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ADAS Recalibration and Costs

The windshield of a modern car may not look a whole lot different from cars of the past, but today’s windshields contain complex technologies called ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems). These driver assistance technologies include safety features like blind-spot monitoring, lane-change assist, and collision warnings, to name a few. These systems rely on radar, lidar, cameras, computer imaging, sensors, networking, and other devices to ensure a safe driving experience. The bad news is that these technologies add to the cost of repairs, including windshield replacement because they require calibration. However, it’s well worth the extra money to make sure that your car’s safety features are working properly.

A large percentage of drivers aren’t good drivers; with the rise of cellphones and on-board entertainment systems, distracted driving is a common occurrence. Every year, over 2 million people are injured or disabled in the United States due to traffic accidents. More than 35,000 people are killed. ADAS systems help a lot in preventing accidents. According to some industry professionals, vehicle to vehicle communication could prevent up to 600,000 accidents a year. Combined with ADAS systems, this translates to far safer vehicles and roads.
Why Does the ADAS Need to be Recalibrated?

So, why does the system need to be recalibrated at all? Many windshields have built-in sensors that connect to various features with the ADAS. If the sensors are bumped or moved by even just a millimeter, it can throw off the entire system. More advanced ADAS systems use cameras for lane departure warnings and similar features. These generally have a special area of the windshield that the lens can “see” through. The camera lens is very sensitive and precise, so care must be taken to make sure everything is lined up perfectly. Like sensors, these cameras are sensitive to being moved, so they generally need to be recalibrated as well.

The Reason Behind ADAS Costs

If you don’t have a newer car with ADAS systems now, you most likely will in the future, as these features are becoming the standard for all newer vehicles. Despite being technologically advanced, windshields still break. If you need to replace the windshield on a newer vehicle, it’s important to know that your car’s ADAS system will likely need to be recalibrated. The cost can vary depending on the systems within your model’s windshield. It can be as simple as resetting the car’s computer system by plugging into the computer and driving the vehicle known as a dynamic calibration to as complicated as setting up lasers, taking measurements, and making manual adjustments known as a static calibration. Some vehicles like most Honda’s require both to be done.

ADAS calibrations after windshield replacement require specialized tools and training. The additional costs to windshield replacement can vary depending on the type of recalibration that’s needed, but it can generally range between $149 – $599. While you might not be too happy about the additional cost, proper calibration of your ADAS could mean the difference between avoiding a collision or a catastrophic accident.

ADAS Windshield Calibration

If you need your windshield replaced but aren’t sure if you’ll need an ADAS recalibration, give us a call at 253-569-9403. We can tell you whether your windshield is equipped with ADAS features and give you a quote for the replacement and calibration.

What’s Involved in ADAS Recalibration?

Automotive technology is always changing, and windshields are no exception. Today’s windshields may look like a large piece of glass, but they contain quite a bit of sophisticated technology. In cars that are equipped with ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems), windshields have numerous built-in sensors and cameras that connect to safety features like adaptive cruise control, lane departure warnings, and blind-spot monitoring.
What does this mean for you? If you need a windshield replacement and you have a newer vehicle, you’ll likely need to have your ADAS system recalibrated to keep it functioning correctly. If these sensors or cameras get moved or bumped by even a millimeter, it can throw off the entire system. You may not even realize there’s a problem with the systems until you get into an accident. Although it costs more when replacing your windshield, it’s very important to have the system recalibrated to keep all your safety features working the way they should.

How is ADAS Recalibrated?

When a windshield is replaced, all the equipment that’s part of the ADAS like sensors and cameras are removed and reattached. During the calibration process, the sensors and cameras are adjusted and tested to make sure they’re still working properly. Although this may sound simple, the process requires specialized tools, equipment, and training. A custom tool manufactured by Autel is connected to the vehicle, which begins the camera aiming process to optimize the camera’s alignment and restores the manufacturer’s specifications.

How long does ADAS Calibration Take?

Calibration of the system generally takes about 1-2 hours and can be completed at the same time as your windshield replacement. Some vehicles will require dynamic calibration, static calibration, or both which involves driving the vehicle to calibrate the system. The windshield also needs to set for 60 minutes before calibration can be started. If you need to have ADAS calibration, it can take several hours for the entire process.

We have ADAS recalibration training and all the necessary equipment to bring your system back to factory specifications. If you’re not sure whether your vehicle is equipped with ADAS features that would need to be recalibrated with your windshield replacement, give us a call at 253-569-9403. We can look into your model and give you a cost and time estimate.

