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Old 11-04-2010, 05:16 PM   #1
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To fix crack or not to fix crack?

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?

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Old 11-04-2010, 05:45 PM   #2
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The colds comming...... Might be 3 bills well spent. The year warrenty is what would sell me.

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Old 11-04-2010, 07:27 PM   #3
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Change insurance carriers. $0 ded. on comp is a must have in my book...... Ask me why...
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Old 11-04-2010, 08:06 PM   #4
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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
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Old 11-04-2010, 08:07 PM   #5
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Old 11-04-2010, 09:05 PM   #6
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I got my first chip with only 1300 mi. on my 2010 Sahara. Welcome to the club.
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Old 11-04-2010, 09:18 PM   #7
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Wow, in FL Deductibles do not apply to windshield damage. Under comp or collision coverage.
I say you should fix it.
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Old 11-05-2010, 02:07 PM   #8
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windshield

I had it happen at 900 miles. If you get that swing in outside temperature, I would get it replaced. At least you get a one year warranty.
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Old 11-06-2010, 04:14 PM   #9
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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.
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Old 11-06-2010, 04:57 PM   #10
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I'm on my 5th windshield. Last one taken out by a propane grill.
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Old 11-06-2010, 05:12 PM   #11
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I'm on my 5th windshield. Last one taken out by a propane grill.
I could help but lol as I tried to imagine this

Rofl!
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Old 11-06-2010, 05:12 PM   #12
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Old 11-06-2010, 05:19 PM   #13
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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!"

26,000 miles now and still haven't fixed it!
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Old 11-06-2010, 05:42 PM   #14
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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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I could help but lol as I tried to imagine this

Rofl!
Yeah, it was kinda funny. Turned out to be one of my customers and his brother owned a body shop and fixed everything.
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Old 11-06-2010, 07:35 PM   #16
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i'm in connecticut and we have free glass coverage on our policy.
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Old 11-06-2010, 07:50 PM   #17
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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.
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Old 11-06-2010, 08:15 PM   #18
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In the state of Ky its law, the insurance companys has to take the full tab on front glass repacements and they cannt up your rate for a replacement.
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In the state of Ky its law, the insurance companys has to take the full tab on front glass repacements and they cannt up your rate for a replacement.
thats cool!
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Old 11-06-2010, 09:59 PM   #20
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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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Old 11-29-2010, 06:23 PM   #21
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Update:

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.
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Old 11-29-2010, 06:34 PM   #22
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comprehensive insurance of mine covers any glass damage dont have to pay my 500 ded
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Old 11-29-2010, 06:39 PM   #23
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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.
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If its a crack its going to spread with change in temp if its a chip... Smaller than a quater safelite glass can fix it
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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?

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