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Ask the mechanic: what to do if you chip your windscreen

A chip in your car windscreen can, unfortunately, often be the result of things beyond your control - such as driving on unsealed roads or being caught in an unexpected hailstorm. And whilst a small chip might not seem like anything to worry about, it can actually turn into a serious problem. Here we look at why you should act on a chipped windscreen, and some DIY tactics to help minimise the damage.

Windscreen chips: why are they so harmful?

Even if you experience a very minor chip to your windscreen, you’ll need to act on it as soon as possible. If not, you run the risk of dirt and debris making its way into the crack, which can make the repair job less effective. Discolouration and a clouded, dirty look around the area are some common side effects of leaving a chip too long before repairing it. Thinking about ignoring it all together? Think again. Even minor windscreen chips can grow into large cracks, especially if close to the edge. Also, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to pass an inspection with a windscreen chip that hasn't been properly repaired.

What can I do if I can’t get to a mechanic?

Whilst it's ideal to get a windscreen crack addressed immediately, we realise that this is not always possible. Sometimes we simply don’t have the time (or money) to fix a mechanical problem straight away. If you do have a crack and need to buy yourself a little bit of time, try using some clear packing tape over the area, which will help keep it clean and dry. Be wary of changing weather conditions – sudden temperature fluctuations can cause a small chip to grow into a large crack. Be extra careful when driving, to decrease the chance of debris hitting your car and worsening the situation.

Seeking the advice of a professional

Ultimately, the best thing you can do to minimise the damage of a windscreen chip is visit your local mechanic in Sydney, such as Auto Reliance Centre. Our team of trained professionals can assess and repair the damage, with minimal cost and time. Don’t let the problem grow into a total replacement job – if you act fast, you can save yourself a lot of hassle in the future.

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