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What is ADAS Recalibration?

New cars come with an assortment of handy safety features, but this innovative technology means newer cars are also more complicated – and costly – to fix. Your windshield may look like it’s a just large piece of glass, but it actually includes quite a bit of technology.

What is ADAS?

Most manufacturers now include Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) features in their windshields. ADAS refer to any type of automated assistance to the driver. This can be anything from electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes to blind-spot monitoring, lane change assist, and collision warnings. ADAS is available in varying degrees, depending on your specific make and model; at its most advanced, it’s the driving force behind autonomous vehicles. The ADAS technologies that are commonly mounted in windshields include autonomous emergency braking (AEB), lane-departure warning, collision avoidance, and adaptive cruise control.

Why is ADAS Recalibration Important in Windshield Replacement?

ADAS RecalibrationUnsurprisingly, ADAS systems make windshield replacement more difficult. The sensors and the equipment they’re paired with need to be calibrated for them to work properly. Replacing a windshield means that the cameras and sensors within the glass must be replaced, and the equipment they’re attached to must be calibrated to work properly. If a sensor gets moved just a millimeter, it can throw off the accuracy of the ADAS system. Unfortunately, if the system isn’t working correctly, the driver may not be aware until an accident occurs. Most manufacturers require ADAS recalibration for the following circumstances:

  • Windshield replacement
  • Collision repair
  • After airbags deploy
  • Suspension repair
  • Front end realignment
  • Changing the tires or ride height
  • Replacement of a faulty camera or sensor
  • When ADAS lights are on or flashing
  • Replacement of the vehicle’s ECM (Engine Control Module), PCM (Powertrain Control Module), or ECU (Engine Control Unit)

There are two types of ADAS recalibration: static and dynamic. Static calibration involves setting up a vehicle-specific target board at a precise distance from the vehicle and finding the center of the vehicle. The camera is recalibrated using a scan tool that’s connected to the vehicle’s computer, and the target board aligns the vehicle. Dynamic recalibration involves hooking the scan tool to the vehicle and taking it for a road test. The road test aligns the vehicle while the scan tool recalibrates the camera.

Safer Vehicles, More Costly Repairs

ADAS features increase safety for drivers, passengers, and pedestrians, but the technology does increase repair costs. A typical windshield replacement on an older vehicle would have been about $300; with ADAS recalibration, it could be as much as $1500, depending on the vehicle’s features. If you have a newer vehicle, it’s recommended to familiarize yourself with the type of features it has. This is important not only for cost considerations, but it may also help you determine whether your system is working correctly.

If you don’t already have a newer vehicle, chances are you will in the future. As of 2020, all U.S. manufactured vehicles are mandated to include autonomous emergency braking systems and forward-collision warning systems. So even if your vehicles don’t currently have these systems, U.S. makes that are 2020 and newer will include them.

At Lucky Dog Auto Glass, we care about your safety and the safety of our community. If your vehicle needs a windshield replacement, we have the equipment and expertise to properly calibrate your ADAS system. Not sure if your car is equipped with ADAS technology? We’re happy to let you know and offer a free quote on the cost of your windshield replacement. Give us a call at 253-569-9403 or send us a message through our online form.

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Local Windshield Replacement Company vs National Competition

When you’re looking for a windshield or other auto glass replacement and repair, there are many options. There are national competitors, independent shops, and even pop up tents in the mall parking lot. You also have the option between hiring mobile auto glass repair businesses or bringing your vehicle to a specialized auto glass shop with a physical storefront.

Technicians Installing New Windshield

Mobile windshield installation was developed for convenience. After all, it’s nice to drive to work with a cracked windshield and leave for lunch with a brand new one installed. All while your vehicle stays in one spot. However, it is not a safe process. Unfortunately, mobile installation does not offer the same resources, equipment, or time for the installation to be completed properly.

Did you know that often, national installers receive their bonuses based on speed? Not quality. This is so the company makes more money, because they get more jobs done in one day. This is very risky, as glass installation is a complex process. At Lucky Dog, we take the time to ensure you have glass installed properly, and safely, the first time. Our number one priority as a business is making sure our customers are safe and happy.

