Drexel Heights Auto Glass – What Should I know?
Simply put, this is glass that you would find in an automobile. Not too many know that in Drexel Heights there are two major forms of auto glass. Each one is used on certain windows in the automobile. Both types of auto glass are more impact resistant and stronger than regular glass.
What Are the Different Kinds Of Windshield Replacement Drexel Heights Services that are Available?
Laminated safety glass-this glass is generally used on a car’s windshield. It is comprised of a couple of pieces of glass that has a slim layer of vinyl. The glass is then heated and pressed together in an autoclave, which is a type of oven. When this glass receives a tough impact it will shatter also but usually the shattered pieces will stick to the vinyl and not fall on the ground.
If the windshield just has a tiny vein or nick, the auto glass professional may be able to repair the tiny vein or nick to keep it from spreading further. The repair will generally take fewer than thirty minutes in Drexel Heights. The vein or nick is cleaned thoroughly and dried. Resin is injected and a material like Mylar is used to hold it in place. The professional cures the resin by using an ultraviolet light.
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But I Thought You Said This Windshield Was Original Equipment?
Here is a common story for a consumer. A person has a brand new or leased vehicle and a piece of glass becomes damaged. They call an auto glass company and the consumer is told OEE is an original equipment equivalent replacement piece for their vehicle. But when the auto glass technician shows up to complete the replacement, the piece of glass does not actually have the vehicle makers OEM manufacturer logo.
OEE - Parts produced for installation in the "aftermarket" by third party companies.
What Is OEM Auto Glass? (Original Equipment Manufacturer)
When a new vehicle is designed the vehicle maker can use an existing windshield part from an older model vehicle, or they can create a whole new windshield and part number. If the decision is made to create a whole new windshield the vehicle maker contracts a glass manufacturer to create the part. The glass manufacturer and vehicle maker create a unique mold and a unique molding/firing process to produce the OEM windshield (Original Equipment Manufacturer). The parts are installed when the vehicle is assembled at the vehicle makers factory.
6. Rear View Mirror Brackets And Sensors - Aftermarket windshields (OEE) use a different process to adhere the mirror brackets to the glass. I find that their quality of adhesion and location is not as accurate as OEM parts. In fact, aftermarket distributors repeatedly drip glue on the glass below the bracket which may stain the black ceramic band on the interior side of the glass. When it comes to sensor components such as a rain sensors, the problem it not as rampant. But on a BMW windshield, a mirror bracket not correctly aligned may hinder the re-installation of the mirror's plastic cover assembly which hides the sensor and bracket.
So Which Windshield Should I Choose, OEM or OEE?
The biggest impact on your decision will be budget. OEM parts are almost always higher priced. Most consumers simply choose OEE because they have no choice, everyone needs to save a few bucks. Don't be scared of choosing aftermarket glass though because safety is mostly impacted by the technician installing the windshield correctly, not the glass itself. But if you really love your vehicle and expect the best quality, you should choose OEM. And if you are leasing your vehicle, your dealer may have restrictions on what type of glass is acceptable upon returning the vehicle. You may get a fee added if you have an aftermarket glass installed. Call your dealer for more information.
Should You be Fixing Windshield Cracks?
In today's society, many people have a very hectic lifestyle between work and family that it is hard to get some things done during other people's workday. For example, if you come out to get into your car to go to work and find that you have a broken or cracked windshield but have a full day of meetings that are going to last past the time the car window repair shop is open. In most states it is illegal to drive with a cracked or broken windshield so what are you going to do. In this case, you need to find shop that offers mobile windshield replacement. Not all shops offer this service, which is where a technician comes to your place of business or residence and replaces the windshield. In addition to replacing a broken or cracked windshield, the technician can try to fix the crack with resin and smoothed out until you can no longer see the damage.
With a cracked windshield, there is a possibility of having a serious accident if the glass collapses before you can get it fixed. In many instances, your car insurance will cover mobile windshield replacement or repair without paying a deductible. Take the time when you get to your office, call a repair shop, and make an appointment to come to your place of business to take care of the problem.
To make sure that your insurance company will pay for this service you should call them before making an appointment to have your windshield fixed. It is very easy to submit a claim for this service. Once you have found out if the service is covered or not, let the insurance company know that you have windshield damage. There are usually no forms to fill out. Once this is done, you call and schedule an appointment to have this taken care of.
When you call the repair shop they will ask for the model and make of your car so they will bring the correct windshield to your place of business or residence to fix the problem. Once the technician arrives at your place of business, they will let you know they are there. After looking at the windshield, the first thing that the technician does is remove the outer lining around the windshield. Then special suction cups are attached to the windshield to lift it up and remove it. The broken windshield is put into the repair truck and a new one is put back in the same way it was removed. Once the windshield is replaced and set in place, your car is ready to drive. The process will usually take no more than fifteen to thirty minutes to complete.