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.

How to Check & Replace Your Windshield Wiper Blades

One of the most overlooked parts of a car during routine maintenance are windshield wipers. As one of the key moving parts to ensuring your windshield is clean and clear, without properly functioning windshield wipers, it can be difficult to see when it’s raining or snowing out.

To ensure your windshield wiper blades are in good condition and to avoid damage to your windshield, follow these tips.

Inspect Your Windshield Wipers Regularly

On average, you should be inspecting your windshield wipers on a 6-month basis to ensure they’re not cracked, torn, or heavily worn. If you notice any of these things, you’ll want to replace them to ensure they are gripping the windshield properly and removing any debris so you can drive safely.

How to Replace Your Windshield Wipers

Windshield wipers are relatively quick and easy to replace! Follow these tips below to make sure your wipers are replaced properly.

  1. Visit your local automotive shop and get the windshield wiper blades that are specific to your vehicle make and model. If you’re having a hard time figuring this out, ask one of the employees for help!
  2. Remove the warn and damaged wiper by lifting the wiper away from the windshield and press the tab on the underside of the wiper. Pull down to remove the blade.
  3. Attach the new windshield wiper blade onto the arm. Once you hear the click, you’ll know it’s attached properly. Lower the arm back down to the windshield.
  4. Repeat this process for the second arm.
  5. Test the wipers once both are replaced to ensure they are working properly.

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.

How Important is Your Windshield to Your Safety During a Road Trip?

Windshields can crack in a blink of an eye and are a quick and easy repair, although when you’re planning on leaving for a road trip, they can throw a wrench in your plans. So how important are windshields? Not only do they protect you from the outside elements, but they also ensure your aoirbags work properly, but they also help maintain the structural integrity of your car in a rollover.

Before heading out for your windshield, consider these tips when it comes to your windshield!

My windshield is chipped, should I have it looked at?

Yes! A chip can easily spread into a large crack at any time, but more so during the warmer months due to constant temperature changes. The last thing you’ll want to worry about is having your chip spread and having to find someone to replace your windshield mid-road trip. If the chip is small, it will most likely be able to be repaired which maintains the original seal and is a safe, economical alternative that can be repaired faster than a full replacement.

How does a windshield repair work?

When you are having a chip in your windshield repaired, a vacuum is created over the damaged area in order to remove air and moisture in order for the resin to properly penetrate and fill all cracks. Once the resin is injected, a UV light is used to harden the resin.

What if the crack cannot be repaired?

If the crack/chip in your windshield cannot be repaired, your windshield will need to be replaced. Depending on the make and model of your car and car insurance coverage, the cost of replacement can differ.

How long should I wait after a windshield repair/replacement to drive my car?

Depending on the weather conditions, most cars can be driven with 45-minutes to two hours of your windshield repair/replacement. Always confirm with your technician!

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Hurricane Driving Hazards & How to Avoid Them

With a hurricane comes high winds and flooding rains, which can reap havoc on power lines and roads, making driving unsafe. Whether you experienced damage at your home or not, venturing out in your vehicle can still be dangerous so it’s important to practice safe driving. With these tips, you’ll be able to identify hurricane driving hazards and know how to avoid them.

Dangers of Driving During & After a Hurricane

When electrical lines go down during storms, whether they are utility, cable, or telephone cables, they can energize the other lines as well. Mix in water and even non-conductive materials around the effected lines can be electrified and create safety problems. If you see downed lines, stay away from them and allow the professionals to clean them up.

Driving in Hurricane-Effected Areas

Avoid driving during or immediately after a hurricane if at all possible. If you absolutely have to or if there is an evacuation underway, be watchful of power lines, tree limbs, and other road blockages. Driving over downed lines can cause your car to become energized, and in which case, you’ll want to remain in your car and call for help.

If you experience a cracked or damaged windshield during a hurricane, contact our team at Carolina Windshield Centers to schedule your repair or replacement appointment at 1-800-900-1505.

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10 Items to Always Keep in Your Car

Issues with your car will come up when you least expect them and usually at inconvenient times. To help diagnose the issue, get you back on the road ster, and safe, there are a handful of items that you should always keep in your car. Not sure what they are? Keep reading!

1. Jumper Cables – Batteries die and jumper cables will get you back on the road so you can get a new battery installed quickly.

