2400 miles into my '10 JK's life and she already has a nice windshield crack from a rock chip.
Rock chip (they're a fact of life up here) sprouted a single crack in the lower driver's side corner of the windshield over my smog sticker that I didn't see until it was too late. Currently at about 4 inches in length. Glass shop said they couldn't do much to repair it, but sealed the end of the main crack to at least stop the bleeding. Anyone's guess how long it will hold.
Insurance doesn't cover it under my deductible, so they'll do $300 cash for a new windshield with 1-year chip protection, which isn't terrible for Alaska.
Go for it now, or wait? How fast is the crack likely to expand?
I live in Wyoming and my windshield looks like Swiss cheese I say replace it when you can't see out of it I have a 2010 rubicon and I am waiting till spring to replace way to much gravel on the roads up here to worry about it
I got my first chip the day after I bought mine... only 175KM! It was a truck just off an oil lease just full of stuff. Sure wish the lawmakers would pass a law to have rock skirts on trucks to try and save our windshields instead of passing laws to ban eating a cheeseburger while driving.
Lol I got my first crack at 2,500 miles right in the upper passenger corner. It was the day I lifted it and put 33's on it...got home and my dad told me "if you didn't ruin that rig with a lift you never woulda got that chip!"
Wow, my insurance company covers chip repairs for free.
I carry a $50 deductible on my comprehensive coverage, this covers windshields.
You SHOULD have it fixed. It's not just aesthetics, you could get a ticket for it and it's a bit of a safety issue as well.
I'm on my second windshield, this one has a chip repair in it.
You might check into lowering the deductible on your comprehensive coverage. It pays off in the long run, believe me.
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It used to be a jeep thing... til that sh!t broke!
I watched a star chip run from the middle of my windshield, in both directions, all the way across in about 4 seconds once. (Yup, that's right!) All I did was turn on the defroster while I was driving to work in winter.
" ... Nobody said it was a good plan. It's like somebody went through an actual strategy and replaced every instance of the word 'tactical' with 'balls out.' ... "
Two years, original glass still there, no chips. Knock on plastic. Since the OP lives in Alaska, there is the cold over the winter to consider. Can an effective glass change be done without too much trouble? Here they show up and replace it in the parking lot while you are at work. In Alaska, during the winter how do you get a replacement? An indoor operation? Will you have the time to get it done? Those are the things I would look at. Another consideration is the temperature differential on the inside of the glass as compared to the outside of the glass and its effects on a crack. Being in Alaska would accentuate that difference and maybe cause the crack to bypass the temporary fix? Just some thoughts. Don't know if it may help you to make a decision about doing it now or later.
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Consensus seemed to be let 'er go as long as I could, because odds are I was just going to get hit again and it seems to be holding well.
Sure enough, at 2600 miles I got chip number two. I tried to Safelite it, but it just danced right around the repair and took off like a shot horizontally across the windshield. Hopefully it's run its course.
I think I'm going to try to make it until spring (or breakup as we call it up here.) Every third car up here has a giant crack in the windshield, so I guess I'm in the club now.
Whoever mentioned the zero deductible insurance, I'm sure it exists, but I would be paying through the nose for it. Put it this way: when I moved here I had a 2001 Oldsmobile Alero. Full coverage on it through State Farm with a $500 deductible was $95 a month in MI. It would have run me $190 in AK. Probably cheaper in the long run just to take my chances paying cash for the occasional new windshield. (Bizarrely, switching from a nine-year-old Alero to a brand new Wrangler only increased it about a buck a month.) I'll have a look and see what I can find though.
Have to get an inspection sticker every 12 months. Can not get one with a crack( as in winshield not butt or cameltoe). So I just wait until then and get the insurance to put one in ,no cost to me and see what happens in 12 months.
It ain't easy being cheesy:
Sometimes I make decisions like famous people.
George Armstrong Custer "lets go over that hill, I think those are friendly indians!"
Titanic's Captain Smith "What icebergs? Full speed ahead!"
i just got my cracked at 1600 miles on freeway to work today. I heard so much about jeep wrangler tend to get hit by rocks but i never thought it would be this soon to me. at least its not a dent on my metal. Knock on the wood. I wonder how many people repair or replace their windshield since they own the wrangler?