The windshield is the primary and most significant part of four wheel assembly, as it provides prevention from the heavy blow of air while driving and better vision. It also enhances the comfort level inside the vehicle by preventing the harsh effect of climatic condition and maintaining consistent temperature through air-conditioning. Though windshields are tempered glass slabs which are very arduous and cannot be broken easily, but in case, if it gets completely shattered or even cracks appear on the surface of the windshield, it would compromise the comfort and driving experience for sure. Thus windshield replacement is a must in both of the cases to retain the charm of driving a four wheelie.
Windshield and Its Physiology
A curved glass which is usually mounted on vehicles so as to protect the driver from wind is known as the windshield. Windshield comprises of laminated glass where 2 glass sheets are fused on high temperature for better strength. It protects the debris from entering inside your vehicles. UV-B is also absorbed by the glass and thus protects the rider from its side effects.
In earlier times, ordinary glass was used for the manufacturing of windshield. It could not protect the people from serious injuries. With developing technology, laminated glass was used as the windshield. The inside layer of cellulose made it much strong so that it can withstand high impacts during accidents. These are counted as safety devices for cars just like airbags as well as seat belts. It also contributes to car rigidity. For safety, it is necessary to install it properly. Urethane which is designed for automobiles is used in the installation of the windshield. Tinted glass is being restricted in many countries for the windshield.
The thermal glass is also not used for windshield as it prevents navigation system from proper functioning. In many countries, the windshield is often known as a windscreen. Laminated glass utilized for windscreen does not break easily and even if it breaks it does not shatter in small pointed pieces like ordinary glasses. A 2.5 mm of glass having 0.38 mm of the interlayer is used for it. Usually, it has been seen that thick glasses have more strength. For aircraft front windows such glasses are mostly used where 6mm of 3 sheets are fused together.
How to Replace a Defective or Broken Windshield
The process of windshield replacement is not very much skilled oriented job and many individual also use to replace it by themselves as well. However, similar job rendered by professional may provide better installation just because of more specialized mechanical setup, used for measuring and placing windshield, more precisely. Some of the basic steps involved in windshield replacement can be enumerated as:
- If the earlier windshield is broken then firstly clear the glass pieces through heavy duty vacuum cleaner and clean it properly
- Take the measure of the windshield frame very keenly and get a one as per the measured dimension
- Simply apply the prescribed fixing agent all over the windshield holding frame area and place the glass slab evenly and politely
- Now apply the cello tape around the windshield from outer and inner part in adequate amount and remove it after10-12 hours of duration