Having an auto glass replacement is kind of a big deal, so if you’ve recently replaced your vehicle’s windshield or windows, you want the installation to last, right? Unfortunately, far too many unscrupulous auto glass shops perform imprecise work using low-quality products, which results in a substandard, potentially hazardous auto glass installation. If your vehicle has recently undergone auto glass replacement, our Centennial Glass team urges you to watch for the following common issues:

Water Leaks

After you have new auto glass installed, it’s important to check for the presence of leaks. If you haven’t yet taken your vehicle for a drive on a rainy day, you can check the glass for leaks using one of the following methods:

●        Soapy Water Test. Pour soapy water along the edges of your windshield or window. Climb inside your vehicle and use an air nozzle to direct a stream of air along the edges of the glass. If the windshield leaks, the air will cause bubbles to form in the soapy water on the outside of the glass.

●        Hose Test. This is a two-person test, so if you have a friend who can help you out, ask that person to sit inside your vehicle while you grab a hose. To perform the test, spray your auto glass with a stream of water from a regular garden hose or a car wash. Ask your friend to observe whether water enters the vehicle at any point along the outer edges of the windshield or windows.

If either of these tests turns up a positive leak result, that means the technician who installed the glass did not seal the edges properly. You’ll need to take your vehicle to an auto glass repair shop to determine if the seal can be repaired.

Unusual Sounds at High Speeds

Have you suddenly noticed unusual “whooshing” noises as you drive along the freeway? If so, those sounds are a surefire indication that you’re dealing with a poor auto glass installation job. The noise can range from barely audible to unmistakably distinct, depending on the severity of the problem, so even if you can hardly hear it, it’s important to have the glass examined by a professional.

The next time you head out for a drive, try rolling up your windows and turning off all interior electronics. A quiet vehicle cabin allows you the best chance of detecting the sound and determining of your auto glass is the culprit behind it. 

Wavy or Blurry Glass

A new auto glass installation should always have a smooth, crystal-clear appearance. If your newly installed windshield or windows appear blurry, wavy, or bumpy, that’s a telltale sign the auto glass shop installed poor quality aftermarket glass. Any time you have your auto glass replaced, you should always ask whether the shop uses OEM or manufacturer-produced glass. Many unscrupulous shops opt for less expensive, low-quality products in an effort to boost their bottom lines, and unfortunately, their customers get the raw end of the deal.

Dealing With Poorly Installed Auto Glass? Contact Centennial Glass Today

At Centennial Glass, we pride ourselves on high-quality products, service, and installation, so if you’re struggling with an improperly installed windshield or window, don’t hesitate to contact our team. Our installers hold National Glass Association certification, so when you come to us, you can rest assured we’ll do the job right — the first time. If you live in the Twin Cities metro and would like to learn more about our auto glass repair and replacement services, give our team a call at 651-653-1777 or feel free to leave us a message on our contact page. For your convenience, you can also request your auto glass estimate online.