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!

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.

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!

Some Reasons Why Auto Glass Replacements Vary

When getting an auto glass estimate for windshield replacement, you might be surprised to hear the number is much higher or lower than you were expecting. To get to the bottom of why the estimates vary so greatly, we’re going to provide you with a few examples.

1.) Insurance Company

Whether or not you decide to go through your insurance company to replace your windshield has an impact on how much you’ll pay. If you go through your insurance company, you might be able to get away with only paying your deductible. If you pay out of pocket, however, you’ll likely notice the final price you have to pay is much less. The reason for this is because a majority of insurance companies have a pre-negotiated discount rate based on volume. So, you may take the price you see for the ordinary price, when in fact it is only the ordinary price when going through an insurance company.

2.) Make and Model Impacts Price

One of the biggest influencers on price is the make and model of your vehicle, and most people do not realize this. Different types of cars often use different types of glass, in addition to variations in glass shape and size. If your car is a bit older, it may cost more to replace your windshield because locating a windshield for your car type could prove difficult. The situation will vary depending on your car, so keep the make and model of your automobile in mind when getting a replacement estimate.

3.) Windshield Special Features

Does your windshield have any special features, or features that your car has connected to the windshield? An example of a car feature connected to the windshield would be having automatic windshield wipers. If you’re replacing your windshield, the wiring work would have to be redone for the wipers. The latter will crank the price up. There are also windows that utilize unique tinting for digital displays, which is another example of a feature that can raise the price of an estimate. If your windshield has any of these features, expect to cough over more cash for your replacement.

Forking over money for a replacement windshield is not something most people want to do, but going in prepared helps to make the situation more manageable. For all of your windshield replacement needs, come on over to Carolina Windshield Centers!

Why Rear Windshield Replacement is Different

Car accidents wreak havoc on many aspects of your vehicle, including the rear windshield. If your windshield is shattered or damaged due to a collision, the next step is getting it fixed. However, upon receiving the quote for the rear windshield replacement, you might be surprised to find the price differs from that of the front windshield. We’re here to tell you why this is.

Rear Windshields Are Made Differently than Front Windshields

For starters, the rear windshield is made from different glass than the front one. The windshield at the front is made of laminated glass, which is comprised of two or three layers of glass. This way, the windshield will not shatter when something hits it. The rear windshield, however, is made of tempered glass. This kind of glass is designed to shatter when damaged enough. But, when it does shatter, it shatters into tiny pebbles, which greatly aids in reducing glass related injuries. Since these two glass types have different methods of creation, there is a price difference between the two.

Clean Up is Necessary with Rear Windshield Replacements

Since rear windshields are made to shatter when significantly damaged, there is usually a lot of glass strewn about the car afterwards. Upon bringing the car to the repair shop, the technician has to comb the car for glass pieces to make sure the area is clean before installing the new rear windshield. This clean-up process is typically not involved with front windshield replacement, since they often don’t shatter outright, so it factors into the cost of the replacement.

Rear Windshields Have a Defrost Grid

Rear windshields usually come equipped with a defrost grid that helps to melt ice and snow in the winter months. This is another major difference between front and rear windshields. Installing the defrost grid requires more time and effort, which plays into the price difference for replacing rear windshields.

Knowing the difference between rear windshields and front windshields can prep you for some sticker shock when coming in for a replacement. For all of your windshield replacement needs, head on over to Carolina Windshield Centers! You can reach us at 800-900-1505, or by filling out our online contact form.

Does My Windshield have to be Replaced or Repaired?

So, a rock has flown into your windshield and left a lovely crack along the side. The ultimate question following this event is whether the crack will only require a quick fix, or an entire windshield replacement. On the bright side, there are some things you can examine on your own to determine the next steps for your windshield.

1.) Where is the damage located?

Having damage on any part of your windshield is never a good thing, but one of the deciding factors of whether or not you’ll need to replace it is the location of the damage itself. If the crack or chip is located along the edge of the windshield, there is a good chance you can get away with a simple repair. Although, a crack or chip on the corner of the windshield could render the entire thing unstable. If the chip or crack is located in your field of vision, however, there is a good chance your windshield will have to be replaced.

2.) How much damage is there?

One small chip on your windshield is not going to warrant a full replacement of your auto glass. Having up to three chips on your windshield means you can still have it repaired. However, having more than three chips in your windshield can make it prone to shattering without warning. Cracks in your windshield, on the other hand, are a bit different. If you have three separate cracks, please get yourself to the nearest auto glass center. One small crack usually only warrants a repair, but if the crack is longer than a pen you might be in need of a replacement.

Regardless of if you decide to head to the auto glass center right away or not, it is always good to keep an eye on any windshield damage you may have acquired. Over time the damage will get worse, not to mention the fact that law enforcement can write you a ticket for operating a vehicle with unsafe equipment. Do your best to keep on top of your windshield, and you’ll likely avoid any unsavory outcomes.

Carolina Windshield Centers a Member of the Auto Glass Safety Council

Carolina Windshield Centers is a proud member of the Auto Glass Safety Council. The AGSC is an important organization in the auto glass industry. The AGSC is a non-profit organization that has developed the only auto glass safety standard, the Automotive Glass Replacement Safety Standard (AGRSS).

The AGSC is supported by auto glass shops like ourselves. We are happy to support the AGSC because of their commitment to developing and maintaining standards for auto glass replacement. The AGSC supports the industry by educating and accrediting auto glass technicians, and by promoting safe auto glass replacement practices.

The AGSC holds several events a year, most notably the recent Auto Glass Week. These events bring the biggest players in the industry together to foster education and awareness of auto glass replacement best practices.

 

Carolina Windshield Centers is a leading auto glass repair shop. For more information about our windshield replacement services, contact our Charlotte, NC auto glass shop at 800-900-1505.

What is OEM Glass?

OEM glass is Original Equipment Manufacturer glass. Every car manufacturer has their own specifications that they use when installing windshields and auto glass into their vehicles. When we install OEM glass into a vehicle, we are using a virtually identical piece of equipment to the originally installed auto glass.

To the untrained eye, all windshields may look the same, but each manufacturer uses slight variations in terms of visibility, size, thickness, etc. An OEM windshield will be virtually identical to the windshield installed in the vehicle when it was first assembled. OEM glass may not be made by the same manufacturer who made your vehicle’s original glass because the glass manufacturer may have changed since the vehicle was originally built. In this case, OEM glass will be made by the current manufacturer of your vehicle’s auto glass.

This is why it is so important for us to use OEM glass. Slight variations in windshields and auto glass make a big difference; we want to make sure that your replacement restores the same level of safety specifications that the manufacturer delivered. Carolina Windshield Centers uses Original Equipment Manufacturer glass in almost every windshield replacement for foreign and domestic vehicles.

 

Carolina Windshield Centers is a leading auto glass repair shop. For more information about our windshield replacement services, contact our Charlotte, NC auto glass shop at 800-900-1505.