remember the last time you installed new wiper blades on your car, it’s high time you got yourself some new ones. Any type of consistent damage over long periods of time is bad for your auto glass, so take a peek at your blades to assess their condition. If things are looking rough, purchase some new ones. If you have visible scrapes along your windshield, or often hear your wipers making strange noises, it’s best to hop on acquiring new blades as quickly as possible. New blades are relatively inexpensive when compared to some auto glass procedures, so save yourself time and money and get some new windshield wipers. You’ll thank yourself in the long run!

Why Rust is Bad for Your Windshield

If you live in an area where the winters are harsh, it is likely you’ve either noticed rust on your own car or spotted it on others’ vehicles. This rust is the result of your vehicle being exposed to the salt and sand that is spread along the roadways in times of major snow storms and sleet. While it is important to keep your car clean in the winter to prevent adverse effects from all the salt and sand, rust can sneak up on you with even the most diligent care.

Rust, when present, often reveals itself as an eyesore on some portion of the body of your vehicle. This is when most people notice it, at least. However, what drivers aren’t aware of is that rust can have other unfavorable impacts upon your automobile. By default, rust causes the objects it attacks to become less stable.  This could mean that if it attacks any of the area around your windshield, it could be much more difficult to have your windshield replaced the next time it is necessary to do so.

When caring for your car, keep an eye out for rust around the edges of your windshield. This could mean there is a leak in that area too. On the bright side, minor amounts of rust around the perimeter of your windshield can be managed by an auto glass center no problem. However, if larger portions of your vehicle are impacted by rust, it is likely you’ll have to see someone of a more specialized skill set to remedy the issue. For example, a body shop. They have the appropriate tools to remove the rust on your car in an efficient manner. Since most primers used during windshield installation don’t adhere well to rust, it is best you get your car tended to as quickly as possible if you notice a spreading rust problem.