If Your Side Window Won’t Close, These Are Some Reasons Why

Just think, it’s the dead of winter and you can’t roll up your side windows due to something being faulty. You’d likely be fuming if it weren’t for the already chilly temperatures in the car. Now, we understand this is a made up scenario but side window problems can strike at any time. Let’s take a look at a few of the common reasons why side windows stop working properly.

The Weather Stripping is Damaged

If the weather stripping around your door is damaged, it can keep your side window from fully closing. Not only that, but mangled weather stripping can allow water, dirt, and unwanted air to enter your vehicle. The former two can cause some real trouble if they come into contact with your vehicle’s carpet or upholstery. If bad weather stripping is the cause of your window not closing properly, get it fixed as soon as possible.

Rogue Auto Glass

In order for your side windows to move up and down, it has to follow a track. As long as the glass stays along its track, everything should be good. But, if it gets off track, things can get a bit ugly. If you’re noticing rough movements or general non-movement in your window, the door panel will have to be removed in order to ascertain whether or not the window has gone off track. If so, it’s time to see an auto glass specialist.

Broken Glass

Your side windows are comprised of tempered glass, which is designed to shatter into tiny pebbles when impacted. If you get into a minor accident and damage happens to the glass along the track where you can’t see it, broken glass can get into the track and keep the window from functioning properly.

 

If you’re experiencing any of these signs, please come into one of our centers and we’ll resolve the issue right away. You can always opt for our mobile services too!

Common Mistakes People Make When Cleaning Their Auto Glass

Now that the weather is starting to really perk up, you’re probably feeling the urge to pull out the old bucket and soap and give your car a good washing. First off, kudos to you for taking care of your vehicle. After all, a dirty car isn’t the most attractive thing in the world. But, before you start the process, you might want to brush up on your car cleaning techniques to ensure you’re not secretly damaging your vehicle. Follow the tips below to refresh your skills.

Don’t Use Just Any Soap

You may not know this, but your vehicle’s auto glass has an important coating covering its surface. If you throw dish soap in a bucket with a sponge and use it to clean your car, you’re damaging said coating. When heading outside to scrub your car, always make sure to check the soap you’re choosing to use implies it has the proper formulation for use on auto glass. This way, you’ll never have to wonder if your cleaner is hindering your efforts.

If the Glass is Dry, Don’t Clean It Yet

Unless you’ve sprayed down your car with a hose, or wet the cloth you’re using, refrain from wiping down your vehicle while it’s dry. Even though your glass might look free of debris, there are dust particles present that can leave scratches on your windows if you wipe them with a dry cloth. The more you do this, the more your glass will weaken over time and become prone to damage. So, to avoid such implications, always make sure to hose down, wet, or apply cleaning solution prior to giving your car a wipe down.

Keep Away from Paper Towels

We all know paper towels are super convenient for cleaning pretty much anything but keep in mind that they probably aren’t the best for your auto glass. The surface of paper towels is particularly rough and even if they are wet, they can still damage the surface. If you think tissues are a better alternative, think again. A lot of tissues these days contain some form of soothing lotion and can leave behind lint and fibers when wiped along your glass. If you’re going to choose any material to clean your vehicle with, choose a microfiber towel.

 

There’s more to cleaning your car windows than you thought, huh? It really comes down to the materials you’re using. Follow the instructions laid out above and your auto glass will be sitting pretty come wash day. If your auto glass runs into any trouble, rely on our technicians here at AllStar Windshield Centers!

Before Tinting Your Windows, Get Your Auto Glass Fixed

Seeing varying degrees of window tint on vehicles is quite common. After all, it can feel a bit weird when you’re sitting in your car and everyone can see you. Window tint offers some level of privacy for drivers and their passengers. It also reduces UV rays and can help keep your car a bit cooler in the summer. But, if the tint is applied over a broken window, you’re basically just throwing money down the drain. Let’s take a look at a few reasons why…

Impaired Quality

By placing tint over a damaged window, you’re gambling with the overall quality of the finish. If any chips or cracks are present on the windshield at the time you apply the tint, they will definitely become more noticeable and you run the risk of the tint developing a groove around those damaged areas. Save yourself from a messy tint job and get your auto glass replaced before trying to do anything to it.

Could Be a Problem with the Law

There aren’t laws in place prohibiting drivers from tinting their damaged windows, but if a police officer notices your window tint is especially messy they might pull you over. The reason for this is that having blatant imperfections in your tint can limit your vision on the road. It’s not illegal to have window tint but it is illegal to operate a vehicle with a heavily discolored or cracked windshield that may prove dangerous to the vehicle operator and other drivers on the road. It’s not a done deal that you’ll be pulled over, but shoddy tint over damaged auto glass can be enough for it to happen.

