Four Tips for Cleaning your Auto Glass

Your windows and windshield are often the first thing to show signs of dirt on your car. Here are a few tips to keeping your auto glass streak free and sparkling clean all year round.

  1. Choose a good Auto Glass cleaner. The most important thing when cleaning your auto glass is the cleaner itself. When choosing a product there is a few important things to keep in mind. Avoid products containing ammonia and alcohol, these products can not only be dangerous to inhale but also damaging to your car. Ammonia can cause damage to the interior of your car, drying out leather and other fabrics, as well as the tinting on your windows. Avoid using household cleaners on your auto glass almost all of which contain ammonia or alcohol.

 

  1. Choose a good towel. After the cleaner comes the towel. It is important to use the proper towel to avoid leaving streaks or scratches on your window. Choose a glass cleaning microfiber towel, many of which can hold up to 8 times their weight in water, are lint free, and won’t hold onto dirt and other debris like other towels which causes scratches. Also remember to use a separate towel (or separate side of towel) to clean the window and another to buff to make sure you get rid of all the residue.

 

  1. Find a good place to clean. Where you choose to clean your auto glass may also make all the difference. Avoid washing your windows in direct sunlight or very hot conditions. If you are cleaning in direct sunlight the glass could dry quicker than you are washing resulting in a streaky appearance. Also make sure you are cleaning in an open area, either outside or with the windows open if you are in a garage, to avoid inhaling dangerous fumes.

 

  1. Clean in order. When cleaning your car make sure your glass is the last thing you clean in order to avoid recontamination. To avoid getting spray other places than intended spray the cleaner directly onto your towel rather than the glass. Also don’t forget those tricky places like the top of your windows, try rolling down your windows half way to reach the very top of them. Another area that is often over looked is the wipers, wipe them down with a damp cloth and white vinegar to avoid blurry spots from your wipers.

 

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.

How to tell that you need to change your windshield wipers

Your windshield wipers are like any other part of your car: they wear out. It is important to regularly change your windshield wipers so that you have optimal driving vision during stormy weather. The rule of thumb is that windshield wipers should be changed every 6 months to a year.

There are a few key giveaways that indicate you have a faulty windshield wiper that needs to be changed out immediately:

  • They create big streaks while they are running. They can’t fully wipe away water like when they were new because the rubber cannot create a seal with the windshield.
  • The wipers “skip” across the windshield while they are running. Rather than creating streaks, the windshield wipers leave lines of water where they skipped across the glass. Another way to identify this problem is if the wipers make a stuttering sound as they move across your windshield.
  • When driving at high speeds, the wipers slightly pull away from the windshield. The wipers should always be making a tight seal with the windshield.
  • At close inspection, you can always tell if a windshield wiper needs to be replaced because you will see the rubber peeling away.

Your windshield wipers are important to your optimal driving vision. Regularly replace your windshield wipers so that you always have the best possible driving vision during rain and snow storms.

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.

How to Keep your Windshield Healthy Over Time

When you drive away from Carolina Windshield Centers, your new (or repaired) windshield is as strong and safe as possible. However, over time, your windshield will eventually be compromised and crack. You can avoid letting this happen too quickly by being smart with your auto glass. Here are a few tips to follow in order to keep your windshield in good condition.

  • Avoid slamming your car doors. Not only is this bad for your car doors, but this is actually quite damaging to the auto glass in your car. The reverberations cause small amounts of damage every time the door is slammed.
  • Intense heat is also very bad for your auto glass and windshield. Whenever possible, you should park in shady areas. Additionally, it is not good to expose your auto glass to quickly changing temperatures. If you windshield already has a crack in it, avoid turning the heat on to the windshield during the winter. This can stress out the crack and make it even worse.
  • Whenever cleaning your auto glass, avoid using ammonia based cleaners. These are damaging to your auto glass and can make the tint of the glass much less strong. And always use a microfiber towel so that you will not leave any scratches on the glass while you clean it.

The key to keeping your auto glass safe is to avoid extreme temperatures, use the right cleaning products, and avoid slamming your car doors.

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.

Spring Driving Tips

Each season brings their own unique challenges to driving. In the springtime, worn out roads and heavy rains cause difficulties for the driver. Keep your eyes peeled and follow these tips to stay safe on the road this spring:

  • Be aware that more people will be on the road. Nicer weather brings out motorcyclists, skateboarders, cyclists, and other recreational vehicles. Also, more people travel in nice weather, so there are more drivers in general on the road.
  • Spring rains make for slick driving conditions. Wet pavement causes decreased handling abilities and increased slowdown time. Prepare to stop earlier than normal when driving in these conditions.
  • Avoid driving into large puddles. Puddles can cause you to hydroplane and lose control of the automobile. Driving into a very deep puddle can also cause the engine to seize as water can get sucked into the engine.
  • Keep an eye out for wild life emerging from hibernation. Many animals are found traveling across streets during this time of the year. Heed the warning if you see any warning signs about animal crossings.
  • The spring season brings misty and foggy conditions. Drive slowly in these conditions because your vision is limited.

As we enjoy the warmer weather around this time of the year, stay aware of the unique driving conditions found in the spring 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.