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A transparent protective shield made of glass and polymers that is mounted in front of the driver on a motor vehicle

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Why is plexiglass not used for car windows?

Back in 2014 someone broke the right side window of my VW Golf. I was in a hurry and short on cash so I "temporarily" cut a 4 or 5mm thick piece of plexiglass ($8), bent it with hot air and placed it ...
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My car has moisture on the inside of the glass but other cars do not

During winter here in Canada, my 2011 Cruze seems like it has humidity on the inside of the windshields. When I take a look at other cars besides mine, there is moisture on the exterior, not interior. ...
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How can I remove the rearview mirror button off my windshield that I just put on upside down?

How can I get a rear view mirror button off the windshield if it was put on upside down?
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Keeping windshield ice-free without heater

What options are there to keep the windshield more or less ice-free during extreme cold (-30 degrees) without using the heater of the car? We are currently on a road trip through the Baltic states ...
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Does Ford's heated windscreen/windshield normally drain excessive current?

When getting my battery tested for an issue in this post, the mechanic noted that when my Ford's "quickclear" windscreen heating element was activated and the engine running, the voltage coming from ...
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How can I achieve a streak free windshield?

I can never quite get the streak free shine on my windshield from using Windex. Is there another product that works better?
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Is it safe to drive with a crack in the windshield?

I've been told before that if you get a crack in your windshield, you should change it right away: that it is dangerous to drive around with a crack in your windshield. On the other hand, I know ...
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Frozen windshield wiper fluid on road trip

We are driving in a winter storm and our old wiper fluid is frozen. We picked up some de-icer fluid from a gas station but it has not yet unfrozen the fluid. Any suggestions for an on the road fix? ...
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What wears out windshield wipers?

If you use your windshield wipers when your windshield is mostly dry, are you damaging them at all? My understanding has been that using your wipers on a dry windshield increases the amount of ...
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What can cause excessive fog on a windshield?

Recently there has been a lot of fog on all of the windows in the car, particularly on my windshield. It's been bad enough that I've had to stop and wipe the glass off, but the fog can come back ...
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Best routine for making a frozen car driveable

With temperatures below zero it's always difficult to get going even if the engine itself starts without hiccups and I'd like to know what to do better so that I don't need to wait ten minutes before ...
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What's the quickest way to defog a windshield?

For a properly functioning auto, what's the quickest way to defog the windshield? There are lots of air control options - hot vs. cold air, exterior vs. recirculated air - but which are the most ...
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Repairing crack on edge of windshield

I was replacing my windshield wiper motor (after asking about it here) and while putting in the new windshield wiper motor, I hit it on the edge of the windshield causing a few cracks. I asked a ...
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How to fix windshield washer pump in Yaris Verso

My windshield washer pump in my Toyota Yaris Verso has stopped working. The fuse seems to be fine, so either it's due to a loose connection, or the pump is broken. What is the likely cause, and how ...
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Is it a good idea to wax my windows?

I've seen online videos of people waxing their windscreen and the result looks amazing. However, is it safe to do it? Will it have any long term side effects on the windscreen? Also, can I wax all my ...
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Is this windshield crack definitely caused by impact?

I have a windshield crack on a new vehicle that I originally thought was a stress crack, since it appears to originate at the edge and move toward the center, and I did not ever notice any impacts ...
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Re-glue rear view mirror

My rear view mirror came off today while in work. Probably due to age and scorching Texas heat. What do I need to do to glue it back on? and what kind of glue should I buy to do it with?
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Reattach Rear View Mirror (No Glue Required)

My driver side door didn't like the cold weather this season so I started using the other doors, and acrobatics, to place myself in the drivers seat. Through this process I kept hitting my head on my ...
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Troubleshoot 2002 Chevy Impala Windshield Washer Pump

When I activate the windshield mist function with wipers no washer fluid comes out. I checked the windshield washer (WSW) 25A fuse in the fuse box inside the passenger compartment on the driver side ...
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Can I use windscreen repair resin in wet weather?

I have a small pit in my windscreen, and a DIY repair kit (using UV cured resin and a syringe to make a vaccum. I'm in the UK, and its wet at the moment (but also cold, so I really want to get this ...
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Can I use a car wash to de-ice my car

Scraping my windshield every morning during winter months is a cumbersome and time-consuming task. I had the idea that I could just drive through the car wash (I have a membership) every morning to do ...
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Does putting down the visors help defogging the windshield?

My old Fiat Marea Weekend had instructions for defogging the windshield on the inside of the driver's visor: Turn the blower on max Turn the heat on max Turn the recirculation off Put down ...
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How to repair a crack that is inside a windshield

I have a 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe and during one of my trips, something struck my windshield and leave what looks like a dent and a long crack. However, when I move my hand over both the "dent" and the "...
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Windshield repair

I cracked my windshield in the very low corner on the passenger's side. The sharded area is perhaps 10 sq in at the most but then some crack extend out of it and go 6-7 in (2 or 3 of them). I ...
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Old windshield chip

Brothers car has had a windshield chip for over a year now, probably closer to a year and half. Says it hasn't grown any, so if it's existed this long then is it something to worry about still or ...
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How do I remove old stickers from my windshield?