Get True High Quality Windshield Replacement

Hiring a national company, you may notice that only one technician came out to install your glass. This is likely due to the shortage of qualified window replacement technicians in the market. However, a true quality windshield replacement will require at least two experienced auto glass technicians to complete. One person cannot adequately ensure the glass is aligned with the vehicle before installing it. Also, with mobile installation, who is there to check the installation for quality? At Lucky Dog, we follow specific steps and protocol to make sure your glass was installed and there will be no leaks or issues in the future.

Another benefit to using an independent shop versus a mobile company, is that if there ever is an issue with your auto glass installation, you have a store to take the vehicle back to, to address to problem. Whereas if you have a problem with a mobile company, its much more challenging to get ahold of the company who needs to repair the problem. We’ve heard many times that calls are not returned in this circumstance, and don’t want that to happen to you. To learn more about mobile windshield installation, check out this blog.

For a five-star auto glass experience you can count on, visit the experts at Lucky Dog Auto Glass. Give us a call today at (253)-569-9403. We look forward to providing all your auto glass needs.

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Your Local Family-Owned Auto Glass Experts

Your car was not just built to get you from point A to point B, but also to protect you in the unfortunate event of a vehicle accident. All repair work done to your car is regulated by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) to ensure that all and their installation meet the performance requirements that contribute to your safety. All of our installations at Lucky Dog have been approved to meet the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, and we only use the highest quality auto glass on the market in our shop.

Have you ever wondered why when your glass has been installed you cannot just immediately drive off? This is because it needs time to cure. It is actually against the law for us to release your vehicle/you to drive away unless it has had enough cure time according to the FMVSS requirements.

Here’s 6 quick facts about auto glass:

  • Did you know that the windshield is part of the airbag deployment system? The passenger side airbags deploy upward and off the windshield at speeds up to 200mph! Of course, the windshield also assists in an accident at keeping the passengers inside the vehicle.
  • The replacement windshield itself is just one part of a safe installation. In addition to factory-authorized glass, the quality of the adhesive is just as important. Quality adhesive is what makes your vehicle safe to drive and to sit in. At Lucky Dog, we use only the highest quality urethane adhesive.
  • Our auto technicians leave 1/16th of an inch of the old adhesive from your vehicle when applying the new adhesive. Leaving just a hair of the old adhesive provides the best bonding surface possible to your new windshield.
  • In an accident, it rarely shatters. There are multiple layers to your windshield, preventing a shatter in an accident. This minimizes the risk of injuries caused directly by the windshield.
  • They’re the most common insurance claim. Broken or damaged windshields are the most common reason for pursuing an automotive insurance claim in the U.S. Many auto claims start with a rock hitting the windshield or destructive hail.
  • Minor damage can often be repaired. Come see us to learn if this is a possibility for your windshield. Injecting a resin into the damaged area can repair chips, up to the size of a quarter. When the resin cures, you can barely detect where the damage was. A less expensive and quicker alternative to a full replacement of your windshield.

Your satisfaction is guaranteed when you choose Lucky Dog Auto Glass. When you need auto, or truck glass replaced, we have you covered! Our shop is conveniently located on Central Ave S in downtown Kent. Please call us at 253-569-9403 today for a quote or questions about your auto or truck glass replacement.

Replacing the Windshield on Your Leased Car

When it comes to the decision of leasing or owning a car, there are plenty of reasons for people to choose either option. For those who choose a leased car, it’s nice to always have the opportunity to drive a newer vehicle that you get to update every few years because it means you rarely have to worry about repairs beyond your basic routine maintenance. Leasing also gives you the opportunity to drive a car that might be a little too far out of your budget to buy outright, which is always nice. However, it has downsides, as well… such as big upcharges for any damage to the leased car on your watch, including damage to your windshield or auto glass.

Windshield Replacement

It’s not uncommon for us to see people with leased cars in the shop for windshield repair or replacement. It may seem like a strange idea to pay for a repair on a leased vehicle when you can just give it back at the end of the lease term and take the penalty, but in reality you’re actually saving money by doing the repair yourself. Those penalties can be steep and include upcharges that you normally wouldn’t have to deal with if you owned the car, mainly because the auto dealership wants to take an additional cut for the inconvenience of having to take care of a repair themselves. If they want to lease the vehicle again or offer it for resale, it needs to be in the best possible condition, so they want to make sure they’re covered for that cost and then some.

If you’re getting close to the end of your lease and know you have some glass or windshield damage that needs repair or replacement, it’s the perfect time to make an appointment with the team at Lucky Dog to get it fixed. We recommend people wait until their lease is almost up because that reduces the risk of any additional damage happening before you have to bring the car back in to the dealer. Without taking this step, you could not only lose your security deposit, but also be charged additional fees that end up costing you much more than the glass repair.

