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Old 11-29-2011, 10:56 AM   #1
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Cracked Windshield

1. 6000 miles
2. 40F outdoor temp
3. Heat on defrost and floor
4. 65-70mph

What conditions did yours crack at?

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Old 11-29-2011, 11:25 AM   #2
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Slightly off topic from the original post - but mine has a crack as well (bullseye). I tried fixing it with the windshield repair kit from autozone (permatex i believe) and it is TERRIBLE. Please do not use this stuff. Needs to be done professionally, unfortunately.

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Old 11-29-2011, 11:28 AM   #3
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pulling out of the dealers parking lot
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Old 11-29-2011, 11:29 AM   #4
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Old 12-06-2011, 09:33 AM   #5
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Broke two 2012 windshields this week!! Is there a problem or am I just super unlucky?
1st) dealer vehicle while on test drive
7 miles
25 mph
Heat + defrost
30 F
- small rock lobbed by 2 way traffic. Driver side, eye level

2nd) third day of ownership. (different vehicle!)
125 miles
55 mph
Heat + defrost
20 F
- unknow source. Driver side bottom edge
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Old 12-06-2011, 11:03 AM   #6
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Broke two 2012 windshields this week!! Is there a problem or am I just super unlucky?
1st) dealer vehicle while on test drive
7 miles
25 mph
Heat + defrost
30 F
- small rock lobbed by 2 way traffic. Driver side, eye level

2nd) third day of ownership. (different vehicle!)
125 miles
55 mph
Heat + defrost
20 F
- unknow source. Driver side bottom edge
Thanks! I see that you had the heat + defrost on or both windscreens... me too makes three. intriguing!!!!
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Old 12-06-2011, 11:43 AM   #7
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Quick update on my #2 windscreen failure. I was able to inspect the crack and it there is a very small gravel chip about 1" from the edge of the glass where the crack started. So in both of my cases the crack initiated at a chip from impact. Hard to say if temperature gradients were also to blame (probably didn't help!). Either way I'm bumming... Calling to dealer today to find out who they use for glass replacement. Hopefully the replacement will be tougher than OEM.
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Old 12-06-2011, 01:20 PM   #8
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It's because of the rake of the windshield, on most other vehicles the rock is propelled over the glass, but Wrangler's windshield is too brick like. :-P

My 2007 had it's fair share of glass repairs. When I bought my Colorado, the dealer threw in Crystal Fusion treatment, and got the same for my 2012 Wrangler. Even if you have to pay for the treatment, it pays for itself after the first windshield replacement(if you figure OEM glass & labor).
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Old 12-06-2011, 04:24 PM   #9
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yep mine broke at about 700 miles. the ford I drove took some crazy direct hits from big rocks and never cracked... WTF!!!!! jeep = cheap a$$ Glass!!!!
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Old 12-06-2011, 04:32 PM   #10
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Also my 98 tj never had issues with cracked windshields and I beat the crap out that jeep. I'm leaning towards inferior product.
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Old 12-08-2011, 11:24 AM   #11
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On my old wrangler, a 98, the windshield cracked twice. I believe the angle of the windshield has a lot to do with it, being a steeper angle, it takes more direct hits than a more sloped windshield which can deflect more stones. Just a thought.
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Old 12-08-2011, 01:16 PM   #12
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85 MPH on the freeway on way home from toad trip. Small stone kicked up from car in front if me.

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Started under passenger wiper and ran to the drivers wiper before I got home. Replaced 2 in first year of having Jeep.
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Slightly off topic from the original post - but mine has a crack as well (bullseye). I tried fixing it with the windshield repair kit from autozone (permatex i believe) and it is TERRIBLE. Please do not use this stuff. Needs to be done professionally, unfortunately.
Clear epoxy... Its been 4 years since I got 2 bulls eye cracks and they haven't changed at all.

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Also my 98 tj never had issues with cracked windshields and I beat the crap out that jeep. I'm leaning towards inferior product.
Same. I have two chips that I just put a dab of epoxy on them... I've been waiting for them to split for almost 4 years so I can get my windshield replaced... they just wont budge...

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