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Three Signs Your Car's Windshield Has Not Been Properly Installed

If you have recently have a new windshield installed, you are going to want to spend the first few days ensuring that it has been installed correctly. The reason being that there is a chance the professionals didn't install the windshield as properly as they should have and it could compromise your ability to stay safe in your vehicle since the windshield protects you in the event of a crash. Here are three signs that your car's windshield hasn't been installed properly:

  1. Rattles: If the windshield is rattling, then it's loose, which a newly installed windshield should definitely not be doing. You might even notice that it bounces slightly when you are driving over a speed bump. Most likely, the adhesive is not holding the windshield properly, which is making it ill-fitting. The adhesive is important because it holds it in place. Chances are, you can return to the professionals to have the adhesive reinstalled to ensure that the windshield is actually being firmly held in place. 
  2. Crooked: If the windshield appears to be crooked or even wavy, then the windshield definitely isn't installed properly. This usually doesn't start to happen until a day or two after the windshield has been installed, so it's not something you will notice until the windshield has actually shifted out of place while you were driving. This is extremely dangerous because it can impair your vision of the road since the crookedness can make the road appear wavy. It's important to get this fixed right away for that reason. 
  3. Immediate Driving: Finally, if you were told you could drive your car immediately after getting the windshield replace, then it's definitely possible that it's going to shift. This is because the adhesive needs enough time to adhere to the windshield and the frame of the car. This usually takes up to eight hours, so it's important to prepare to not have your car for a good portion of the day. 

To avoid the possibility of these three signs becoming a problem, you definitely want to be sure that you are getting the windshield installed by proper auto glass repair professionals. A good first sign is that they are prepared to keep your car for the amount of time that the adhesive needs to adhere to the vehicle. Another good sign is that they use quality adhesive that has a lesser chance of losing it's hold on the windshield over time.