This is as good a time as any to do some quick budget balancing to determine your costs. Will your fees end up exceeding the cost of windshield replacement when you return the leased car? If so, it’s well worth your time to make the appointment and get that glass fixed up.

Lucky Dog Auto Glass is a reputable local company with a shop location near you! We make the promise to install our auto or truck glass “factory perfect” every time. Our team of expert technicians go the extra mile to ensure a tight, proper seal and we’ll make sure your window frame is cleaned and prepped the right way. When you’re leasing a vehicle, these details are extra important because the auto dealer will be doing an inspection for wear and tear. Give your car back in the absolute best possible condition!

If you have any other questions about how we work with lease warranties or other concerns, give us a call anytime.

Uber and Lyft Vehicle Requirements in Washington

The gig economy has become an excellent way to earn additional income. Especially if you have an asset already, such as a car, you can now leverage that asset to make money in your free time! Many people are turning to ridesharing apps to supplement their income. Especially in Kent, Seattle, Tacoma, and the surrounding areas, it seems as if there are cars with pink mustaches and Uber stickers everywhere.

You may want to join in on the financial gains, but will your vehicle make the cut? Uber and Lyft have strict requirements for vehicles. They want to ensure happy customers, so they expect cars to be in good condition, clean, and have no cosmetic damage. For example, Uber requires vehicles in the Seattle area to be 10 years old or newer, have no commercial branding, have 4 doors, be in good condition with no cosmetic damage, and pass a vehicle inspection. Lyft expects Washington applicants to have a vehicle that is 4 doors, 2009 or newer, and has 5-8 seats (including the driver), and pass a vehicle inspection.

Both Uber and Lyft require vehicles to pass an inspection before they begin driving. Why is this so important? Because they will be on the lookout for eyesores and cosmetic damage. If you have a broken windshield, you cannot operate as a driver for these rideshare apps. Cosmetic damage such as cracked windshields or auto glass will disqualify your vehicle. The good news is that auto glass damage can be fixed by the professionals in our facility. We are windshield repair and replacement experts. If you have any issues with your auto glass, we can fix it before your vehicle inspection.

Come by and see us for your auto glass repairs, so you can get on the road and start earning money as an Uber or Lyft driver!

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Tips You Need to Know When Shipping Your Vehicle in Seattle

Are you shipping your vehicle via the Port of Seattle? Many people choose to ship their vehicles when moving. For example, people moving from Seattle to Alaska commonly ship their vehicles. Many people also find when moving to Northern or Southern California that shipping their vehicle is the best choice for transport. There are different methods of shipping, such as paying for an individual shipping container. This is an extremely expensive option that is generally reserved for exotic cars.

The most common shipping method is called roll-on/roll-off, or RORO. This is for vehicles that can be driven or rolled on and off the ship. Your car must be in drivable condition, otherwise you will incur a fee to have it towed onto the ship. There is less protection with RORO than a shipping container, but it is significantly cheaper. When shipping your vehicle roll-on/roll-off, it will be exposed to the weather, including rain, hail, and wind. For this reason, the Port of Seattle will not accept vehicles to ship that have a broken windshield. This is to protect them from liability issues and to protect your vehicle from damage.

Shipping your Vehicle

If you are planning on shipping your vehicle via the Port of Seattle, but it has broken auto glass, it will need to be fixed before boarding the boat. Whether it’s a cracked windshield or a broken window, Lucky Dog Auto Glass can help! We will repair or replace your windshield to ensure it has a perfect seal, which protects your vehicle interior from the weather. An imperfect seal or a crack in glass can lead to damage inside, such as mold. Protect your vehicle and make sure it is safe to ship by bringing it to our auto glass shop!

Is it better to go to a shop for windshield replacement?

Yes, it is better to go to a shop for windshield replacement. Why do we encourage all our customers to visit an auto glass shop for their windshield replacement? To protect themselves! For your safety and the safety of the passengers in your car, always take your vehicle to a specialized auto glass shop when you need windshield replacement. While mobile windshield replacement services are convenient, improper repairs in the field can lead to shoddy workmanship and dangerous results.

