A Few Reasons Why Your Windshield Wipers are Squeaking

When you drive with your music so loud it’s like you’re having a mini-concert in your car, it’s easy to miss sounds your car might be making. This is especially true when it comes to your windshield wipers. The sound usually starts off small but can grow in volume the longer the problem is left unaddressed. But, you may find yourself asking why your windshield wipers are squeaking in the first place, even if there is plenty of moisture present on your windshield. Let’s take a look at a few reasons why your windshield wipers are making funky sounds…

Poor Installation

When getting new windshield wipers installed, you stand the chance of them being implemented out of alignment. To further explain, windshield wipers should be positioned in a way where they prevent air pockets between the blades and glass. When not properly positioned, you stand a high chance of hearing a squeak every time the blades are in motion due to air getting trapped.

Dirty Glass

If you allow enough dirt to accumulate on your windshield, it can prevent your wiper blades from moving smoothly back and forth across the glass. If enough grime is left untended for too long, you risk the chance of chipping your glass due to the friction on your windshield. You should hear the noises your windshield wipers are making long before it gets to that place, however.


If you find yourself using your windshield wipers a lot, know that they can become brittle with too much use. The same applies when you use them too little, as well. Brittle blades tend to squeak, so it’s best to use your wipers appropriately. For example, if you have your windshield wipers set to the highest setting when it’s simply sprinkling out then you’re going to wear them out quickly. Use the low setting for light rain and the high setting for downpours, and you’ll find your windshield wipers will have a longer lifespan.


These are a few of the reasons why your windshield wipers might start squeaking on you. Pay attention to wiper blade health because you don’t want them conking out on you when you need them most. For all of your auto glass and auto glass accessory needs, get in touch with our team at AllStar Windshield Centers!

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.

What You Should Know About OEM & Aftermarket Windshields

Your car is a substantial investment. Even if you aren’t cruising around in the flashiest vehicle on the block, you want to make sure that you’re choosing the best products for your automobile within your price range. Therefore, one should know the difference between OEM and aftermarket windshield options. Read on to learn more!

Aftermarket Auto Glass


An aftermarket windshield, otherwise known as original equipment equivalent or OEE, is designed to fit any vehicle. These types of windshields are reverse engineered, and while they are built like regular glass and look like regular glass, the auto manufacturer’s name cannot be stamped on the windshield. When asked if you want an aftermarket product when you go in for windshield repair, you should be aware that the aftermarket product, if chosen, is not from the original auto manufacturer.


OEM Auto Glass


OEM stands for original equipment manufacturer. What you need to know is that auto manufacturers will allow other companies to construct windshields using their exact design specifications, sometimes even with the same equipment. Not everyone is allowed to do this, however, so the auto manufacturers bid out contracts to auto glass manufacturers. Those who win the bids are allowed to manufacture the windshields and use the auto company’s name and logo on them. In order to generate revenue from their own products, though, the auto manufacturer will limit contracts to auto glass manufacturers. When asked if you want OEM glass, know that the windshield you’re choosing is either from the auto manufacturer or from another company who built it exactly how the auto manufacturer would.


There aren’t many differences between OEM and aftermarket windshields, but some owners like to go with OEM replacement parts in order to keep their vehicles authentic. Also, if both windshields are equal in quality and design, you can always choose based off of which one is the most cost-effective option. Rest assured that we offer products for any budget here at AllStar Windshield Centers, and all of our auto glass is of the highest quality.

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.

Why is My Windshield Damage Visible After Being Filled

Getting any damage to your windshield, whether it be a simple crack or chip, quickly repaired is key to preventing further problems. So after you make the appointment and do the responsible thing, you might be a bit disheartened to see that the damage is still visible following the repair job. You might begin to ask yourself what the point of getting the crack mended was when you can still see it, so we’re here to provide answers to some common questions we hear from customers.

1.) Why Should I Repair My Windshield if the Damage is Still Visible?

When you repair a chip or crack in your windshield, you help prevent that damage from growing in size. However, repairing damage like this does not remove the damage from the glass. Tending to the damage keeps it from getting worse, whereas if you didn’t opt to get it fixed the crack would grow as the glass expands and contracts with outdoor temperatures. Playing music loudly and hitting pot holes does not do much for your damaged auto glass either. So, even though the repaired damage can still be visible, it’s important to get small damage filled in order to prevent an even bigger problem from happening. Repairing a crack simply requires filling the damage with material that prevents it from cracking further. It is not intended to hide the damage completely.

2.) Can I Hide a Crack?

The only way to truly do away with any subtle windshield damage is to replace the windshield entirely. It should be made known that some repairs help mask flaws better than others. A filled in chip is always likely to be less visible than a repaired star. If you take a look at your windshield, can you handle having to see visible damage that has been repaired? This is an important question to consider when deciding whether or not you should repair or replace your auto glass. If the damage is out of your general view and does not impact your ability to drive, then repair is your best bet. If you’re the kind of sort who wants there to be no flaws present on their windshield, then replacement is the way to go.

Keep an eye out for window damage when it happens. Being proactive about addressing your windshield issues only saves you money and a bigger headache. We’re here to handle all of your other auto glass concerns. We are the experts after all, so come to us with your questions!

Repairing Your Windshield Without Using Insurance

Dealing with your insurance company is always a toss-up. Either the interaction goes really well, or it ends in complete frustration. This is especially true when contacting them for windshield problems. Your damaged windshield is likely covered by your car insurance, but you might want to pay out of pocket to avoid having your monthly insurance payment go up as a result of filing a claim. Besides, paying out of pocket can help keep the price reasonable, and will likely save you money in the long term. Insurance companies tend to charge additional fees for replacing windshields. Here are some tips for replacing your windshield without having to use your insurance specifically for your windshield problem.


