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Old 07-10-2000, 06:51 AM   #1
Post Cracked Windshield : maybe a dumb question

I was at a stop light this weekend and noticed a mosquito on my windshield (on the inside). So naturally I squished it, I hit the windshield just hard enough to kill a mosquito (really!) and immediatly the glass fractured. I now have a break the size of a dinner plate on my windshield almost right in front of the drivers seat.

I know this sounds odd, but has anyone else had a weak windshield problem ? There are no stone chips on the glass all along the cracks so I know there was nothing there to begin with.

I remember when I was selling Mazda's that we had problems with the early MX-3's cracking windshields on the V-6 model because of the stress of the chasis flex. Does this sound like a possible problem ? Does anyone think a strut bar might help ?

Thanks for help on a really odd problem.

Oh yeah, cost of MY00 coupe front glass - $ 499.99 (Central Subaru) DAMN mosquitos.
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Old 07-10-2000, 07:11 AM   #2
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The glass seems quite weak in the Impreza. I have one smallish stone chip that hasn't spread and I've been meaning for the last 9 months to get repaired. However the whole windshield is pitted and it's very obvious when cleaning the glass. This after only 16 months and 19k miles.
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Old 07-10-2000, 07:42 AM   #3
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Your insurance should cover the new windsheild at no cost to you, and it will not raise your rates.

Note: The following is just my observation on my car, it may not reflect actual conditions on all Impreza's.

Regarding the front strut bar, I have heard a lot of talk on how it is unnecessary because of the close placement of the strut towers to the firewall. I have a Cusco front strut tower bar installed and was wondering how much it was actually doing up front so I devised a little test. The bar is brand new so there were no scratches or marks on it, knowing that there is some area for adjustment where the mount meets the bar I loosened the bolts slightly so if there was some flex the bolt would move and scratch the paint on the mount. I then attended a local autocross. When I was done with the first run I checked the bolts and what did I find? The chassis had flexed enough to leave 5-8mm scratches on either side of the mounting bolts. I then retightened the bolts to stop the flexing and continued my autocross.

In conclusion I believe that there is enough flex in the front chassis to warrant a front strut bar on any Impreza that is driven hard. If it is flexing the front strut towers that much, I'm sure it could possibly weaken/crack the windsheild.

EDIT: For spelling!

[This message has been edited by Opie (edited July 10, 2000).]
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Old 07-10-2000, 07:49 AM   #4
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I've had the windshield on my car replaced - stone chip. The replacement windshield was significantly thicker then the stock one that came out. I've no idea if this is a symptom of the problem - just an observation.
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Old 07-10-2000, 07:54 AM   #5

Opie, that's what I figured. I'm not worried about the insurance. But I was worried about chasis flex causing too much stress.

I didn't think it would flex THAT much though. Guess that's on teh "To Do" list now. Thanks.

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