In the Las Vegas and Henderson areas, the seal on your automobile’s windshield is just as important as the windshield itself; in fact one is quite useless without the other. A faulty seal can result in untold damage to your vehicle or, at best, be quite annoying. Unfortunately, this is a part of our autos that is all-too-often ignored – at least until it becomes painfully obvious that there’s an issue. At Clear Quality Auto Glass we know how important the integrity of your windshield is, so we want to share these steps for inspecting your windshield seal to determine its viability before it turns into a major problem.
In no particular order:
- Be observant – when parked in the sun after rain or a car wash do you notice any fog developing on the windows? If so, run your water hose directly over the windshield while watching from the inside. If you do see water droplets on the inside of the windshield, then the seal is faulty and needs replaced.
- Listen – if you are hearing wind noise while driving then there’s a good chance that the seal is faulty. If you suspect a leak simply turn off the radio and A/C and listen to your car while going down the highway and if you hear any whistling or air blowing, you know you have a problem.
- Inspect other areas – check for the faint white residue of mineral deposits or stains on the dashboard from evaporated water. Look for rust behind the main column of the dashboard, underneath the carpeting, and along the inside bottom of the door panels. Rust requires moisture and any sign of it on the interior of your vehicle is a sure sign that there is a leak somewhere.
- Examine the seal itself – whenever you fill up, take a couple of minutes to give the windshield a once over. Look for ‘dry-rot’ on the seal or deep red spots on the edge of the glass indicating that rust is forming within the groove.
- Take a whiff – Your carpet and padding can easily conceal moisture and result in unpleasant mildew and mold. A musty smell is a definite indicator that you’ve sprung a leak and mildew that is limited to the front passenger area and floorboard is a good indicator that the windshield seal is the culprit.
- Soap that windshield – using a wash mitt, lather a good amount of soap suds all around the edges of the glass. Close all doors and windows, turn your defrost on high, and stand outside. If you see bubbles forming along the seal, it’s a clear sign that the seal needs replaced.
The simple steps above can help you quickly determine whether the seal on your windshield needs replaced or if there’s a possible issue elsewhere. Remember, a faulty seal can result in expensive damages and repairs and even result in serious injury in the event of an accident. Give us a call and ensure that it is replaced by professionals that care about your vehicle as much as you do.