There are some old stickers applied to my windshield and they won't peal off. How do I remove these stickers and any adhesive residuals without damaging the windshield?
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Identify this windshield sticker

I have a rental car with this tiny sticker inside. It could look like an antenna, but there is nothing connected to it. The notch is at the place where there is little crack in the glass, so I'm ...
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Windshield chip - what constitutes “edge” of windshield and can I DIY this?

I have a small chip in my windshield I got today driving home from work. It's less than the size of a dime, with a bit of surface damage and some small cracks (which appear to be subsurface? hard to ...
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Defective car or bad windshield repair?

I have a 2003 suzuki xl7. When my windshield got cracked by a stone on the highway, I had it replaced. It cracked at the corners and I got it replaced again. Same thing happened where cracks came in ...
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How does a 'very small stone' hit on the windscreen creates long cracks coming out of it?

Recently I got my windshield hit by an extremely small sized stone. Gradually that small hit created a long crack on my windshield, it's been a month and I guess the crack has stopped with the ...
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Difference between OEM windshield and aftermarket?

Is there a difference between OEM windshield and aftermarket one? I saw online that there may be differences in glass retention rates during a crash, and Optical characteristics differences between ...
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Given my bad shoulder, what can I use to clean the inside of my windshield?

Does anyone have an idea of how to wash the inside of the windshield with something with a handle or equivalent? I'm an older lady, with a bad shoulder, and can't seem to be able to reach my whole ...
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How can I tell whether the windshield and side windows are UV protecting?

How can I tell whether the windshield and side windows of a car are UV protecting? I know I could use a portable UV radiometer/sensor, assuming I can place the car under the sun. What are other ...
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What is the button beside the VDC control on a 2001 Subaru Legacy VDC model

There is a button that looks like a demister on the dash beside the VDC button that I have no idea what it does. There is already demister buttons else ware in the car so it must be something ...
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Windshield weather stripping resecure

The weather stripping on my front windshield has detached along the roof. How can I resecure this? I have called around and no one will do this repair. They do full windshield replacement instead. ...
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Reattaching windshield mount mirror - '05 VW Jetta

The glue attaching the rearview mirror failed on my Jetta and I'd like to reattach it. I purchased a package of Permatex Rearview Mirror Adhesive (81844) on the recommendation of my local NAPA store. ...
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Is there any good treatment for a speckled / pitted windshield?

My car is a 1998 Chrysler Sebring Convertible. It has the original windshield, and about 160,000 miles on it. The windscreen is covered with tiny little chips / chinks from debris hitting it for the ...
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How can I repair a rearview mirror that fell off the windshield and took the glass with it?

Normally, if a rearview mirror falls off the windshield, it's simply a matter of buying a $5 adhesive at the auto parts store and calling it a day. Yesterday I hopped into my 2001 A4 (a secondary car ...
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What's in my windshield and how can I remove it?

The glass in my windshield has these stains that can only be seen at night, either when there's light shining and/or it's raining. I bought three products at pepboys that are supposed to clean glass/...
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2005 Suzuki Reno S wipers and fluid

I recently filled up my windshield washer fluid and was wondering two things. How do I operate my rear wiper? Is there a separate reservoir for fluid for the washer fluid for the rear windows or ...
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Programmatically defrost car windows?

It would be most convenient to find a way to defrost car windows programmically (using a timer and switch). Remote starts don't seem to have the functionality to programmatically schedule a start ...
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Windshield scratch prevention

I have a 2011 car and I have noticed that the windshield has notable scratches. There is no indoor air heater, so I have to manually remove the frost from the windshield when starting on a cold ...
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Lines on windshield in cold temperatures

Tonight I noticed thread-like lines in or on my lightly-frosted windshield in the current single-digit temperatures. They did not resemble any kind of crystalline pattern and looked more like long ...
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Re-attach rear view mirror on 2007 BMW 650i

I knocked the rear-view mirror of my 2007 BMW 650i (E63) and it came detached. I can't figure out how to get it back on. Any ideas? See pics below:
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How can I keep the windshield frame in place?

I have a 97 Accord and part of the windshield frame (or maybe it's called "rubber trim") along the passenger side has come loose, as seen in this photo: I took my car to the dealer, and they said ...
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Possible cause of sudden breakage of windsheild?

My father was driving at about 30/40 kmph with ambient temperature of about 30 degree Celsius, AC turned off, when the windshield shattered. I want to know the possible causes. I have nullified all ...
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Renault Clio II streaky / greasy windscreen

My Renault Clio II has a very streaky/greasy windscreen. It's only apparent in a couple of spots on the glass, but glares in the rain at night. I've tried everything from wipes to sprays and it just ...
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How to fix scratched glass

Recently I discovered that I have a small but a bit deep scratch on a rear door glass ( I have hatchback ). I am not sure how it happened but it is there now and it bugs me quite a bit. Can I fix it ...
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Is there any chemical to put on windshield to reduce temperature inside a car?

As I recall, I read a news 10 years ago about putting some chemical on windshield which can somehow reduce the temperature inside a car. Since I just bought my car, I want to try. Please help. ...
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Removing wiper scratches from windshield (light scratches but annoying in night with lights)

I found a similar question but it was not answered, I was traveling in night and there was some light sandstorm that made the windshield unclear I then tried using the wipers but it seems this caused ...