Can hailstorms effect your cars windshield

It’s that time of year in Florida when tropical storms and afternoon showers are a common occurrence. These storms can even produce golf ball size hail.  Hail storms produce ice spheres that can cause extensive denting, especially on the hood, roof, and trunk of your vehicle.

Since the windshield is the most vulnerable part of your vehicle during a hailstorm when hail hits a windshield it can leave damage that can shatter the windshield or cracks around where the hail impacted.

After a hailstorm, Gerber Collision and Glass recommends inspecting your vehicle for damage.  Even minor chips require attention before they turn into large cracks.

With over 100 locations to serve you, and a written lifetime guarantee on all work, we are your hail damage repair specialist.

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Windshield Wiper Motor

Windshield Wiper Motor

An electric motor is what makes the wiper blades move back and forth.  This happens as soon as you turn on your windshield wipers.  The majority of cars have a single wiper motor that controls the wipers on the front of your car.  When a car has a back window wiper, it will have a separate motor. 

The front windshield wiper motor is generally located under the outside vent at the bottom of your windshield. It is what moves the linkage back and forth to the wiper transmissions.  This causes the wiper arms to move. 

The motors could fail and need to be replaced.  Gerber Collision and Glass encourage you to replace the motor to get your wipers back up and running for the rainy season.

Car Windshield Glass Repair – Does it Matter if I have Broken Glass?

You might have a lot of questions about automotive windshield glass repair that we can help you with.

  • Does it matter if I have broken glass or a chipped windshield? Yes, absolutely it does. Damaged or chipped glass can break when you hit a bump in the road, but more importantly your glass serves as an important structural purpose during an auto accident.
  • Do I have to replace my windshield? Many small rock chips and cracks can be repaired without needing to replace your windshield, saving you time and money. If your rock chip is smaller than a quarter in diameter, it may be repairable. If your windshield crack is less than 6” long (the size of a dollar bill), it may be repairable.
  • Is there a difference between my windshield and the other glass in the car? Yes there is. Windshield glass is laminated safety glass, designed to react differently in an auto accident, where the sides and rear are often tempered glass.
  • Do I have to take my car somewhere for the repair? Gerber Collision and Glass glass has locations throughout the United States or our mobile service can come to you at your home or office at no additional charge.
  • How long will the repair take?Most repairs at Gerber can be completed in 30 minutes or less. Actual time may vary depending upon climate conditions and the extent of the damag
  • How long before I can drive my car again after the repair? Generally our OEM adhesives cure within an hour. However, safe drive away times do vary depending upon climate conditions. Your Gerber technician will be able to provide you with the safe drive away time for your windshield replacement.
  • How soon can I wash my car? You want to wait at least 24 hours prior to washing your car after a windshield repair.

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What do you do if you notice a windshield crack in need of repair?

One repair that many car owners often overlooked until too late is auto glass repair.  Even the smallest windshield chip or windshield crack does not seem like it can cause harm, but debris and changing temperatures can cause auto glass chips to grow larger over time.

If you notice a crack in your windshield glass, first inspect the damage. You can do this yourself or even take your car to Gerber Collision and Glass for inspection.  Windshield damage that is limited to a minor chip, crack, or knick should be repairable. Many small rock chips and cracks can be repaired by Gerber without needing to replace your windshield, saving you time and money.Some larger or “spider-like” windshield cracks may not repairable and require windshield replacement.

While a chip in your windshield may seem insignificant, it’s important to take care of as soon as possible before they grow or in worst cases, cause a driving hazard.

If you have any questions regarding auto glass repair or auto glass replacement service, our helpful customer service representatives are available to answer your questions at 877-7gerber (877-743-7237) or online through our Contact form.

Gerber Collision and Glass is updating their website

We here at Gerber Collision and Glass are hard at work redesigning the website.  We are getting close to getting it up and online with a fresh new look!  Get ready, honk honk those car horns because it’s going to look fabulous!  We are so excited to bring this site to you.  We are equally excited to make sure all of your automobile glass needs are taken care of.  And remember, we offer mobile glass services, so we can come to you! See you soon!