Crack in the Windscreen

Submitted: Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 12:16
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Hi All

We are now counting down till friday 24th to leave for our SD trip. Everything going well except for the stone chip (and lots of rain) i received coming back from the high country 2 weekes ago. Now the chip has grown and is still stretching.
1. Is it worth changing the windscreen before my trip??
2. Is the w/screen safe to take another impact if another rock or something hits it??

I was holding off till after the trip, but wanted a few opinions. Should i replace this windscreen now??

ps. I lost my fav pair of sunnies around the high country on my last trip, black Serengetis, good luck to anyone who finds them, pretty much brand new..

thanks

Crazie
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Reply By: Member - Geoff M (Newcastle) - Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 12:24

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 12:24
Have the windscreen repaired. They drill the crack to stop it spreading further.
Then fill with some epxoy shiite.

Works well, lot cheaper than a new screen if it's not in the drivers eye line.

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Follow Up By: Member - Crazie (VIC) - Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 08:59

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 08:59
Cheers Geoff
Had it done on my partol, this one will need a new one unfortunately

Crazie
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Reply By: mac1 - Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 12:25

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 12:25
Take it to Novis? or O'Brians windscreen repairers if its only a chip they can do almost invisible repairs. I think they can do cracks to, depends on size etc.
We recieved a big chip on the grr right in front of pasenger and it is only noticable because we know its there (after repair). the fresher they are the better aparantly.

Cheers Mac
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Follow Up By: Member - Crazie (VIC) - Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 09:00

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 09:00
Chip has nw spread to full blown crack hahaha, will get a new one soon

ta

Crazie
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Reply By: Member - iMusty (VIC) - Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 12:27

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 12:27
You "know" to replace it before you go Adam.

'National Windscreens' or Eric will know someone.

I think you just needed to mourn your sunnies a bit longer LOL.

Serengetis. $$ how much?
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Reply By: Member - Crazie (VIC) - Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 12:33

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 12:33
Small clarification

The crack goes 3 ways. It is on the passenger side, goes up, to the left and stretches to the rear vision mirror at this stage.
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Follow Up By: Member - iMusty (VIC) - Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 12:41

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 12:41
Cracks HAPPEN.

You "know" to pay to get it fixed.

Don't be a tight arse. It just seems exy now.

You will enjoy your next trip more if you fix it now, won't you?

If it was a nail in your spare you'd have it repaired.

This it part the fun. : - )

Open your wallet...
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Follow Up By: Member - iMusty (VIC) - Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 12:45

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 12:45
BTW. How'd you go with the Blade?
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Follow Up By: Member - Smocky (NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 16:30

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 16:30
I agree Adam, get it fixed. If it reaches the rear vision mirror it's no longer a stone chip.

Replace the window and keep looking forward to your trip.

Cheers,

Jason.
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Reply By: Glenn (VIC) - Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 12:55

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 12:55
Adam,

Having seen the size of your crack....I means cracks...I mean windscreen cracks, I would advise a replacement...did you check whether you were covered by your insurance? What about household insurance, for when a friend of yours brought around his nearly 8 year old son who threw a stone at your windscreen when the vehicle was parked in your driveway?

Cheers

Glenn
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Follow Up By: Member - Crazie (VIC) - Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 09:01

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 09:01
Not covered by insurance and dont feel right about blaming your son hahahaha whats a crack or 2 between mates hahaha
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Follow Up By: Glenn (VIC) - Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 10:03

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 10:03
Depends on the crack or cracks you are talking about mate...hahahaha
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Reply By: BenSpoon - Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 12:57

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 12:57
If you do go tight-arse and decide to not have it repaired, bung some clear tape over the crack to stop water getting in and freezing and growing the crack further. I've had mates cars that keep copping rocks with decent cracks in the screens, and they hold up, but are you keen for a game of chance with others on board?

