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Bad Design or Bad Luck (windsheild)

 
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 13, 2009 9:13 pm    Post subject:  Bad Design or Bad Luck (windsheild) Reply with quote

So i dont know if i just have really bad luck or there is something with the design of the Impala but i have had 2 cracked windshield in less then 6 months. Both have been in the lower passanger-side corner and both have run across the window in less than a day Mad

I was wondering if there is something crazy going on with the way the air moves over the car to catch crap off the road and throw it into my window or if i have really bad luck and should stop crying and buy a new one and hope it doesnt happen again?
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 13, 2009 9:18 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Bad luck, bad windshield, or bad installer. steelydenver is the resident glass expert - I'm sure he will chime in.

I've had the same windshield on my car since I bought it in 2004...nearly 100,000 miles later, several chips have been filled over the years and it's got pockmarks all over it, but no cracks.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 10:33 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I had a '92 Lumina Euro for over 5 years and it had 168k miles on it when we parted ways. That's the same chassis, even if an older version. Granted, the glass may have changed, but we haven't had any issues with our '06 either, which has over 70k on it now.

It could be plain old dumb luck, but I would worry that there may be some chassis/body flex if it's happening in the precise same location. Has the vehicle ever been wrecked? If not, it's doubtful that's an issue.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 10:58 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I'm on my third windshield in my Monte Carlo. There really isn't much you can do when a decent sized piece of debris is thrown up in front of your windshield...

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 4:03 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I had my impala for two weeks and around 300 miles when I lost the first windshield on the highway due to a large rock being slung from a gravel truck going the opposite direction, really sucked b/c not only did it destroy the windshield, but it also scratched the hood just slightly where it bounced, luckily no dent. Not to mention the car was brand new. Insurance bought a new one for me and I have had only one peck and had it filled immediately and you can't even tell it was ever there. Knock on wood I've had pretty good luck with the replacement, wierd thing though, my original did not have the tint shade, but it did have the little dot things, the replacement had both the dots and the tint shade...

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 11:16 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

It could be either one of those things Frank noted. Is your windshield breaking from rocks or is it stress cracking?
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 5:45 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

as far as i can tell it is rocks, it starts as a small chip at the bottom of the window then shoots up about 6 inches then flies across to the driver side.

I am have an appt with a new vendor so we will see what happens with the new windshield...
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 11:26 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I had an 81 Tercel that had enough rust at a bottom corner to press hard enough on the glass to crack it. Then it ran all the way across the windshield.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 12:53 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

lookinyourmirror wrote:
as far as i can tell it is rocks, it starts as a small chip at the bottom of the window then shoots up about 6 inches then flies across to the driver side.

I am have an appt with a new vendor so we will see what happens with the new windshield...


I hope your "new" vendor doesn't install Safelite or SGC brand glass! If they do, run the opposite way!!
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 10:52 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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I hope your "new" vendor doesn't install Safelite or SGC brand glass! If they do, run the opposite way!!


What's wrong with the safelite glass? I thought they all had the same standard. I was going to get a new windshield from them.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 11:42 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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What's wrong with the safelite glass? I thought they all had the same standard. I was going to get a new windshield from them.


It's not the greatest and I certainly wouldn't recommend it. My installer was borderline worthless and first brought out glass for a Grand Prix if that says anything. Fortunately, I have had this Safelite windshield for almost 4 years now with no signs of any issues.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 8:58 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Safelite glass has the same DOT strength standards but that is all. Safelite has huge problems with fit, distortion and mirror brackets falling off. About 75% of the Safelite shields I installed; The mirror bracket would fall off while I was re-installing the rv mirror. This is about their glass

As for having the Safelite company install your windshield, (forget about their poor product) I wouldn't do it. Safelite has some badass techs, but the average Safelite tech is usually slammed down with so much work, they are forced to move through each install as fast as they can which can result in poor workmanship.

Iffy, I've done the Grand Prix, Buick Century, Impala mistake. Those shields look so similar, if you don't take a strong look at the part # this mistake can happen.
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