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Old 01-09-2007, 01:17 PM   #1
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Any of you remember me whining about how I got a huge star crack in my windshield within 3 months of owning my 05 STi? I did have it repaired the next day and put tape over it after the incident. Anyway, I heard two large thumps in my car on my drive to work. I thought, at first, something hit the top of my car, but then I noticed where the star crack had been repaired: A brand new crack. It isn't bad, though. The crack only goes as high as about 5 inches from the bottom and takes up about 60% of windshield in the middle. It is completely out of the way and I don't really see it much while driving because the hoodscoop covers that area of visibility.

So, I am trying to decide if I should replace it or say "screw it" and wait a couple of years or until worse crack happens. The practical side of me says leave it until visibilty is affected, but the part of me that loves the hell out of my car says replace it. Granted, cracks in windows seem to be a badge of honor for most cars in AK, so I wouldn't be sticking out.

If the price is right, I probably will fix it. However, if it is outrageously expensive I will definitely leave it.

What do you guys think?
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Old 01-09-2007, 01:33 PM   #2
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Well, I have an ugly crack that goes all the way across, but well below my sight line. I have had it for a couple of years, waiting to get some cracks that I have to look through. Caught a couple of big rocks this summer and I just smiled, since I'm looking for an excuse to change the windshield now.

I'd recommend you wait a while, your windshield is very likely to sustain more damage this winter. But I'm cheap, just ask my wife...
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Old 01-09-2007, 01:43 PM   #3
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wait till you see how expensive the glass is. i got mine checked on my 05 sti and it was like 800.00
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Old 01-09-2007, 01:58 PM   #4
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Crazy, I can get a brand new windshield installed for my STi from speedy for $225.00. That's at our company cost of course. Typical walk in customer might see $350.00. If Speedy can't do it for cheap then I reccomend Safe-Lite Auto Glass.

I have 3 cracks, one huge ass circle crack, about the size of a base ball in the middle and about 5 plus chips in mine. I haven't had one in a while, but the first winter was pretty bad, 2nd winter was ok, except for the baseball size crack. That came from a huge ass rock flying at me from a lifted F-250. Luckily it hit the window and not my hood. This year my two cracks connected to make one crack lol.

Bottom line is, it's Alaska and you're going to get a crack. Luckily none of these impair my vision, so I won't replace it until I feel like it. Why replace it if you're only going to get a chip or a crack the next day?

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Old 01-09-2007, 02:00 PM   #5
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If its not in front of you and out of view, i'd wait...
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Old 01-09-2007, 03:19 PM   #6
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I didn't even have my car 2 months before my glazing cracked. Hell, I didn't even have a chance to fill the spot crack before it went all the way across. Really rigid car.
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Old 01-09-2007, 03:27 PM   #7
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The moment you replace your windshield is the moment some flapless jacked up truck from the valley is going to throw a bigger rock at your car.
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Old 01-09-2007, 04:18 PM   #8
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After reading what you all pointed out, I think I am definitely going to wait. There were many good points, like it is still winter and then there is going to be spring. Spring will surely expose all the rocks embedded in ice on the roads.

Yeah, fat ass trucks without flaps is what gave me my nice shiner on the hood. I was even 3 car lengths behind him in a 35MPH zone!

So really, I am going to wait until the windshield gets really bad or impairs my vision. Currently, the visible area the crack covers is already being covered by the hoodscoop. So aside from the irritation factor and crack itself, no harm-no foul.

So I will probably replace the windshield and repaint the front of the car in about two years.

Thanks everyone for getting my practical side to win and save me money.
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Old 01-09-2007, 04:46 PM   #9
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No problem. ^^
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Old 01-10-2007, 02:18 AM   #10
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I have you all beat. 6 days after driving mine of the conti lot, got hit with a rock on the way out to the State Fair. Some dillhole pulled out in front of me, tried gunning it so I wouldnt have to slow down and got my windshield instead...speaking of which, Brian do you still have the ability to fix it
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Old 01-10-2007, 02:30 AM   #11
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i got a new windshield in july. had 2 stars (got fixed) w/in 2 wks. then a 5 or 6" crack. had that "fixed". first wave of cold weather and that "fixed" crack flew across the entire windshield in 15 mins. i watched it in HORROR!!!

next year MAYBe i'll get a new windshield, i don't know.... $215 for me installed. don't know how much it'd be for you. there was a place running a special while back, $200 or so installed. may try a search.
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Old 01-10-2007, 02:48 AM   #12
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currently at 5-6 chip repairs, most over 1 year old, and still no cracks. who's repairing your chips?

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Old 01-10-2007, 02:51 AM   #13
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Novus. but this was a good sized crack. they don't guarantee it. almost spent just as much to repair the small chips than to just replace the windshield.
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Old 01-10-2007, 03:10 AM   #14
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I thought small chips were covered by insurance.
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Old 01-10-2007, 03:13 AM   #15
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i help the glass guy set new winshields in when he comes by to install glass, and he in turn fixes my chips. speedy rules!

btw you can see a small pinhole at each patch, as i always tell him "i don't care if i can see it i just don't want it to crack". maybe this helps...?
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Old 01-10-2007, 03:15 AM   #16
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When the crack goes through the heated wiper part of the glazing, does it make the wiper heat inop?
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Old 01-10-2007, 10:56 AM   #17
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I thought small chips were covered by insurance.
they get pissy with too many windshield cracks or replacements. i used to have a $0 deduct for that, but then we claimed too many windshields and cracks (had 3 vehicles on the plan). they told us they would cancel us or we had to deal w/ a $100 deduct.
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Old 01-10-2007, 03:41 PM   #18
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When the crack goes through the heated wiper part of the glazing, does it make the wiper heat inop?
only if it cracks the grid. As long as the grid has solid contact it will continue to work.
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Old 01-10-2007, 04:32 PM   #19
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Ok. They don't seem to do much of anything for me anyhow, so I didn't know if they weren't working or just working as crappy as ever.

Thank you. ^^
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Old 01-10-2007, 04:42 PM   #20
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well the intended purpose of the heater element for the wipers it to warm up the blade and unfreeze it from the windshield. Its also suppose to keep ice and snow off the blade. However it will not keep the wiper blade assy from freezing and keeping the wipers from working properly. In this cold... it probably won't even appear to be working. At least when your driving.
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Old 01-10-2007, 05:10 PM   #21
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Yes, logically, when having any winds on you, let along 65MPH winds on your wipers, they will not thaw out, obviously.

Seems more effective at any weather just to beat the wipers than to wait for a freezing cold element to heat the wipers from behind a piece of glass.
There are things called Everblades that have the heater element right in the blade itself, but they aren't cheap.
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Old 01-10-2007, 05:33 PM   #22
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Yes, logically, when having any winds on you, let along 65MPH winds on your wipers, they will not thaw out, obviously.

Seems more effective at any weather just to beat the wipers than to wait for a freezing cold element to heat the wipers from behind a piece of glass.
There are things called Everblades that have the heater element right in the blade itself, but they aren't cheap.
I have the same problem with mine, they wont even melt snow off the wipers, from what I can tell its becuase the wipers dont go low enough down on the windshield to get over the heating elements.
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Old 01-10-2007, 05:39 PM   #23
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So is it safe to assume it is possible to change my front glass and not have the heating elements? I expect it would be cheaper.
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Old 01-10-2007, 06:47 PM   #24
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So is it safe to assume it is possible to change my front glass and not have the heating elements? I expect it would be cheaper.
I believe thats an option, but I think Phil also said you can adjust the wipers so they will come down further.
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I will stick to my way.
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