While you might not enjoy ruining someone else’s property, there a plenty of folks who do. While it can be incredibly aggravating to emerge from your home to find your car has been vandalized and your auto glass destroyed, it’s sometimes better to pay for the auto glass damage on your own than inform your insurance company of the incident. This way, they won’t fall under the impression that you live in an area where this type of activity is frequent.

Wear and Tear

Over time, everything tends to break down, and this certainly applies to windshields. Seeing as it protects you from road hazards while you travel speeds upwards of 70 miles per hour, your windshield will sustain its fair share of cracks and dings as time goes on. Minor damage like that can usually be repaired, and prevents you from having to pay more money for a full windshield replacement if you remedy the situation in time. Remember, that small damage on your windshield is never going to fix itself. Be proactive and get it squared away before the damage gets out of hand.

General Mishaps

Sometimes, small vehicular incidents take place. They aren’t enough to cause major damage, but the impact of such run ins can put a crack or two in your windshield. In situations like this, you’ll want to discuss repair options with a company willing to not only work with your insurance, but offer a price that fits into your maintenance budget.

If you require help with your windshield, look no further than AllStar Windshield Centers! Call us at (630) 268-9337, or fill out our online contact form!

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 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.

After You Replace Your Windshield, Recycle It!

It might not be something you think about, or even consider, but windshields can be recycled. Not only that, but the process is fairly simple too. If you’re getting a windshield replacement, ask the company performing the job if they have a recycling program. If they do, recycling the glass is as simple as handing it off to the company. If they don’t, you will have to ask for the glass after your new windshield is installed. In order to make it uncomplicated to travel with, see if your auto glass company can make it easier for you to transport the windshield. After that, you have two options. You can either take it to the recycling center of a nearby landfill, or you can utilize your local recycling bin.

Since windshields are comprised of two layers of glass, it is important to utilize recycling services so the glass doesn’t completely go to waste. Surprisingly enough, there are many uses for recycled auto glass! Fiberglass manufacturing companies utilize recycled glass from windshields very frequently. Other uses for recycled auto glass include using it to make ornate flooring, countertops, shower doors, greenhouses, and even reflective yellow paint for roadways. Auto glass companies have begun forming their own recycling programs to take advantage of the benefits of recycled auto glass. After all, the glass can be used to make more windshields!

Since glass has a variety of uses and functions, it is important for drivers to do their part and partake in recycling. Just because your old windshield was damaged does not mean it no longer has a purpose. Even if your auto glass provider doesn’t mention a recycling program, you should still ask. It is better to have your old glass utilized for some other purpose rather than have it thrown into a landfill. Recycling auto glass was incredibly difficult 20 years ago, so do your best to partake. Who knows, the next time you replace your counters they may contain bits of your old windshield!

Safety Tips on Sharing the Road for Bike Riders and Car Drivers

We have all been in a situation, regardless of being in a car or on a bike, where we felt as though there was not enough room on the road. This can lead to frustration for all parties involved, but, fortunately, there are a few ways we can go about making the road a more hospitable place for all commuters. Particularly now, when bicycling has become a major mode of transportation for urban dwellers. From 2000 to 2009, the number of bike commuters grew 70% across the entire country, and that percentage was even higher in more heavily settled areas. This comes as no surprise, as riding a bike has numerous benefits for both your health and the environment. Take a look at our tips for keeping things copacetic on the road, because you might think you’re a good driver, but you could be wrong.

Safety Tips for Bikers

  • Safety gear is a must! Okay this might be an obvious one, but many bike riders seem to forget about utilizing the correct equipment to protect themselves. At the very least, you should be wearing a helmet when you hit the road. Taillights and headlights are also recommended for cycling around sunrise, sunset, and at night. In addition to having lights on your bike, it is recommended one utilize reflective clothing when biking during times of low visibility, especially at night.
  • Obey the rules of the road. It might seem effortless to glide along the streets of a sprawling metropolis, but this does not mean the general rules of the road do not apply to bike riders. While on your bike, always stop at both red lights and stop signs, and be sure to adhere to all traffic signs. Also, a bike is considered a road vehicle just like a car is, so it is smartest to travel along the same traffic patterns as the other vehicles on the road.
  • Stay to the right! While some roadways can truly make this difficult, it is a best practice to stay on the right side of the street you are traveling on. Some streets have designated bike lanes, which makes this tip much easier to follow. However, if there is no bike lane, it is good to leave enough space for cars to pass you while sticking to the right side of the road. Be sure to leave enough space between you and any parked cars on the road too, just in case someone suddenly exits their vehicle.

Safety Tips for Drivers

  • Be Mindful of the road! This is an easy one, and a tip that applies to a variety of scenarios when operating a motor vehicle. Keep your eyes on the road, and away from your cellphone or other distractions.
  • Treat bike riders the same as cars. Even though bicyclists are not protected by the metal frame of a vehicle, it does not mean they have less of a stake on the roadway. To repeat an earlier point, bicycles are considered road vehicles just like a car, so give them appropriate space and proper right of way.
  • The 3-foot rule. Numerous states have laws in effect stating 3 feet is the minimum distance for passing bicyclists legally and safely. Keep this in mind on tight roadways. If you happen to be on a road free of nearby traffic, you can always give bicyclists more room!

Regardless of if you utilize a car or a bicycle, it is  important to respect other drivers on the road. While operating a motor vehicle, it can be easy to disregard the needs of other drivers, especially those on bicycles. Keep these tips in mind the next time you hit the street, and be sure to always consider the safety of others while traveling the road.