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5 Things To Avoid After Windshield Replacement

When you've found yourself in need of a windshield replacement you may be wondering if there's anything to avoid right afterwards so that your windshield has time to “settle” before driving.

Here's a list of 5 things to avoid:

1) Avoid bumpy roads 

Exceptionally uneven terrain can affect the way your new windshield sets. A vehicle naturally absorbs more impact as you travel on any roads that aren’t paved.Try to avoid areas that are unpaved or have large potholes, and if you must drive on those roads drive a little slower so as to avoid unnecessary movement. You should also refrain from slamming your car door. Doing so creates sudden immense pressure within the vehicle, which may cause the windshield to loosen slightly or even pop out. Consider keeping the window open a bit to allow the pressure to escape as you close your car door.

2) Don’t expose your vehicle to extreme temps

This small step can really benefit the settling process if you live in a region with extremely hot temperatures. As temps rise, the pressure can build inside your car as a result. If the weather is permitting, leave your window just slightly open before parking. Just leaving it open about an inch during the first day of install can really help relieve some of the pressure.

3) Avoid high pressure washes

Your new windshield has been installed and along with that, new moldings and seals, so to ensure that the new moldings don’t get damaged or shift before they have had enough time to set completely, you should avoid any high-pressure car washes. That force of water is great for removing dirt but not great for a windshield on its first day. If you absolutely need to wash your car during the first day or two following windshield replacement, choose a gentle hand wash. 

4) Don’t cover your vehicle 

During the first day of installation, you should also avoid placing any type of cover on the exterior of the vehicle. Anything that holds in the heat will be detrimental to your new windshield.Try to park in the shade if the option is there. It's also never a good idea to clutter your dashboard space, especially immediately after your new windshield install. The seal is set and secure but during drying, you'll want to avoid crowding the area with anything. Any extra pressure can put stress on the seals around the glass as it dries. You should also avoid using a sunshade immediately after the installation.

5) Don’t remove the retention tape

During install, technicians sometimes use a retention tape to hold the windshield moldings in place and guarantee that the seal is protected from the elements while it’s in the process of drying. It may not be aesthetically pleasing but it’s best to leave this tape in place for the first day or two.

Despite these simple but important steps, maintaining your newly replaced windshield is actually pretty easy. Just following these suggestions will help you get a lot of life out of your new windshield.

Smiley’s Glass are your trusted glass professionals and we make glass installation a stress-free experience with our mobile service. Our technicians will answer any questions you might have about the process so you can quickly resume your daily routine and enjoy your new auto glass. Give us a call today at (804) 320-7172.

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