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Old 04-28-2009, 08:46 PM   #1
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Question Windshield stone crack

Today we had a stone hit our windshield on the driver's side. Within an hour or two the crack was crawling across the window. It is now about 2/3 of the way across the window. We are traveling with a time schedule (naturally). What are the odds the window will give way and fall apart??? Is there something we can do to hold it together till we get somewhere where it can be fixed??? Please share any suggestions or experiences with this sort of thing. It would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 04-28-2009, 09:41 PM   #2
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Most windshields are safety glass and will usually not come apart from the crack. The problem is that in many States is a tick-able item. They usually do not stop you unless they see that it obstructs your view. However, in many States, that decision is left up to the interpretation of the Officer.
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You should be fine to get where you are going. I have never had a cracked windshield cave in on me and I have been driving trucks with large windshields for over 22 years. Hope this gives you some peice of mind.
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ALL windshields are safety glass by federal law (2 pieces of tempered glass laminated to a plastic membrane in between). The glass is tempered only to make is shatter w/o sharp edges. There is no way it will do anything more than just lengthen the crack. Notice how the inside is untouched. The crack could extend from edge to edge or anywhere else and you lose no windshield strength or glass integrity. It is the laminate that holds it all together. The glass really does little from a strength perspective except to complete the plywood like construction of safety glass. Given the crack already exists, (too late to patch the chip) ride around all you want until you are ready and convenient to fix.
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Windshield stone crack

Thanks for the info and assurance that we should be able to get to our destination and then have it fixed. We'll call ahead so it is ordered and ready to be installed. We do appreciate the heads up on the fact it is ticketable. Just will hope the police are kind and let us go as it is right through the vision area.
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I think the only way you would get a ticket is if you are stopped for some other reason. Don't worry about it.
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Miss Winnie, I know how you feel. Got a quarter size crack yesterday. Hope any delay in your schedule will be minimal. Fortunately for me it isn't running and I'm headed to an HR Pusher Rally that will have a windshield repair vendor.
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