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Old 01-27-2016, 11:35 AM   #1
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Crack in windshield: any reason not to keep using until fixed?

I must have taken a rock or something in my new Discovery 40 G. I have a crack down by the drivers side windshield wiper that was 5 to 6 inches long as of yesterday. I assume it will continue to grow. Insurance will cover and the glass is on order. I plan on using my motor home this weekend for a relatively short trip (less than an hours drive each way). I'm assuming that the windshield will be safe even if the crack gets bigger. Anything I'm missing here to be concerned about?
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If it was me, I would drive with it. Normally only one of the glass pieces of the laminate is cracked and the opposite one should hold everything together.

How long until the new glass arrive?
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I'd drive it. I watched a crash test of a bus and the windshield was shattered, but still came out in one piece. They're pretty tough.
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The crack will continue to get longer, but it's already going to need to be replaced anyway.
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Old 01-27-2016, 01:11 PM   #5
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I've had a crack on my passenger side windshield for years. No plans to ever replace it!
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We had ours replaced in November after cracking it on way home from the Homestead race. We were coming back from Keys Christmas and took on a rock. Had chip in new glass. Safelite came out to the house and resined the chip to keep it from cracking. I am sure they did not want to buy another windshield.
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Just got off the phone with the installer. New glass comes next Thursday

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If it was me, I would drive with it. Normally only one of the glass pieces of the laminate is cracked and the opposite one should hold everything together.

How long until the new glass arrive?
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We developed about a 12 inch crack in a lower corner of the right windshield not too long ago. Not sure of the cause, as we were stationary at the time. I verified that the crack cannot be felt from either side, so it is in the inner laminate. I'll get it replaced shortly, once we're in a place we'll be stable for a while. But in the interim I've driven over a thousand miles without growing the crack a bit.


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Mine is much more active. It looks like it has grown from 5 to 6 inches in the last day. Possibly from the temperature swings lately. But I doubt it's going to pop out or explode

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We developed about a 12 inch crack in a lower corner of the right windshield not too long ago. Not sure of the cause, as we were stationary at the time. I verified that the crack cannot be felt from either side, so it is in the inner laminate. I'll get it replaced shortly, once we're in a place we'll be stable for a while. But in the interim I've driven over a thousand miles without growing the crack a bit.


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I drove for 30 years without getting a cracked windshield and now have three vehicles with cracks or chips. I think glass is not as strong as it used to be. Maybe it's thinner to save weight and help manufacturers meet CAFE standards.
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I took a rock in the windshield of my old coach last summer.
I did not even have this one a full week! I hope I've used up my quota.

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I drove for 30 years without getting a cracked windshield and now have three vehicles with cracks or chips. I think glass is not as strong as it used to be. Maybe it's thinner to save weight and help manufacturers meet CAFE standards.
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Had the same thing in the same location. Mine started at the bottom of the windshield. I put crazy glue on the top 2 inches and got it down into the cracks for about one inch. That was 2 plus years ago and while it was cracked above the point that glue penetrated, it has no gotten any longer. I plan ultimately to have it replaced. Good luck and try the crazy glue!
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Well Gang,
We had chip at a very low section of the passenger side windshield. I procrastinated about getting it fixed or, doing the repair myself. I researched the best kits for "do it yourself" types like me. The chip had been there for about a week. The morning I went out to buy the kit I had chosen, that chip had emerged as a crack. It was about 11 or so inches long, IN ONE DAY, SITTING AT HOME!!

So, I called a windshield repair specialist and, told him about the crack. He said, "No big deal" and, he was soon on his way to our home. Well, after about a hour and a halfs work, he was done. He stop-drilled both ends of the crack and, even a couple places along the crack, and filled it all with his filler. He guaranteed the crack not to run.

Well, that was almost 4 years ago and, about 25,000 miles worth of traveling. The crack has not lengthened at all. You have to look real hard to even see it. I'm going to keep that original windshield in that coach, as long as humanly possible. At about $800 per side, I don't plan on having either side replaced anytime soon. At present, we've got somewhere in the neighborhood of $400 or so invested in chip repairs so far. That's a lot of chip repairs, based on an average of around $50 each for repairs.

So, while the OP has already put into motion the replacement of the windshield, a repair would have lasted a long, long time.
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I had a crack once while traveling to the Fleetwood factory. While there they tried to replace it but the only windshield they had in stock was scratched. Instead of waiting several days for a new windshield to be delivered I opted to drive home. That was AFTER I got very clear assurance from the factory that, though the crack might lengthen it WAS safe to drive - no risk of the glass actually failing . I would go ahead and use yours
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