Pane in my Glass
July 10, 2011 6:51 PM Subscribe
I cracked my windshield. On the inside. Two years ago. A week ago it's gotten worse. Do I need
to replace? Needlessly long DIT.
posted by carlh to Travel & Transportation (9 answers total)
A solid glass "air freshener"* hanging off my rear view mirror wanged up and cracked my windshield a few years ago after my Saturn hit a ubiquitous pothole in Buffalo after a Superbowl party. I've ignored it since then, kinda. I called a car-glass repair place and they said you can't do the simple suction-sealing-fix-thing if it's on the inside. Okay. So I've ignored it. It's been no problem since then...until now.
Recently, while I was (over)cranking my kayak down on the roof of my car, the crack spread. Just one of the "spider" veins is now out to about 12 inches. The rest of it is fine. It's in the right-middle of the windshield and so has been completely out of my field of view. It is not detectable (by way of running a fingernail over) on the outside. I don't know if that matters.
Do I need to replace the whole windshield? Can I continue to ignore it?
I've passed inspections with the previous spider-crack. What about this enlarged one?
Also, for bonus points...I'm planning on going up in to Canada in a few weeks - if I ignore it (as I'm wont to do) is there any remote chance the border guard will go "hey, we don't allow windshields like that in Canada!"...?
*For the curious, it was a ridiculous terrible smelling fake fishbowl with little plastic fish in it and blue tinted oil. Do not ever put solid dangerous items hanging off your rearview.