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Old 02-14-2010, 11:17 AM   #1
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Protecting your windshield

So I lost my first windshield to a rock with less than a 1000 miles on my new jeep and now I noticed I had several small nics in my second windshield and I have 12k miles now. Insurance was nice enough to cover the first windshield and repairing the nics this time. Is there anything I can do to better protect my windshield? I kinda figure it's just bad luck plus the fact that the roads have been salted so much and it felt like my jeep was a rock magnet last time i drove from ny back to nc along the I-95 corridor. Anyone else have to replace there windshields yet? Anyone else have lots of nics in there from rocks and maybe chunks of road salt or all the other garbage they put on the road from the snow?

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Old 02-14-2010, 11:35 AM   #2
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I have a crack in mine that runs halfway across at 11000 miles. I don't plan on replacing it till I get it inspected in September. I have two teenage girls on my $5500 a year insurance policy. I have replaced 8 windshields on 5 different vehicles in two years! I think they are making them out of that glass that the bottles were made from that the cowboys break over each others heads in the movies!

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So I lost my first windshield to a rock with less than a 1000 miles on my new jeep and now I noticed I had several small nics in my second windshield and I have 12k miles now. Insurance was nice enough to cover the first windshield and repairing the nics this time. Is there anything I can do to better protect my windshield? I kinda figure it's just bad luck plus the fact that the roads have been salted so much and it felt like my jeep was a rock magnet last time i drove from ny back to nc along the I-95 corridor. Anyone else have to replace there windshields yet? Anyone else have lots of nics in there from rocks and maybe chunks of road salt or all the other garbage they put on the road from the snow?
Seems as though the more vertical position of these windshields make them much more susceptible to damage. Maybe a bug shield would help deflect some things up and over...? 26k on mine and it looks like a 100k windshield with all the debris pitting on it...nature of the beast! Some nasty paint chips on my hood edge and cowl too...be touching those up when the weather warms a bit...
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It seems that the only vehicle I have that doesn't have any nicks, etc. is the windshield on my 89YJ. Other vehicles that I have (American, Japanese and German) all have nicks in the windshield, all being driven with normal road conditions. I started to notice a change over the past 10 years. The windshields look like they have about 100,000 miles on them after about 1-2 yrs. worth of driving. The materials now must suck or there is a conspiracy with the windshield repair industry (just kidding all you glass repair guys). Help me out glass experts. Why do modern vehicle windshields nick and chip so easily as compared to 10-20 years ago?
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I don't have any idea where you live, but what you call normal, sure ain't normal on the West coast

After 15 trucks,sportscars/jeeps/IH/Ramchargers/volkswagens/motorcycles-ETC

I've had 2 or 3 little gravel chips, outta the windshield

I think it's time for you to move to Ca/Nv

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I pressed a stick on transponder for the toll road onto my daughters 08 Hyundai windshield and it broke.
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Old 02-14-2010, 03:42 PM   #8
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I know east coast roads have a suck factor to them, but they can't all be that bad. The manufacturing process must now be different on newer vehicles I guess so if someone's head happens to go through it because they're not wearing a seat belt maybe it won't cause as much damage. That's the only thing I can think of. Oh, maybe it's cheaper to produce windshields that chip, nick or break more easily.
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I know east coast roads have a suck factor to them, but they can't all be that bad. The manufacturing process must now be different on newer vehicles I guess so if someone's head happens to go through it because they're not wearing a seat belt maybe it won't cause as much damage. That's the only thing I can think of. Oh, maybe it's cheaper to produce windshields that chip, nick or break more easily.
Well you hit the nail on the head...East coast roads do SUCK! couple that with overloaded highways debris from too many construction vehicles and winter conditions where the salt is dispensed like free candy and you have the equation for windshield disaster!
I know first hand because in the spring when it's time to roll out the motorcycle the "sandblast effect" is ridiculous! This goes on far past spring and into summer until the roadways have been sufficiently rinsed off by the rains...then you have to deal with the damned BUGS! Arrrrrrrghhhhh!!!!

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