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Old 02-26-2008, 09:55 PM   #1
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Default Cracked windshield

Back in late December I was on the highway and something hit the upper part of the windshield.

Whatever it was, it left two small divits in the glass and under one of the divits, the glass had a "star" crack.

Now, last week, with the temps going between 20 and 45 degrees Fahrenheit, the star has begun to walk and now there is a crack going vertically up to the edge, and also down.

So, when I go to have it replaced I'm going to remove the following:
wiper arms, cowl cover, interior A-pillars and the leading edge at base of dash (next to windshield).

I figure that I should remove the interior parts because I know that sometimes the glazer can put on a little too much adhesive-sealer and it pushes in and gets on the trim.

Any suggestions?

I have glass coverage with no deductible so that's good.

I just have to make sure I get a factory glass.

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Old 02-26-2008, 10:04 PM   #2
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Leave everything as it is...no need for you to do any work. Leave it to the windshield installer. Also, they should replace the windshield molding with the glass.

I have never seen a windshield installed damage any of the parts you have listed, and most do not need to be removed.

And even if they do damage anything, they too, have insurance to cover it.

Depending on your insurance and who they go thru, will depend on whether or not you get factory glass. It can be ordered from a dealer, but most installers don't like waiting for glass to arrive, they like to use their own suppliers.

You can request if from your insurance company, but you might not get it.
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Old 02-27-2008, 04:04 PM   #3
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^^12345 I had to have my windshield replaced (JN Phillips) and the installer did not remove any of that stuff or get goop on any of it. Also, the OEM windshields are not that great so there's no reason to insist on an OEM replacement.
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Old 02-28-2008, 10:10 PM   #4
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Is it helpful to put a little epoxy in a divot to prevent it from opening up?
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Old 02-28-2008, 10:24 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by whtlegacy View Post
Is it helpful to put a little epoxy in a divot to prevent it from opening up?
if it hasn't run already, you can get the window repair kits at any auto place that will help. Once it has a runner started, it will eventually go until it finds an edge.

Also, as others have mentioned, subaru OEM glass is crap! aftermarket stuff easily outperforms it.
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Old 03-03-2008, 12:30 AM   #6
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Do not take anything off the car. Safelite in Hampton, VA did my windshield. Everything is good.

Who is Your insurance company? Allstate doesn't have glass policy..
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Old 03-03-2008, 09:03 AM   #7
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im in ct too .. had a similar thing happen. i think its all the garbage on our roads. also i think wrx has thinner glass than usual, right?

i went to payless autoglass, im not sure if they are down in that part of the state .. guys did a great job, no problems .. if they are near you and your insurance lets you choose who you use, see if you can get them to do it!

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Old 03-03-2008, 11:31 AM   #8
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I've had many windshields replaced. Don't do anything. The installer will take care of everything. Only thing you may need to do is provide a place that is covered if they come to do it at your place of business. If weather is fine, it won't be a problem. RP
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Old 03-03-2008, 07:48 PM   #9
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One priniciple drving practice would eliminate 99.99% of all broken and cracked windshields, DON"T FOLLOW TOO CLOSE BEHIND SEMI"S OR LARGE PICKUPS! I know it sounds simple, but be aware. When you are thinking, "I know I can get around this slow @ss truck and I'll only be behind him for one second." POW, happens every time.
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