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Old 09-12-2015, 03:52 PM   #1
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Chipped Windshield!

We heard a rock hit but with all the bugs on the windshield, we didn't notice it until this morning when we got fuel and a clean windshield.



The wiper is the black bar under the chip.

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It's not in the field of view although now that I know it's there, I'll be staring at it.

Is this likely to grow? How is it fixed or does it need to be?
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Back some time ago most insurance companies would pay for a mobile tech to come out and repair a peck in the windshield. Don't think any of them do that anymore!

I bought a Rain-X Windshield Repair Kit at an auto parts store but haven't tried it yet. You might want to look into that.

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Yes it needs to be fixed. Call a glass repair shop and have them come to your campground site and fix it there. It should take less than an hour and you will hardly notice the chip when they are finished. Ask the campground office for a repair shop recommendation, they probably have other repairs done in the campground.
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My Son stopped here in AR on his way through to LA on his new AF assignment. He had a crack on his windshield similar to yours. He got a kit at Wal-Mart for $15 and it filled in the hole and fixed it. It looked as good as what most any WS company will do to fix it. They create a vacuum and allow a liquid to be sucked back into the vacuum over the hole. It would be worth a try. What do you have to loose???? He left the kit here so it will fix more than one hole.

In my past experiences most cracks had to be less than the length of a dollar bill to be repaired the easy way. Sometime they'd drill a hole at the ends of the crack to stop the stress and the crack from going further. You don't have a crack just a hole. Try that stuff and you should be good to go.

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Yes it needs to be fixed. Call a glass repair shop and have them come to your campground site and fix it there. It should take less than an hour and you will hardly notice the chip when they are finished. Ask the campground office for a repair shop recommendation, they probably have other repairs done in the campground.
If it wasn't Saturday afternoon, that might work! We're in Laramie, WY at the KOA. Sort of a last choice till we can get into Estes Park tomorrow. Hubby is thinking it can wait till we get home (about 1200 miles away) and deal with it there.

We might try the Rain-X Windshield Repair Kit first, especially if insurance won't pay for a fix.

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I just had State Farm send out a glass repair guy s few months ago, no charge.

I watched the guy repair it, and it seemed very similar to the repair kit I picked up at the auto parts store.
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Call your insurance company... they would rather pay for a repair than a windshield replacement... the repair should be at no cost to you! If you do nothing it will more than likely crack.
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Call your insurance company... they would rather pay for a repair than a windshield replacement... the repair should be at no cost to you! If you do nothing it will more than likely crack.

Agree

I just recently had my insurance sent a guy to fix a spot on our coach. No charge. And he found and fixed a couple other small nicks that I had missed.
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We'll call our insurance guy on Monday. Maybe we can get it fixed at Estes Park and not have to worry about it.

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My rationale for a chip similar to yours (oil hauler threw up a rock on I-90 running about 75 mph) was to repair the chip rather than have the windshield replaced. You stand a pretty good chance of an incomplete seal when the windshield comes out and the new one goes in. I can deal with a small chip rather than a big leak.
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If it wasn't Saturday afternoon, that might work! We're in Laramie, WY at the KOA. Sort of a last choice till we can get into Estes Park tomorrow. Hubby is thinking it can wait till we get home (about 1200 miles away) and deal with it there.

We might try the Rain-X Windshield Repair Kit first, especially if insurance won't pay for a fix.

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The longer you wait the more microscopic contaminates get into the chip...the more contaminates that get into the chip the harder for a chip repair to render the chip invisible.
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Mel is right, get it fixed sooner rather than later. If repaired immediately few would be able to find the repair, unless they knew exactly where it had been done.

Repairs will also mitigate any chance of the chip growing into a crack. I also agree with the sentiment that a repair is far preferable over a full windshield replacement.
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Call your insurance company... they would rather pay for a repair than a windshield replacement... the repair should be at no cost to you! If you do nothing it will more than likely crack.
Our Insurance Co has done several of vehicles through the years. All at no charge!
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I've had one windshield replaced and four chips repaired.

I bought a kit and did one repair myself...didn't come out so well and won't do it myself again.

The repair guys all said it was very important to get it repaired as soon as possible because the material inside the windshield deteriorates as time goes on.

They said within a couple days at most. I paid about $50 to have my chips fixed.
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