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How to Clean Your Car Windows for a Streak-Free View

Cleaning your vehicles windows is a simple task, but achieving a streak-free view is easier said than done. The inside of auto glass tends to get a film built up on it over time from the gassing of carpet, upholstery, and dashboard and door panel plastic and can be difficult to remove. Although they are not harmful, they become difficult to clean off due to their interaction with UV rays and exposure to heat. The outside of your auto glass can also be difficult to clean, especially when it is subjected to road grime, sap and pollen, and other dirt and debris.

Get your car windows clean with a streak-free view with these tips!

What You’ll Need

  • Microfiber towels
  • Water repellent
  • Glass cleaner

Steps

  1. Always start the window cleaning process by first washing your car and leaving your windows for last.
  2. Clean the exterior of your auto glass with your glass cleaner, wiping down in a vertical motion. Once finished, wipe your windows horizontally with a microfiber towel. Continue to repeat this step until your window is clean.
  3. Use your microfiber towel and rub the top edge of the window that meets the door frame. You might need to apply pressure to remove any extra gunk.
  4. Once you have finished cleaning the exterior of your windows, repeat these steps to clean the interior of your windows.
  5. Once your windows are clean, apply a coat of water repellent.

 

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Mom-Friendly Vehicle Features

Every day, moms are working hard driving their kids to school, carpooling to sport practices, and everything in between. Thanks to new, multi functional features in newer model cars, many vehicles have a handful of mom-friendly features that make life easier.

Entertainment System

In-car entertainment systems are a great way to keep kids entertained, especially when you’ll be in the car for a longer duration. If possible, opt for a split-screen system to avoid any arguing over what to watch.

Hands-Free Lift Gate

Whether your hands are full or the kids are trying to throw things in the trunk, having a hands-free lift gate will not only make it easier to put your groceries away but will also avoid any injuries from the trunk closing on little fingers. Many newer cars now have a sensor under the back of the vehicle, making it as easy as moving your foot under the bumper to get your trunk to open.

In-Floor Storage

Carriages, sports equipment, and all of the fun items that come along with having kids take up a lot of space in your car. Having in-floor storage in your vehicle (typically in newer model minivans), you’re able to store away the things you need to keep in your car but don’t use as frequently in order to save the easily accessible spaces for those items that you need to get to regularly.

Things you can store in your in-floor storage: diaper bags, toys, muddy shoes, and extra snacks!

Built-In Cooler

Whether you’re heading on a road trip or soccer game, having a built-in cooler in your vehicle will be an absolute game changer! Keep juice and water cold at all times and never worry about hearing a complaint about sandwiches being floppy and gross. Stopping at a convenience store or snack bar can get expensive and your built-in cooler will help cut those costs!

In-Car Vacuum

Kids are messy and being able to easily clean up crumbs, dirt, and mud out of your car means less worrying about finding time to stop to vacuum your car at the local car wash. Cleaning up after your kids has never been easier!

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How Rear Windshield Replacement Differs

Many vehicle owners will never experience a damaged rear windshield but if you do, it’s important to keep in mind the differences compared to a front windshield replacement.

The main cause of most windshield damage we see at AllStar Windshield Centers? Car accidents. If your rear windshield has been shattered or damaged due to a collision, the first step is to have it replaced. One thing you’ll notice is that the price differs from a front windshield replacement. Here’s why.

Rear Windshields Are Made Differently

Your front windshield is actually made of a laminated glass, made up of two to three layers of glass to help avoid shattering in a collision, but your rear windshield is made of tempered glass. The reason for making a rear windshield from tempered glass is so that it shatters when it’s damaged enough, but instead of shattering into shards, it shatters into tiny pebbles to reduce injuries. Since there is a different process for making these two types of glass there is a price difference.

Rear Windshields Have a Defrost Grid

Have you always wondered what the lines in your rear windshield are for? These lines are actually a defrost grid to help melt snow and ice on your rear windshield. Because of this defrost grid taking more time and money to install, your rear windshield replacement cost is going to slightly differ from your front windshield replacement.

Understanding these differences will help avoid the shock of learning how much replacing your rear windshield will be. To schedule your appointment with AllStar Windshield Centers, contact us today at 800-900-1505, or by filling out our online contact form.

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What Should I Do About My Cracked Windshield?

You’re casually driving to work and all of a sudden a rock kicks up from the vehicle in front of you, hitting your windshield and causing it to crack. What do you do next? Do you ignore the crack? With changes in temperature, the crack will grow larger and once you mix in dirt and moisture, the crack in your windshield is going to spread further. Once they they interfere with your field of vision when driving, a cracked windshield can become extremely dangerous.