If the Tint Job is Bad, Trust Us to Fix It

Our technicians are experts for a reason, so no matter what quality of tint job you arrive at one of our centers with, we can get it repaired just as quickly as a normal window. We’ll remove the tint, repair any imperfections in your auto glass, and leave you with a clean slate so you can, hopefully, do better with the window tint the second time around.

 

If you’re struggling with some bad window tint or simply need your auto glass repaired or replaced, get in touch with your nearest AllStar Windshield Center. If you’d rather keep things on the web, you can choose to fill out our online contact form. We look forward to helping you!

What is a Sandblasted Windshield?

While getting dings, chips, and cracks in your windshield are common, you may not have heard the term “sandblasted” before. A sandblasted windshield is what happens when small sand particles continually come into contact with your windshield. While these sand particles aren’t large enough to cause serious damage, they can create minuscule holes in the glass. There is only so much you can do to protect your windshield from debris on the road, but you can help your windshield from becoming sandblasted again.

How Does This Happen?

If you find yourself asking how your windshield got like this in the first place, the answer is likely going to be because you drive too close to the people in front of you. When you tailgate, road debris like rocks, dirt, and sand are sent into the air by tires and go crashing into your windshield. The more you tailgate and the closer you get to other drivers, the more damage your windshield will sustain. Keeping a safe distance from others on the road is your best chance at minimizing auto glass damage from dirt and sand particles.

Why Should I Get My Windshield Fixed?

While sandblasting alone isn’t enough to destroy your windshield, it can weaken it immensely and make it much more susceptible to cracks and chips. A rock simply needs to be spit out from a random vehicle and shot at your windshield to cause some real issues with your sandblasted auto glass. If you bring your windshield in for repair, the technicians at AllStar Windshield Centers can remove the damage and pits left behind from sandblast damage and get you back on the road safely.

 

If the damage we’ve described sounds like something your windshield is suffering from, come into your nearest auto glass center and we’ll get your windshield back in top shape. We look forward to seeing you!

Caring for Your Windshield This Winter Season

Every year we find ourselves reminding drivers to take extra care of their automobiles in the winter. After all, winter can be absolutely brutal. Not only to your car but also your surroundings, your home, and even your skin. So, as the cold settles in, allow us to give you a refresher on how you can care for your auto glass this season.

Avoid Drastic Temperature Changes

Blasting heat onto your frigid windshield in the morning isn’t going to do it any favors. Sure, you might think it’s going to melt that ice off faster, and it will, but it’s really just putting your windshield at risk for damage. When you “shock” your auto glass with sudden temperature changes, it can crack, pit, and in rare cases, shatter. Now this doesn’t mean you cannot utilize your car’s heating system to help the ice melt, but it’s in your best interest to not crank the heat to it’s highest temperature setting while also blasting said air straight onto it. Keep your cold morning from getting any worse and follow our advice, please.

An Ice Scraper and De-Icing Windshield Fluid Are Your Friends

Two of your best bets when battling auto glass ice are de-icing windshield washer fluid and a trusty ice scraper. Tap water can help you get rid of ice if you’re truly in a bind, but removing ice by hand with an ice scraper is simply the better method as long as you remember to wear gloves (to avoid cold hands, of course). De-icing windshield washer fluid also comes in handy both while on the road and when prepping your car for a winter drive. If you currently don’t have either of these items at your disposal, head to the store and grab them today!

Replace Damaged Glass

Bitterly cold temperatures can leave your auto glass super sensitive and weak. If your windshield got damaged by a rock on the highway a few months ago or if there’s been a troubling crack on your windshield for a bit, go get them fixed at one of our nearest centers. It saves your from dealing with auto glass problems in non-deal weather conditions and also keeps your family and passengers safe while riding in your vehicle.

 

These are a few of the things you can do for your auto glass this winter. Apply our advice and you should be good to go throughout the cold months. If Jack Frost finds a way of throwing a curveball at you, or a wayward snowball, then know you can come to us and we’ll have you safely back on the road in no time. If you require our services, please call your nearest AllStar Windshield Centers location or fill out our online contact form.

