Understanding Auto Glass Basics

Posted by admin on Wednesday Dec 2, 2015 Under Auto Glass, Auto Glass Repair

lD3Sr9i6pCsdl5b4FclTJG55u1o-QGWTJHhAcEHb5mc  The auto glass world can sometimes get confusing. With the different types of windows all over a vehicle and the various tools and services offered, a little confusion is certainly understandable. Once you establish an understanding of the basics, most windows are easy to identify. Knowing this basic terminology can go a long way towards helping motorists get the glass services they need and the value they want. You can find a glossary of terms here to help you better define difficult concepts.

Window Types:

The large piece of glass that protects the driver from wind and road hazards is the windshield. The rear window is generally windshield-sized but may not wrap around quite as far, and is located in the back of the vehicle. The front and rear door windows typically roll up and down and sit in the door. Rear quarter windows are used in larger vehicles to give all-around visibility, and vent windows are the small, usually triangular pieces that help frame out many window shapes. Most vents don’t open in modern vehicles.

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Different type of windshields on a car.

Window Functionality:

Tracks keep the windows in their place in the door as they go up and down. The window regulator is the device that moves windows up and down in the tracks. A handle connects to the window regulator on non-powered models, and in powered windows the window motor supplies power to the regulator. The window molding holds the windshield in place and various adhesives can be used to keep the windshield molding secure.

Tools and Services:

Many windshield repair tools on the market involve fusing resin and glass to repair the windshield itself. A windshield molding release tool is a knife-like object used to cut the molding away from the vehicle. Some technicians use a heat gun to rapidly dry the adhesives. A good pair of gloves go a long way in the auto glass industry.

Understanding these industry basics can help drivers have conversations with their technician. Knowing what is required to fix or replace auto glass is the first step in knowing what these services should cost. Drivers who can keep in mind the basics to windows, window functionality and the tools and services used will find auto glass mishaps far easier to navigate.

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Typical Services by Auto Glass Specialists.

Posted by Joshua on Wednesday Dec 12, 2012 Under Auto Glass
Auto glass specialists naturally have repair and replacement work on the list of auto glass services available. Auto glass specialists tend to perform all services related to auto glass. This is true both in terms of modifications and services related to the electronic and mechanical systems related to windows.

Auto glass replacement is the hallmark of the auto glass specialty service. Windshields that are damaged beyond repair, broken windows and mirrors are all easily replaceable at an auto glass repair shop. Smaller windows, panes and vent glass on older model car are more likely to be in stock at an auto glass specialist than in a standard repair shop.

Auto glass specialists typically offer a wide range of repair services. Windshields and other laminated glass can often be repaired if the damage isn’t too severe. Additionally, most auto glass shops can easily repair window motors and other electrical components.

Many auto glass specialists provide additional services beyond repair and replacement. Warranties on the installation, glass itself and damage resulting from a faulty windshield or installation are common. These warranties can cover anything from water damage and mold to repairs or adjustments due to faulty installation. Some auto glass services will even offer drivers a ride home if an installation must be preformed in shop and will take longer than normal.

Auto glass specialty shops do quite a bit more than simply replace glass. Auto glass specialists typically can do a wide range of auto glass related repairs, including motors and mounts. Auto glass specialists often offer extra perks like rides and extended warranties.

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