2 Reasons Why Replacing Your Car's Windshield Is Not A DIY Project

Posted on: 31 October 2022

If your windshield was damaged recently, the cracks and/or chips may be blocking your vision, turning them into a driving hazard. Because of this, you have decided that the glass needs to be replaced.

Since the job appears to be as simple are removing the damaged glass and gluing in the new windshield, you may be thinking about attempting to do the replacement work yourself. However, there are a couple of reasons why you should forget about turning this into a do-it-yourself project, and instead, take your care to a trained professional.

1. Windshield Glass Shatters Easily When Handled Improperly 

One reason you should forget about trying to replace the windshield on your car yourself is that the glass could shatter. When the windshield is in place and properly installed, the combination of the seal and tight fit reinforces the glass.

However, once the glass is damaged or taken out of its place, it becomes quite fragile. If you do not have the right equipment to keep equal pressure on the long piece of glass either while removing the old windshield or installing the new one, it could very well shatter in your hands. A professional has access to the proper equipment to keep from damaging the glass as well as preventing serious cuts.

2. Seals Around the Glass Must Be Tight to Avoid Leakage

Another reason why replacing your car's windshield is not a DIY job is that the seals between the glass and frame must be tight and precise. These seals not only hold the windshield in place to keep it from blowing off while driving, but they also keep the water out.

If you do not have professional-grade sealant or knowledge of the proper technique to apply it as a professional has, the seal will have gaps or may not be set up properly. This will result in water leaking into your car's passenger cabin. 

Replacing your car's windshield is more complicated than it looks. If you attempt to do it yourself, you run the risk of shattering the glass by mishandling it. Also, if you do not know how to properly seal the glass in place, water will leak in and the windshield could blow off while you are driving down the road. Instead of trying to turn this job into a DIY project, contact an auto shop that offers windshield replacement services to set up an appointment to have them do the job for you.

To find out more, contact a company like Flash Auto Glass LLC.