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Old 07-16-2001, 05:33 AM
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Anyone have any experience with repairing small (1/2 inch)crack in windshield as opposed to replacement? I am due to have such repair made later this week on 2001 S500, as I figure its worth trying it out to see if I can avoid replacing the windshield. Anything in particular to look for? TIA.
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Old 07-16-2001, 05:51 AM
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If the damage is in the Drivers line of vision, they will not repair but recommend a replacement.

Usually you can still see a distortion in the glass, but it is a huge improvement over a crack!

Permatex has a self repair kit which is about $10 in the auto stores. I am about to try this myself in the next couple of days.
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Old 07-16-2001, 04:18 PM
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I've tried the self repair kits without a decent result. And, once you've tried it, no one else can "fix" it - it's a one shot deal. I'd recommend that you spend a few $ and have a professional do it. As pointed out above, the results aren't perfect if the crack is in the driver's line of sight.
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Old 07-16-2001, 10:05 PM
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From what i know those glass repair kits are good for rock chips, and other small bullet type cracks. a 1/2 crack is too big to have patched. this is what i was told and always thought so i could be wrong.
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Old 07-16-2001, 11:19 PM
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I had this done on a 91-Corvette, and it worked very well.

I could not see the repair, after it was completed.

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Old 07-17-2001, 02:16 AM
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This is a 1/2 inch long (not wide) crack. It is in the driver's line of sight but for the $50-75 cost of the repair I am going to try it. While my insurance might cover a new windshield, I've had problems in the past (on a BMW) with improper seating of the glass and resultant wind noise, necessitating a re-install. If I can avoid those hassles, that would be great. If it doesn't work, I've lost my $50 bet and will then have the windshield replaced. Thanks for all the responses.
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Old 07-17-2001, 02:55 AM
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Windshield repair

I have had several chips and cracks repaired with about 50% success. My insurance (Farmers) will cover 100% of the repair and the glass company will waive the deductable if the crack continues from the repaired area necessitating a replacement later. So you might want to talk to your insurance agent.
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