The Dangers of Not Getting Your Windshield Fixed

Taking a mere glance at the title of this blog post likely reminds you that you’re guilty of leaving your windshield hanging at least once or twice…maybe even three times. If you’re in a state where windshield repair is covered with comprehensive insurance coverage then you’re putting off free repairs for no reason. If you have to pay for your auto glass repairs, we understand the hesitation, but it’s in your best interest to get your windshield tended to if it’s damaged. Things can go quite wrong if you let damage linger for too long, so perhaps the following list of potential consequences will spur you into action.

1.) Small Damage Only Gets Worse

Glass damage only gets worse as time goes on. It can be easy to brush off a small chip or scratch, but brushing it off soon turns into avoiding it all together. Allowing a chip to hang out for too long can allow it to turn into a bigger problem, which only makes it more expensive to fix. If you get ahead of the ball, you can repair the chip while it’s small and drastically reduce the amount you pay for the repair job.

 

2.) A Damaged Windshield Simply Isn’t Safe

Any time there is structural damage to a windshield, its ability to protect you in an extreme situation is compromised. If your windshield glass is cracked or chipped prior to getting into an accident, it stands a far less chance of remaining intact. Echoing the point above, you should stay on top of repairing damage as it comes so that the integrity of your windshield can remain intact.

 

3.) Insurance May Not Cover Everything

While it’s true that insurance companies are required by law to waive their deductibles when paying for windshield damage, they can set a cap on how much they pay for the entire repair or replacement. Having to fork over money when you technically shouldn’t have to is always a bummer, so do your best to keep your windshield healthy.

 

4.) It Makes You a Liability

Even if you consider the damage to your windshield to only be a minor inconvenience, someone else could see it as a major problem. For example, existing windshield damage of a certain degree is not going to win you any favors with a police officer who pulls you over for unrelated offenses. Also, a damaged windshield likely isn’t going to make your passengers feel completely safe either. Keep all rides and interactions copacetic and stay on top of your windshield repairs.

 

If the point wasn’t yet clear, please stay on the ball with your auto glass. All of us behind the wheel benefit from auto glass that is in top shape. Damaged auto glass can compromise not only your safety, but the safety of your passengers and loved ones. Let AllStar Windshield Centers help you keep your glass strong! Call us, or fill out an online contact form.

How to Avoid a Vehicle Break-In

If your vehicle has ever been broken into, you know the pit falling feeling in your stomach when you notice your car windows have been smashed in. Your belongings are strewn about the car, and most likely something of value has been stolen. While having to replace your windshield is usually an inconvenience but not too much money out of your pocket, having to replace smashed in window glass can be a different story. Take a look at some of these tips to avoid having to ever deal with an automobile break in.

1.) Choose Parking Wisely

Always choose a well-lit, public spot to park your car whenever you can. While it can be tempting to want to park your car away from others, it also means leaving your car in an area that isn’t as traveled or well-lit. This can present potential problems because thieves won’t be dissuaded from breaking in if they can remain relatively hidden while they sneak away with your things. So, whenever possible, choose a spot where people walking by would be able to notice nefarious behavior.

2.) Keep Valuables Out of Sight

This might seem obvious, but you would be surprised how many people leave their GPS’, backpacks, expensive sunglasses, and other valuable items in plain sight within their vehicles. While it is likely you have valuables in your car (who doesn’t?), it is in your best interest to keep them hidden. Have places where you store these items that aren’t your front seat. Keeping items of note out of sight will never 100% prevent a break in, but it will certainly make your car a less likely candidate over someone who leaves their possessions out in the open.

3.) Alarms are Your Friend

There is nothing that draws a person’s attention quite like a car alarm. If your alarm currently doesn’t work, you should certainly get it checked out soon. Not only do alarms deter thieves from sticking around to finish stealing your things, but it also alerts others in the area to the general location of said theft. Every time the alarm sounds is another chance for someone to notice that a robbery is taking place.

If you put these three tips into practice, you’ll stand a good chance of not having to deal with the aftermath of a vehicle break in. The most important tip to remember here is keeping valuables out of sight! However, if the worst should happen, look no further than AllStar Windshield for auto glass replacement and repair. We’ll be here to clean up the pieces. Call us at 800-900-1505, or fill out our online contact form.

AllStar Windshield Centers is Member of the AGSC

The Auto Glass Safety Council is a non-profit organization that educates and fosters safe auto glass repair and replacement standards. They have developed the AGRSS™ Standard, a system of standards for auto glass replacement.

AllStar Windshield Centers is a proud member of the AGSC and supports their mission in improving safe auto glass replacement standards. Our membership shows that we follow the highest safety standards for all auto glass replacements along with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard.

 

AllStar Windshield Centers delivers high-quality windshield repair and replacement services throughout the greater Chicago, IL area and beyond.