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Karma's a [expletive]! Just joined the rock chip club. (windscreen)

One of the funnier moments in SCoA history is when I made a comment (years ago) about people getting rock chips in their windscreens.

It went a little something like this: "You mean to tell me that this car can take on large vehicles head on, and the windshield stays intact, yet it can't even take a little pebble at highway speed?

Well, karma got me back...good...

Last night I was passing a Ford F-150 in Bro Truck trim when I guess it decided it didn't like that...



Anyway, I'm currently looking into my insurance policy to see if it covers glass.

What should my first steps be about this???? It's about the size of a dime and is somewhat deep.
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You can call a company like Crack Attack and they will glue it to keep those rays from spreading if you do it before the temp. changes. If you wait at all, those rays will spread all the way across the glass forcing a glass replacement. The glue repair is quick, cheap, and will make it virtually un-noticeable if it is not directly in your line of sight. Some insurance will cover the super glue fix without a deductible. If they won't cover it without a deductible, it is still cheaper than the deductible for the glass change out.

IT is a cool process.... They apply a suction cup, pull a vacuum on the spot and inject an ultraviolet curing cyanoacrylate type superglue. Cure it with ultraviolet light and scrape the excess off with a razor blade and polish it smooth and clear as glass. The repair is hardly visible, and the cracks are glued together so they don't run further.
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My brother regularly purchases cars from auto auctions, and I know in the past he has had cracks repaired with some sort of clear epoxy, without replacing the glass. The last one I saw was a BMW 650i and I couldn't tell where the crack used to be after inspecting it. I'm not sure if a similar process is available for chips, but might be worth looking into.
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If its in the direct vision segment of the glass. the insurance company will replace it no questions asked... Thats what you need to "PUSH" for... (take charge of the situation)
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If it's not in the drivers field of view, it can be repair, really easy. You will see be able to see the fix.

Don't tailgate.
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...you're done...the little cracks will start to move as the temperature on the screen changes..no magic glue can hold that...

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If its in the direct vision segment of the glass. the insurance company will replace it no questions asked... Thats what you need to "PUSH" for... (take charge of the situation)
The little bugger is right above the tachometer, so I'm looking at it all the time!

So, looks like the first step should be to contact a glass repair company and have my insurance foot the bill. I'll definitely do that today as I hate looking at it and I don't want it to spread.

Thanks y'all!
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...you're done...the little cracks will start to move as the temperature on the screen changes..no magic glue can hold that...

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That's what I fear, Jet.

This baby is DEEP. Like when I rub my fingers along the inside of the window, I can feel a "bubble" where the chip is. Any faster speed (or bigger rock), I bet it would've cracked the inner layer of the window too.
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Take your fist, and hit it on the inside. Watch the chip spread.

Find out what your deductible is before doing that.
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Take your fist, and hit it on the inside. Watch the chip spread.

Find out what your deductible is before doing that.
I can't hit it without breaking the tach.
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