Your windshield was badly damaged and you needed to get a brand-new one installed. Now, the job is done, but you are concerned about making sure that this replacement will last you for a long time to come. Your windshield replacement company will likely give you a list of best practices to follow, but you'll also want to take extra-special care of your windshield during the first 48 to 72 hours after the replacement is put into place. Here are some tips to keep in mind.
Avoid Potholes and Other Bad Impacts
Your windshield replacement will be especially delicate during the first couple of days after it is installed. During this time, it is critical that you avoid potholes, slamming your car doors, or anything else that can send a massive vibration or shock running through your windshield. Alter your route if you know a specific road is sometimes troublesome, and be more conscious of what is in front of you as you drive forward. For best results, get your replacement done on a weekend and then just stay home while things settle in.
Keep Out of the Rain and the Car Wash
If you can, try to avoid getting your windshield wet during the first 72 hours. You don't want water getting into the corners where the windshield is trying to settle into place. This is also very true when it comes to washing your car. Don't put any soap or other chemicals on your windshield at all for the first few days.
Keep the Tape in Place
One thing that your replacement professional will likely do in order to help you out is to put a special kind of tape on your windshield along the corners or edges. This will help keep water or debris from getting in there and causing a problem while the windshield begins to stabilize. You should keep this tape in place for at least a couple of days, but don't use this as an excuse to avoid the two previous pieces of advice. Soap or a cleaning chemical might still be able to get past the tape and cause issues just as the glass is starting to settle.
Your windshield replacement will be at its most delicate during the first few days after installation. Do what you can to avoid driving your car if possible or at least keep it away from bad roads, car washes, and poor weather.
For more information, contact a company that offers windshield replacement services.