If your car's windshield is badly cracked, you may decide that it is time to replace it. However, since you found an old windshield at a junkyard, you have determined that you can simply fix it yourself. After all, it can't be that hard, right?
However, there are many things that can go wrong while trying to replace a windshield yourself. Below are just a couple of the reasons why you should not even attempt it.
1. Windshield May Not Be an Exact Fit
One reason you should not try to replace your car's windshield yourself, especially with one that you found at a junkyard, is that it may not be an exact fit for your vehicle. In order to fully protect you and your passengers while driving, a windshield needs to be an exact match for the space in which it will go.
If the windshield is even a little bit too small, there is a strong chance that it could fall out while you are driving. Even if you put extra sealant between the glass and the frame, the pressure of the winds going at high speeds may dislodge the glass and cause it to pop out.
If the windshield is too big, however, you may be able to force it into the space with a little bit of effort. However, even if you do not see any cracks, you may have caused unseen damage to the glass that could cause it to shatter.
2. Possibility of Causing More Damage to Your Vehicle
Another big reason you should not try to replace your own windshield is that there is a good possibility that you may cause more damage to your vehicle than just cracked glass. The windshield not only protects you from wind and objects while driving, but it also plays an integral part in your car's structural integrity.
While replacing the windshield, the hood is left unsupported unless you fully brace it. If you do not brace the hood correctly, it may bend or even collapse, which would cause you extensive repairs to have the damage fixed.
While you may believe that you are saving money by replacing your car's windshield yourself, you may end up having to spend even more to repair the damage caused by your efforts. And since you run the risk of creating safety issues while doing the job, you may inadvertently cause an accident or serious injury if the job does not hold. Instead of attempting the task yourself, contact an auto glass replacement service to discuss your options for having a professional do the job for you.