Quality

For example, if the auto glass technicians at Lucky Dog remove a windshield and find rust, we fix the damage. The existing rust is grinded down to bare metal, treated with acid that converts the metal to a removable substance, then a chemical is used that burns off surface contaminants and surface agents. Any contaminant from the process is burned off. Then we use a primer that is carbon-based, like our adhesive, that protects the metal from rust and gives a surface to bond the glass to the vehicle. That’s quite a process!

If the metal isn’t treated properly, it could be exposed. Exposed bare metal oxidizes and rusts. For the process to be completed properly, it takes time. We do one step, wait for it to be completed, and then come back to the treatment. Unfortunately, mobile auto glass replacement services can’t offer the same service because of the time and space it requires. In the field, the work is completed quickly, and mobile windshield installers do not have the space to keep a vehicle for hours or overnight.  That means that this process is not done correctly, compromising the safety of the vehicle and the quality of the installation.

Our shop has the equipment, time, and space necessary to complete auto glass repairs and installation properly. Without those valuable resources, mobile windshield replacement is an inferior option.

Stability

If and when something goes wrong with your mobile windshield installation, will the company who installed your windshield be accountable? Our shop is open, you can call our business phone number, and you can come in during business hours. We are present and available to hear any questions or concerns. A mobile installer with a truck can just block your number. How will you reach them to repair their shoddy work? Time and time again we hear this story from customers who relied on a mobile service for windshield installation.

There are many reasons that it is better to go to a shop for windshield replacement. One of the most apparent issues isn’t necessarily unique to mobile services, but the industry itself. Believe it or not, the auto glass industry isn’t regulated, meaning that any random person with a truck can start their own mobile-glass repair business. All they have to do is pay the state of California a yearly fee of $200 and voila, they are now a state-registered installer. 

When you come to Lucky Dog Auto Glass, you are entrusting your car to a team that has years of experience and a focus on completing the job correctly. We are accountable for our work and always happy to answer any questions you may have. When you need a windshield replacement completed right the first time, come see the experts.

Is Mobile Auto Glass Replacement Dangerous?

Is mobile auto glass replacement dangerous? The simple answer is yes, it is. Since mobile auto glass services are not regulated* and cannot offer the same stability, they may offer lower quality installation than a specialized auto glass shop. Unfortunately, this can have hazardous results. What makes mobile auto glass dangerous? That’s where the long answer comes in.

To start with, you should probably know what a mobile-installation service is. As the name suggests, it is an on-the-go repair service where the technician goes to the customer, rather than the other way around. On the surface, this all sounds great, right? You can get the same services at an increased level of convenience, so why wouldn’t you want to turn to a mobile service? Well, it is important to remember that convenient is not synonymous with quality, and the word “same” in this instance is only true on a very surface level. Mobile services come with numerous shortcomings which could seriously compromise the quality of service as well as the safety of a vehicle and its passengers.

Glass repair and replacement is a delicate process, and a lack of proper training and knowledge can severely impact the quality of work. It is not uncommon for a poorly trained technician to work without gloves, which could compromise the glue’s ability to properly bond as a result of the oil on the technician’s hands. There are various other concerns that a lack of training could cause including improper application of adhesive, a lack of proper prep and priming of the glass, the use of incorrect parts, the list goes on. It is also very common for mobile services to only have one technician to perform a replacement, which is a serious problem, as a lone technician simply cannot properly align a windshield with a vehicle.

Even if you get two mobile technicians with sufficient knowledge and training, there is another very important factor at play, the work environment. One of the most important aspects of glass installation is improvisation, the ability to adapt to different issues as you encounter them. Working in the field comes with many restrictions that inhibit a technician’s ability to adapt to whatever unique issues your vehicle may face. Certain tools simply cannot be transported in a mobile vehicle, so a lack of proper equipment is a very real possibility. A customer may not know the exact make or model of their car, so there is a chance that the technician might not even have the proper replacement parts. Certain issues can take longer periods of time to properly fix, so if your vehicle is exposed to certain elements there is a very real possibility that the end result will be shoddy, due to the need for the technician to rush the process.

Your vehicle’s windshield is an extremely important component of you and your passengers’ safety. A windshield that isn’t properly installed could result problems ranging from leaks all the way to your windshield actually popping out of the frame! The question of quality is ultimately what makes mobile auto glass replacement dangerous. If a windshield is improperly replaced, the seal may not be perfect. Without a perfect seal, the windshield can not adequately protect you and your passengers in an accident. Tragically, people have died because of shoddy auto glass workmanship. Protect yourself and everyone who travels in your vehicle with safe and professional auto glass repairs and replacement.