Dangers of Having a Cracked Windshield

  • Greater risk of rollover injury. Your windshield helps hold up your roof and in the case of a rollover, the roof of your car is more likely to collapse.
  • Greater risk of front-end collision danger. If you have a cracked windshield and are in a front-end collision, the windshield glass is more likely to shatter and fly around inside of the car, causing injury.
  • Ineffective windshield deployment. The windshield in a car helps push the deployed airbag towards the occupants of the vehicle and with a cracked windshield, this force is minimal, causing the windshield to ineffectively deploy.

Should I Repair or Replace the Windshield?

Chips and small cracks can often be repaired but without proper repair of any small nicks, scratches, and cracks, you ultimately might need to replace your entire windshield. Large cracks are also a safety concern so repairing your windshield as soon as possible is ideal.

 

To schedule you auto glass repair or replacement, contact our team at AllStar Windshield Centers today at (800) 900-1505.

The Importance of Advanced Drivers Assistance Systems (ADAS)

Advanced Drivers Assistance System are safety technology installed in your vehicle that work together to help reduce auto collisions and injuries.

How Do Advanced Drivers Assistance Systems Affect the Windshield?

With ADAS, front-facing cameras are typically installed on the upper, inner surface of the windshield or attached to the headliner and they must be recalibrated after a windshield replacement.  If these cameras are not calibrated properly after a windshield repair or replacement the ADAS will not work properly and will give inaccurate information to the driver.

What is ADAS Recalibraton?

After the windshield has been replaced, the ADAS cameras are reinstalled in/on the vehicle and in order for them to work properly, they need to be recalibrated.

  • Static Recalibration – A target image is mounted in front of the vehicle to assist with the recalibration process and takes roughly 45-minutes
  • Dynamic Recalibration – The vehicle is driven on a road at a specific speed to recalibrate the systems and typically takes 30-minutes to one hour.

Depending on the make and model of your vehicle, both types of recalibration might be necessary.

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5 Tips for Keeping Your Windshield in Tip Top Shape

Windshields keep drivers safe and protected from the elements, but unless your windshield malfunctions, many drivers don’t give their windshield a second thought. To keep them in working order, it’s important to give them proper maintenance. To help reduce incidents with your windshield in the future, consider these tips.

1. Avoid Slamming Your Car Doors

When you slam your car doors, your car will experience severe vibrations and over time this can cause the sides of your windshield to come off their tracks. If you have any small cracks or chips in your windshield, slamming your car doors will cause them to spread.

2. Avoid Parking in Direct Sun

Strong UV Rays can negatively impact the integrity of your windshield because of the temperature difference of the inside and outside of your vehicle. When possible, park in the shade or in a parking garage to further protect your windshield.

3. Get Any Chips Fixed Quickly

Small chips in your windshield are inevitable and next time you experience one, have it repaired quickly to avoid any additional issues! The resin that is used to repair it will prevent the chip from spreading further.

4. Clean & Replace Your Windshield Wipers

Windshield wipers don’t last forever and keeping them repaired and replacing them when necessary will help avoid windshield issues. Notice small scraps from your windshield wipers? This is a sign that they need to be replaced or need to be cleaned!

5. Only Use Window Cleaner to Clean Your Windshield

There are a lot of chemicals in cleaners other than car window cleaner that can damage the tint and integrity of your car’s glass. When you are cleaning your windshield, always use a microfiber towel to avoid scratching the glass.

Spring Driving Tips

As spring rolls around, we begin to leave our winter hibernation and get out of the house more often. In the spring and summer, there are more drivers on the road than at any other time. While every season has its own unique challenges for the driver, spring typically gives drivers trouble in the form of potholes, rain, and fog. Watch out for the following while driving this spring:

  • Rain: This is the rainy season. This means that roads will often be slick and slippery. As we know, that means slower stop times for automobiles.
  • Potholes: Winter does a number on the health of our roads. Expect to encounter serious disrepair in the spring months as towns and cities work to fix potholes. Keep an eye out for potholes and cars that may be swerving ahead of you (they’re probably avoiding a pothole!).
  • Busy Roads: Not only are there more automobiles on the road, but there are also more joggers, walkers, and cyclists on the road that are enjoying the nicer weather. While the snow might be giving you some more space on the road, you are going to have to share it!
  • Fog: The spring is not only rainy, it is also commonly foggy. Vision is limited for you and other drivers in foggy conditions. Use caution!

If you experience damage to your windshield or auto glass, call AllStar Windshield Centers today to get it repaired before it causes other issues!

