Windshield Maintenance

The smallest air pocket or crack can expand when the season changes, due to extreme temperature fluctuations. Slamming the doors on your vehicle creates vibrations that impact your entire vehicle, and, in time, can lead to windshield damage.

Your windshield needs professional, regular cleaning

Traditionally, people prefer cleaning their cars and windshields at home, with a good-old soapy mixture and a sponge. However, experts claim that this action, repeated, may damage the protective layer the manufacturer is usually applying on all windshields. A better alternative is visiting a car wash, where the cleaning process is done by using high-pressure foam pumps and high-pressure water pumps. This will maintain your windshield squeaky clean for longer.

Small cracks and chips can ruin your windshield

Leading experts in the auto glass industry claim that cracks and chips must be managed and fixed within 30 minutes of their occurrence, in order to prevent further damage. Due to vibrations created when driving, even the smallest dents and cracks can expand to dangerous dimensions.

TIP: If you can’t reach an auto glass repair shop immediately after a crack emerges, apply a piece of transparent tape over it–only as a temorary fix.

Windshield Wiper Blades

THE THREE TYPES OF WIPER BLADES

Front wiper blades fall into three main categories – metal framed, rubber-sheathed winter, and beam (or frameless) styles. They all have pluses and minuses when it comes to keeping us safe.

Metal-framed or skeleton-type wipers have the longest history in auto wiper blades and basically excel in only one area – cost. To be fair, if you replace them as often as appropriate, about 12 to 18 months, and treat them with care during de-icing, they can do a passable job for most vehicles in most weather.

Rubber-sheath blades are simply traditional metal framed units with a thin rubber sleeve attached to their skeletons. About the only benefit this adds is the ease of removing built-up ice or snow when clearing your vehicle before the hitting the road. Moisture can still get to the skeleton’s joints, leaving them as unbending as plain metal-framed blades.

Beam blades seem to answer many of the problems of the first two with a one-piece, flexible poly-material frame. They can adapt to aggressive windshield curves and aren’t subject to pivot or joint freeze-ups. They come at a cost, often priced at twice that of metal-framed units, depending on length. While their one-piece frames can outlast skeleton style blades, their rubber inserts have about the same lifespan, about 12 to 18 months.

Remembering The Fallen

IN FLANDERS FIELDS
– by Lt Colonel John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

 

Poem written during World War 1 by Canadian physician and Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae on May 3, 1915, after presiding over the funeral of a friend and fellow soldier.

 

Halloween Driving Safety Tips

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5 ways to protect kids on Halloween

Help protect trick-or-treaters by following these driving safety tips on Halloween. Be especially careful between 4 and 8 p.m., when most severe vehicle/young pedestrian collisions happen.

 

  1. See ahead. Make sure your windshield is wiped clean, both inside and out.
  2. Drive slowly, and don’t pass stopped vehicles. The driver might be dropping off children.
  3. Park your mobile phone. Avoid distractions by waiting until you’ve stopped to call, text, or surf.
  4. Watch for children darting into the street. Kids can cross the street anywhere, especially around Halloween.
  5. Communicate with other drivers. Always use your turn signals and your hazard lights when dropping off or picking up kids.

Weatherproofing Your Windshield

weatherproof your windshield

Fall and winter weather is right around the corner. Here are a few of the ways you can protect your auto glass. However, each of these tips can go a long way in preventing damage to your windshield during winter.


Inspect your windshield for chips or cracks

Chips and cracks should be professionally repaired immediately.

Have your windshield professionally treated with a rain repellent
This will help your visibility stay high, no matter how heavy the rain or snow might get.

Install newer, stronger wiper blades
This simple step may go a long way in helping you avoid low visibility during downpours.

Use an antifrost or defogging product
If you are not familiar with how to apply these products, ask our auto glass professionals for help. Call us at 604-255-6383 today.

Driving With A Cracked Windshield

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How long can I drive with a windshield crack?

The best choice is to fix it right away. Even a small rock chip in your auto glass can start to grow as you keep on driving. Worse, if debris, heavy rain or anything else hits a crack in your windshield, it could break wide open.

How severe is the crack in your windshield?

A minor chip is not a major risk. You could probably drive for hundreds of miles without a problem. However, a large crack like a spider web must be fixed right away.

Where is the crack in your windshield?

Cracks and chips on the driver’s side should be fixed right away. A hard bump, or other factors can make a small crack much worse very quickly – and could potentially obscure a driver’s view of the road.

Repairing a cracked windshield: Sooner is better.

The longer you put it off, the more it will cost you in the long run. Getting a small crack fixed will cost far less than a full windshield replacement down the road.

Call B&D Glass at 604-255-6383 and get your glass repaired properly.

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DIY Bug Remover Tip

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Don’t forget the Coke!

Planning a cross country road trip this summer? Bugs on your windsheild?

Coke (or Pepsi) can do a quick and dirty job tearing through thick layers of insects, grime, and crap. Pour the soda on to a rag and wash your windshield then rinse with a wet cloth or your regular windshield wipers. Just be careful to avoid getting coke on your paint job. This isn’t the best solution if your car is sitting at home, but if you’re stuck on the road…this works great!

However, when it comes to stone chips on your windsheild – better call B&D Autobody and Glass –and get it fixed right!

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Foggy Headlights

clear up foggy headlights

Quick  Fix for Foggy Headlamps

You don’t need to spend a lot of your hard earned cash to clear up foggy head lamps. The cloudy yellow film you see on headlights is oxidization. and all you’ll need is a simple abrasive to clear them up.
For the plastic lens covers you will need 4 things:

  1. WATER
  2. TOOTHPASTE
  3. WIPING PAD
  4. PAPER TOWELS
  • Apply the toothpaste to the lens with paper towels, liberally
  • Now wet your pad and gently but firmly rub it onto the lens cover
  • After a minute or two, give the lens a dousing of water using a spritzer bottle and wipe clean with paper towels
  • Repeat if necessary

There you have it. A simple hack that will make your lens covers look shiny and new.

 

Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning your Mini.

Freshening the interior.

Use a vacuum to remove debris and dirt from the seats, floor mats, rugs, and trunk. A rented steam cleaner works well for deep cleaning stains, but those can get expensive. Try a household spray-on carpet cleaner first. For leather trim, use a leather cleaner. Clean the inside of windows with glass cleaner, but spray directly onto your cloth to avoid streaking.

Restoring the exterior shine.

First, move into the shade. Never wash or wax a car in direct sunlight, or if the paint is hot to the touch. Bright sun can soften the paint and make it more susceptible to scratching. And don’t use dish detergent on your car. Use a dedicated car-wash soap designed for use on automotive paint. Fill a bucket with plenty of water, and apply the suds with a clean natural sponge or a lamb’s-wool mitt.

Maintenance checks.

Spring is also a great time to check your windshield wipers for wear and tear after battling snow and ice. If they’re leaving streaks, it’s probably time for new blades. Tests have found that most blades are ready for replacement by just six months, but you can try extending their service life by wiping them with a cloth and glass cleaner before removing them.

Under the hood.

Clean engine parts with plain soap and water or with a commercial degreasing product, like Gunk. Be careful, though, not to get electrical connections wet. Be particularly attentive to keeping water away from the fuse box, cable junctions, and the large electrical connectors near the firewall.

If the battery terminals are growing white encrusted fuzz, clean the battery with a damp rag soaked with a solution of water and baking soda. Use a stiff toothbrush dipped in the baking-soda solution for the tough parts.

Giving your vehicle a good spring cleaning is a great way way to prepare yourself for those soon-to-come summer vacation trips.