2. First Aid Kit – Experiencing an unexpected injury? Involved in a car accident? A first aid kit will hold you over with the necessary supplies until EMTs arrive or until you can get to a hospital.

3. Spare Tire – Most recent model cars have run flats but if you have an older car and experience a flat tire, having a spare tire in your trunk will get you back on the road in no time!

4. Jack and Lug Wrench – Have a flat tire and need to put on your spare? Without a jack and lug wrench, you will have no way to jack up the car and take off the old tire.

5. Air Pump – Are you outside of town, possibly on a road trip, and notice your tire pressure is low? Avoid a tire blow out by keeping an air pump in your trunk.

6. Tire Pressure Gauge – Small and inexpensive, a tire pressure gauge will be able to help you determine how much air to put in your tires and can be conveniently stored in the center console or glove box of your car.

7. A Durable Multi Tool – Having a durable multi tool can help with virtually any scenario.

8. Hazard Triangles and Flares – When experiencing car troubles at night, it can be hard for drivers passing by to see you stopped on the shoulder of the road. Utilize hazard triangles, flares, and even safety vests to make yourself more visible.

9. Blanket – Whether you’ve broken down in the middle of winter, need to change a spare, or are cleaning off tools, a car blanket is great to have for all different reasons.

10. Flashlight – Keeping a flashlight in your car will help you find things that may have fallen in or under the seats or help see at night when you’re experiencing car troubles.

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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.

Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Car

It’s important to use the right tools and products to clean your car thoroughly in the interior as well as the exterior.

Here are some helpful tips to prepare your car for springtime:

  • Use wax to protect the paint on your car, it’s helpful because the wax absorbs stains and small scratches before affecting the paint on your car.
  • Make sure to take the time to vacuum all your carpets, seats, and use a narrow end extension to get into the cracks.
  • Cleaning your auto glass is important because there is always grime and dirt that builds up. It’s best to use a non-ammonia glass cleaner with a dry soft cloth or crumpled newspapers.
  • Most professionals recommend washing cars by hand to help you better inspect and get familiar with the car’s surfaces.
  • For your tires, make sure they are cleaned before you clean and protect your car’s paint and to use a nonacid product.

With the warm weather approaching, it’s always a good idea to give your car a detailed clean and wash for the upcoming season!

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.

The Science Behind Your Windshield

Windshields have gone through one of the biggest evolutions since the automobile was invented. The earliest car windshields were made using ordinary glass and shattered easily, injuring passengers and those nearby. Starting with Fords in 1919, the process of glass laminating was used to increase safety.

Modern Windshields

Modern windshields are a little more complex than early windshields. They are made with laminated safety glass, which consists of two layers of clear glass and an inner layer of polyvinyl butyral. The inner layer is key to the windshield’s shatterproof capability: while the glass may chip or crack, the polyvinyl mix binds the glass layers together and provides visual clarity that would be difficult to maintain through the glass alone.

How It’s Made

A windshield begins as a plain piece of glass. A machine called a plotter runs a wheel over the glass and scours it until it is in the desired shape, depending on the vehicle. A torch is run over the scour marks and the shaped glass is popped out of the sheet. This process eliminates most of the jagged and uneven edges of the glass, though the process still requires sanding and polishing through a process called seaming. The glass is seamed, washed and sprayed down with a formula of talcum powder and water so the glass won’t stick to another sheet of glass. A silkscreened border is sprayed onto the glass sheets to conceal any blemishes or imperfections, followed by a visual inspection. The windshield is put through a bending leer at 1382° Fahrenheit, where it is melted down to the correct angle, cooled and hardened. An opaque vinyl sheet, previously formed into the shape of the windshield, is placed between the sheets of glass and put through a nipper, a machine designed to get rid of air bubbles. Following the nipper is an hour in large pressure cooker called an autoclave. The autoclave is followed by the steel ball test. Steel balls are dropped on the windshield from several heights to prove the windshield’s durability. If it does not shatter, the batch is ready to move on to a final visual inspection before getting sold.

Carolina Windshield Centers provides some of the best repair and replacement services in Charlotte, Greensboro, Morrisville, and Hickory, North Carolina. We have expert glass technicians and provide convenience so you can get in and get out with the peace of mind your windshield will protect you. Call us at 800 900-1505 to request a quote or schedule your next appointment today!