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Cracked my windshield...

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by kidthatsirish, Jan 14, 2018.

  1. Jan 14, 2018 at 3:55 PM
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    kidthatsirish

    kidthatsirish [OP] Well-Known Member

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    So....was replacing the wiper blades on my pickup....accidentally knocked the wiper arm down onto the windshield with no blade on it....bullesyes on the windshield.

    I imagine it did not help that it's so dang cold outside.

    I really don't like having to work on cars in the cold....at least I should be able to repair it with a resin kit and it's not in my normal line of sight.
     
  2. Jan 14, 2018 at 3:57 PM
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    DAY5

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    If you have comprehensive insurance that should pay for your windshield or the repair
     
  3. Jan 14, 2018 at 4:22 PM
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    kidthatsirish

    kidthatsirish [OP] Well-Known Member

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    The 15 dollar repair kit is cheaper than my deductible
     
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  4. Jan 14, 2018 at 4:29 PM
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    Clearwater Bill

    Clearwater Bill Sometimes when I close my eyes, I can't see.

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    You mean chipped it? A crack cannot be resin repaired.
     
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  5. Jan 14, 2018 at 4:52 PM
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    kidthatsirish

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    A star, bullseye, chip...whatever you want to call it. I've repaired similar type damage before on windshields with no adverse affects.
     
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  6. Jan 14, 2018 at 4:57 PM
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    robssol

    robssol If it ain't broke, leave it the eff alone!

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    I’ve had a bullseye on my windshield for as long as I can remember. I haven’t done anything with it. I figured if it got bigger I’d get the windshield replaced. It’s on the passenger side and hasn’t changed.
     
  7. Jan 14, 2018 at 5:27 PM
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    Sad to say your repair won’t last long once it warms up. Plan on replacing your windshield in a few months. Next time when changing the wipers, put a towel or piece of cardboard down where the arm would rest. Ive done that since a few years ago I had the same thing happen to me, thankfully mine didn’t crack the windshield but it scared the shit out of me when it smacked the windshield.
     
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  8. Jan 14, 2018 at 6:09 PM
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    Why would you say it won't last long? As long as I do the repair properly with a hea t gun and ensure the glass and resin are clean I would think I wouldn't habe any issues....i never have before when I have done them.


    Is not original factory glass if there is something special about it....i one got a crack in the original to big to repair so it is an aftermarket windshield.
     
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  9. Jan 14, 2018 at 6:21 PM
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    Location of the crack plays a huge factor. In your case at the very bottom of the windshield.
     
  10. Jan 14, 2018 at 6:24 PM
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    I used the autozone repair kit on a windshield with a rock chip about 4-5” up from the base dead center. That was around five years ago now and it hasn’t spread.
     
  11. Jan 14, 2018 at 6:25 PM
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    Damn! You just invoked terror! Got a stone chip/crack their last week. Just checked & it doesn't quite match up. Looks like it's a crack anyhow.
     
  12. Jan 14, 2018 at 6:39 PM
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    Did the same thing when I lived in Alaska. USAA used Safelite and they repaired it for free. Lasted for a year+ before I got some chips and cracks in other sections of the windshield.
     
  13. Jan 14, 2018 at 9:19 PM
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    Tip: Lay a folded towel on the windshield where the wiper arm would hit if it gets away from you.
     
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  14. Jan 15, 2018 at 5:42 AM
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    I've gone through this 4 times in 10 years on the Tacoma, and several times on other vehicles. I just repaired another chip a couple of months ago and so far it is holding. Repaired chips at the bottom of the windshield, may or may not last. The failure comes on a cold morning when you run the defroster. The rapid expansion of the glass under heat is what does it in. A tiny crack will start, and then off it goes. I have literally seen a crack run all the way across my windshield in a little over 60 seconds. Other times it will move a foot at a time. Chips higher up on the windshield seem to last longer. On average, I need a new windshield every 2 years. Usually it is due to rocks thrown during the winter when the roads are graveled.
     
  15. Jan 15, 2018 at 7:49 AM
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    Most insurance companies will NOT charge you any deductible if you have your windshield repaired. Some states have no deductible on glass damage (windshield)
     
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  16. Jan 15, 2018 at 8:43 AM
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    Yep! I learned the hard way as well.
     
  17. Jan 15, 2018 at 1:10 PM
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    been there, done that, don't feel pregnant, had no idea a windshield wiper blade carriage had that type of kickback
     
  18. Jan 17, 2018 at 4:15 PM
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    I don't understand how the pregnant part happened. I am glad you didn't get pregnant from your truck. :p
     
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  20. Jan 17, 2018 at 4:31 PM
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    Just use protection when changing wiper blades.
     
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