October 26, 2017

How big a windshield crack can it be fixed?

You notice a 6-inch crack in the windshield of your car. A windshield replacement is not possible in your current budget. Can the damaged windshield be repaired?

Verify your insurance

Automobile insurers differ in how they deal with cracked windshields. Most policies covering breakage of glass will approve a repair if the crack can be covered with a dollar bill. That’s about 6 inches. For cracks larger than 6 inches your insurance provider may require a complete windshield replacement.

Major crack repair

Higher damage deductibles could force you to consider repairing a crack that is larger than 6 inches. The new repair technology can repair cracks up to 24 centimeters in length, depending on who performs the repair and the method used.

How do you repair a crack?

A small hole is drilled at one end of the crack. Special tools inject a crystal healing resin into the crack that forced the entire length of the crack. The access hole is also filled with resin. When the resin is cured it is polished to finish the process. Repair kits are available at auto parts stores for yourself.