The windshield is the most important piece of glass in your vehicle. It plays a crucial role in keeping you, your passengers, and your car’s interior safe on the road. This is why it makes sense to get a windshield replacement if your existing one has poor visibility, is scratched, damaged, or cracked.
However, most people are not commercial and auto glass experts like A&A Glass in Cherry Hill, NJ. So how can you tell if your new windshield replacement is incorrect?
Signs Your New Windshield Replacement Is Incorrect
Here are some telltale signs that your new windshield replacement is not a job well done, and you may require proper adjustment, installation, or another windshield replacement from better, trusted professionals.
- Gaps, Sounds, & Leaks
Incorrect windshield replacements can be easily identified by gaps in the glass and its frame. You should be able to spot them upon close inspection, but they typically also result in a whistling sound at high speeds, even when all the windows are rolled up.
This sound comes from the wind outside that is making its way through the small gaps. Naturally, these gaps will also allow water and other elements to pass through as well, which means you may experience a leaking windshield around the edges during inclement weather.
Gaps (whether visible or not), subsequent whistling sounds, and a leaky windshield are all signs of an incorrect windshield replacement.
- Visibility & Wavy Patterns
Most new windshield replacements will look clear and offer better visibility than your previous windshield. However, this does not necessarily mean that the glass quality is up to standard.
An easy way to identify a subpar windshield is to observe it under direct sunlight. If the view is not crystal clear, the glass doesn’t look flush, smooth, or if there are bumps or imperfections, you can conclude that the new auto glass is low-quality.
Most commonly, an incorrect windshield replacement with low-quality auto glass results in wavy patterns in the glass surface, causing slight distortions of incoming light. If you see this, you should consult professional auto glass experts like A&A Glass for further investigation.
- Visible Misalignment
When your new windshield replacement is visibly misaligned, not within frame, or slightly protruding out in places, you can be fairly certain it was installed incorrectly.
- Rattling Noise Over Bumps
Windshields are supposed to be fixed in place, sticking to the frame. However, if your new windshield replacement makes rattling sounds every time you go over a bump on the road, it’s a strong sign that your windshield is not properly secured in place.
This is a major cause for concern, because it can be incredibly dangerous for you to drive around in a car with such a windshield. Get it checked, corrected, or replaced at the earliest, preferably by better auto glass professionals than the ones who did the poor new windshield replacement in the first place.
- Old Adhesive
When replacing a windshield, professionals carefully take out all the old adhesive from the windshield’s frame. This ensures that the new windshield will stick to the frame correctly and provide strong adhesion.
However, if you can see the presence of old adhesive around the frame, you can be sure that it is the result of incorrect windshield replacement. It is also highly dangerous because if your vehicle experiences a collision, there is a high chance that the poor adhesion will cause your new windshield to fall out of the frame completely.