Ever tried to drive over 60km/h with no windscreen? bugs dont taste half as good as they are made out to, not to mention when it rains- its like someone nailing you with pea shooters.
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Follow Up By: Member - Crazie (VIC) - Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 09:11

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 09:11
Nah, not a tgiht arse, thanks for the tip on the tape. Own a motorbike, and am used to the bugs and do not like the pea shooting rain..
crazie
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Reply By: Member - Davoe (Widgiemooltha) - Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 12:59

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 12:59
chances are you will crack your new windscreen on the trip sp leave it for now. Next time duck into novus and get some of their temp repair patches you stick these over the bullet holes and they prevent spreading. about 4 years ago proper repairs for bullet holes was 5o bucks so it only takes a few to make it more economical buying a newie. also they only repair on certain parts of the windscreen (ie not straight in front of the driver)
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Follow Up By: Member - Crazie (VIC) - Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 08:57

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 08:57
Yeh Davoe
They were my thoughts to, if i put a new one in, it is almost certain to get hit. I think i will wait.
cheers
Crazie
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Reply By: Member - iMusty (VIC) - Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 13:03

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 13:03
National Windscreens Moorabin

(03) 9532 5353

$195 fitted.
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Follow Up By: Member - Davoe (Widgiemooltha) - Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 13:17

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 13:17
brings me to another pont - if you lock your keys in your car which is the best windscreen to smash side??????? no way you can easily be up for a small fortune as they are often only supplied by the factory (no demand) on the other hand 195 fitted couls easily be 25 percent of the cost of a side window
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Follow Up By: Member - iMusty (VIC) - Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 14:34

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 14:34
Well I'd hate to drive out of the mountains WITHOUT a windscreen, so I gusee it's have to be the rear window. Mind you, a side window can be bought second hand cheaply.
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Reply By: Member - Luxoluk - Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 13:24

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 13:24
Hi Crazie
At about $200 for replacement there is little benefit in spending $50-$75 for temporary repairs. Some of those dunes are sure to accentuate the crack and cause you another set of worries. They are still printing it so why not spend it!!
Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 14:05

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 14:05
G'day Luxoluk,

Just another thought though, remember someone telling me that the guys that do the repairs are not necessarily careful and he incured some paint damage under the rubbers that turned to nasty rust - he was advocating a repair wherever possible.

Kind regards
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Follow Up By: Member - Davoe (Widgiemooltha) - Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 14:21

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 14:21
Nuh those repairs definitly do work. My old camper used to get series body flex as it had no actual roof. You could get your fingures caught in the gaps of the doors as they flexed open and close and that was just on my way to the pub!!!! after 4 years that repaired bullet hole stayed put
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Follow Up By: Member - Crazie (VIC) - Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 08:58

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 08:58
Hi Lux
Its passed the point of repairs, would have to be a new screen anyway. Will look into it when i get back
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Reply By: Member - iMusty (VIC) - Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 18:45

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 18:45
210 views for a crack in a windscreen
WOW !!!
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Reply By: Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 19:27

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 19:27
Hi Ads,

hmmm...I can understand how your crack could warrant sooo many views, though, having said that I've not actually seen the said crack; , I know you're not the kind of guy to worry about the cost of something, and I'm sure you're probably thinking, "why change it when I might get another crack in the next few weeks" so I guess if it's not too bad, take a chance, though I'd be finding out if you get a windscreen in your insurance policy.

bad luck about the Serengetis, I'm sure some knob out there is wearing them...hahhahaha..
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Follow Up By: Member - Crazie (VIC) - Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 09:29

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 09:29
Mrs Al
Well my crack is worth the view, especially with the amount of discussion about it...remind me to show it to you one day, that way you can your own views to this post hahaha.
Most correct about my thoughts on changing it, not worried about the cost at all, just the logic in spending it twice.
not sure about the serengetis, prob hob knobbing it...
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Reply By: North Coast Bob - Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 20:21

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 20:21
Hi Crazie,
I have been told that if the crack is 7cm long then the screen must be replaced by law - obviously unsafe, especially if it continues to grow.
I'd get it replaced and enjpy your trip.

Cheers,

Bob
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Follow Up By: Member - Crazie (VIC) - Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 09:31

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 09:31
Hi Bob

Thanks, i think it will continue to grow....
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Reply By: Bros - Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 20:35

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 20:35
G'day Adam,
Cracked the w'screen in the HJ75 4 years ago coming back from Booroloola. Since then been to the tip (the cape) once, Bathurst Bay three times and just arrived home from outback Qld trip (boulia-Bedourie-Birdsville and received a few more chips) and the old screen is still there with the crack no longer than at first. (about 18 inches in middle of screen)
Too lousy and not enough time in the day to do these things.
As someone said you will have someone else to think of as well, so fix it and don't be lousy like me.
Cheers,
Bros.
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Follow Up By: Member - Crazie (VIC) - Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 09:32

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 09:32
Hi Bros

How are you mate, time is a factor and spending twice is a factor. Am getting a few quotes today

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