How To Repair a Leaking Windshield

You are on the road under heavy rains. Your visibility is poor so you drive very carefully. You get wet and your clean carpet is soaked. To your horror, you find out that the windshield is leaking. The problem now is that you cannot hurry to get home and fix your windshield because of poor road visibility. To make matters worse, the small leak a few weeks ago is now bigger. You forgot all about this because you only encounter this problem when it rains.

Exposure to heat and sunlight causes the seal of a windshield to crack, especially when you park outside. The change in temperature from midnight mist to day heat can aggravate the situation. Thus, when it rains, your windshield leaks. It is also possibility of a noise at high speed.

For the best possible repair of windshield leaks, seek the help of an expert. However, this will set you back by at least a hundred dollars. If you want cheap repairs, here are a few tips.

Find where the leak is. Most of the time, the leak is not exactly where it drips. You may find the problem area a few inches away. To efficiently locate the source of leaks, you can divide the windshield into sections using a marker like a masking tape. Using a sponge, carefully apply water to the first section, and observe if it makes its way inside the car. Mark that section and then move on to the next one.

Whenever you do repairs, clean off the affected area. A clean windshield surface will ensure that the sealant to be applied will effectively cover the leak. When you also clean the windshield, you might discover other areas to be sealed that you are not aware off. Thus, you can seal these off to prepare you for the next time you drive in the rain. Use specialized products available in auto shops for cleaning, or paint thinner if you are short of budget. Clean the entire chrome area around the windshield using a clean cloth.

Arm yourself with a sealant. If you think you are almost a pro for finding and repairing the leak, and if you feel you are fit for the job, then go ahead and arm yourself with a sealant. You can find specialized sealants for the specific make of a car. Just shop around the auto shops near you. Apply enough sealant on the affected area, making sure it is applied evenly. Remove excess sealant in the area of application and let it dry overnight. Usually, the sealant has specific directions for applications so it is best to follow this also.

When the sealant is hard and dry, it is time to test if the sealant works. Do our little water-sponge activity above to test the success of your repair. After that, you can subject your car to water and see the results. If the windshield is still leaking, then do the steps above all over again.

If all else fails, consult the expert. You may be wasting your time and you may not realize that the problem is actually bigger than you.


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