If you need glass replacement performed, then be sure to you go to a shop with a strong reputation and replacement guarantee. For those who have already received work from a mobile glass replacement service and have been experiencing issues or have concerns, feel to schedule an appointment with our team for an inspection of the work. Ensure your windshield and auto glass replacement is safe. Come see Lucky Dog Auto Glass.

*A lot of mobile glass shops exist because the auto glass industry is very poorly regulated allowing anyone to open a business without a storefront to work out of. While this significantly lowers overhead it also allows inferior practices. When something goes wrong with an installation and there isn’t a shop to return to you are banking on the fact that the installer will stand behind his work, when in reality there’s no easier way to avoid dealing with warranty work or simply ignoring a customer’s call. In no way am I saying all mobile operates this way, but I’ve heard of this time and time again from my customers.

Is Mobile Windshield Installation Safe?

Unfortunately, mobile windshield installation is not safe. Although it is convenient, it does not offer the same resources, equipment, and most importantly – time – for the installation to be completed properly. It is better to go to a specialized auto glass repair shop to have your repairs completed because the shop will be able to correctly remove your existing windshield, repair any damage, and install your new windshield in a controlled environment. In the field, you are subject to any disruptions that might occur, such as unexpected issues with the parts, damage to the vehicle, and weather. It’s not possible for mobile installers to react to these obstacles without affecting the quality of the work.

The auto glass industry is not regulated, meaning any person with a truck can start a windshield installation business. While mobile windshield installation is convenient for drivers with a busy schedule, it can be disastrous for your safety. Ultimately, there are several issues with mobile installation that make it unsafe. Without proper installation, a windshield can pop out at any time, let water or wind into your vehicle, and not protect you properly in case of an accident. Here are 7 signs that your mobile windshield installation was not completed correctly:

      Only One Person
      A true quality windshield replacement will require at least two experienced auto glass technicians to complete. If there is only one person in the mobile service, this is a red flag. One person simply cannot ensure the windshield glass is aligned with the vehicle correctly before installing it.
      No Gloves
      If you watch the installer handle your windshield, and the technicians are not wearing gloves, this is a major problem. New windshield glass is covered with urethane, which is necessary for the glass to be secured properly. However, without gloves technicians can transfer oils from their hands to the glass. This reduces the adhesive strength and can result in leaks. When replacing a windshield, your auto glass technicians should be wearing proper gloves.
      Unclear Glass Origins
      With thousands of different vehicles on the road and millions of different glass options, it is possible that even if the installer orders the correct windshield for your vehicle, the wrong one is delivered. An experienced professional in a auto glass repair shop will double-check to ensure that the glass is correct from the manufacturer. However, an installer in the field doesn’t have the advantage of time or space to keep your vehicle, they may use the incorrect part. Some installers also use after-market glass to cut costs. A reputable auto glass shop will let you know where the windshield is from and ensure it is the correct glass for your vehicle.
      Glass is Wavy
      This is another sign of inferior quality glass. If your installer used cut-rate glass to replace your windshield, it may appear wavy or bumpy in the sunlight. A windshield should appear consistent and smooth.
      Whistling Noise While Driving
      When you take your car on the freeway and accelerate, do you hear a whistling or whooshing sound? An improperly sealed windshield could be letting wind into the crevices between the vehicle and the glass. A common shortcut that causes this is called stuffing. It can be identified if you see a windshield replaced and the windshield wipers aren’t removed.
      Leaks in Your Windshield
      Does moisture seep through your vehicle when it’s raining or when you go through the car wash? If any water gets into your vehicle from the outside through your windshield, that is a sign that the glass was improperly installed. A perfect seal ensures no moisture or wind can enter the car.
      You Drove Your Car Right After Replacement
      If your mobile windshield installer gave you the go-ahead to drive your car immediately after your windshield replacement, this is a major issue. The adhesives used to properly secure the new glass require time to harden and cure. If you drive your car before the adhesive sets, the glass can shift while you drive. You may not think this is a big deal, but the smallest bump can cause your glass to move. If you drove your car within a few hours of installation, the glass might not be sitting right. We use a urethane that allows a 1 hour safe driveaway time, from the time the glass is set in the vehicle. Some adhesives take as long as 12 hours to cure!

What do you do if you have had mobile windshield installation and are concerned that your windshield is unsafe? Call the professionals at Lucky Dog Auto Glass! We can inspect, repair, and replace your vehicle’s auto glass.

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