3 Tools to Keep in Your Car

When operating a motor vehicle, you never know when problems will arise. One minute you’re cruising along the roadway with not a care in the world, and the next minute you’re wondering how so much could have gone wrong in such a small amount of time. We’ve all been there, and will likely be there again at some point in our lifetime. However, there are some things that can keep the bad times on the side of the road at a minimum. Be sure to always keep your car stocked with these three essential tools, and you’ll be patting yourself on the back later.

 1.) Jumper Cables

Sometimes, car batteries lose their charge. So, keeping jumper cables in your car makes you a handy person, indeed. Dead batteries can present themselves at any given time, and having jumper cables at the ready makes dealing with the process so much smoother. Also, if you’re broken down on the side of the road, it’ll be easier for someone to come to your aid if you have jumper cables. Not only that, but it’ll be easier for you to help someone else too.

2.) Flashlight

A lot of cellphones come with built in flashlights these days. But, there are times when you experience car trouble at night AND your phone is dead. Yes, life can be that cruel. However, if you keep a compact flashlight in your glove compartment, you’ll be able to shine some light on the problem. Whether it be a flat tire or a debit card lost between the seats, a flashlight is essential for nighttime car issues.

3.) Multi-Tool

While it would be amazing to have a tool box handy at all times, the reality of such is not realistic. Therefore, it is much simpler to keep a multi-tool in your car. These tools come fit with pliers, wire cutters, screwdrivers, knives, and scissors. In short, a multi-tool provides you with several options to get the job done, and provides you with plenty of tools to help tackle plenty of car problems!

Not every tool fits every problematic situation you’ll encounter while operating a motor vehicle. However, these three tools are car staples that any responsible driver should have located within their cars. Find a convenient place to store each within your vehicle, and you just might thank yourself for it when trouble presents itself.

How do you tell if you should change your windshield wipers?

It’s raining out, the weather called for clear skies but instead its raining heavily, and visibility on the road is terrible. The only thing that is keeping the rain off your windshield are the windshield wipers, unfortunately the wiper blades are not doing a great job, leaving unsightly streaks of water across your windshield making road visibility just as worse as it was originally. What should you do?

It is important to periodically change your windshield wipers as part of your car maintenance routine. The rule of thumb is that windshield wipers should be changed every six months to one year of use. The reason for the replacement is due to the rubber and plastic material that the wiper blades consist of which deteriorates after taking much damage during the hot summer months, and the freezing winter conditions. Replacing the wiper blades is a fast and easy adjustment that can make driving in hazardous conditions safer.

Here are some signs that will indicate to you whether or not you need to change your windshield wipers.

  • While it is raining, your wipers are leaving large steaks of water across your windshield. This is due to the wipers not creating a complete seal with the windshield because of the rubber being damaged or warped.
  • A chattering or stuttering sound is being made as it travels across your windshield. This is due to the wipers breaking down and not creating a complete seal with the windshield.
  • The rubber of the windshield wiper peeling away from the wiper arm due to the rubber deteriorating over time. A slapping sound may occur when your turn on your wipers.

Replacing your windshield wipers is a critical maintenance step that should not be over looked. Replacing the wipers can take less than 15 minutes to install and is an important investment for driver vision and passenger safety.

Get Rid Of Your Squeaky Window

The majority of people who own a vehicle will begin to notice that their auto glass is squeaking when being rolled up or down after some time of wear and tear. Lubricant, applied initially by the manufacturer at the time of the windows creation, has slowly but surely faded away which is usually always the cause. Before they notice that the fix is a fast and cheap solution that requires simply getting your own lubricant to put on the auto glass as well as a rag or roll of paper towels the fact that this is most likely bound to happen to all vehicles can be disheartening to many.

Although obtaining a lubricant may be a simple task, you don’t want to allow dirt and dust to be captured by the use of any petroleum-based or oily lubricant as it can develop into a problem as time goes by. The fact that it is okay to be used on the numerous materials located within the car door is why spray silicone grease, and other dry lubricants, are often what is recommended when trying to lubricate your squeaky window.

3 steps to Fix your Squeaky Window

Before spraying your moly lubricant inside the rubber seal roll down all of your automobile’s windows are far as they will go. Starting on the top of the window frame before moving down, be sure to do this on both sides of the window frame. As long as it is thoroughly placed down the windows vertical all the way down into the bottom corner it is okay if any extra lubricant slides down into the seal.

After a few minutes, roll up your window, preferably whichever one was completed first. You should hear you sound lessen or damping with each interval as you continue to move the window up and down. Continue to do the same to each window you are treating, after doing this to the first window, until you have addressed each that needs attention.

It may be smart to spray the lubricant into the window as you did before but this time with the window all the way up If you find that after taking these steps the squeaking has not ceased to continue,. This will make it so that there will be an optimal amount of lubricant placed strategically to have the most impact when the window goes down.