Windshields can become damaged through any number of unfortunate circumstances. If you recently had to have your Volvo windshield replaced, how do you know if it was installed correctly? What are the signs and symptoms of an incorrectly installed Volvo windshield?
Let's take a look.
Did You Drive Right Away After Replacement?
Once you have your Volvo windshield replaced, you must receive the go-ahead from the installer before you drive your car again. In order to harden and cure correctly, it might take several hours after replacement before you can drive your car again. The glass might shift from bumps and vibration if you drive too soon and the adhesive hasn't dried yet.
Is There a Wavy Look to the Glass?
Your windshield glass, when you view your car in sunlit conditions, should appear consistent and smooth. If the glass has bumps or seems wavy, your new windshield glass could have a quality issue. If the manufacturer did not supply your installer with the glass used on your car, it could create a situation such as this.
What's That Noise?
If, at higher speeds, you notice a whooshing sound or other weird noise, the installation of your windshield may have been improperly executed. The noise could be caused by wind rushing into the crevices and cracks where incorrect installation of your windshield occurred. The worse the noise, the worse the installation. If you're not sure whether or not you hear a sound, turn everything off – the radio, the air conditioner, roll up the windows, etc. Now listen carefully.
It's Raining and You're Getting Wet!
Your new Volvo windshield should not leak. If water is seeping through around the edges of your windshield, this is not normal. Take your car through a car wash or go for a ride while it's raining to see if there is a leakage problem. This is a repair that needs to be done as soon as possible to avoid damage to other areas of your car. Ignoring this problem can lead to rust and corrosion over a period of time, but can also present an electrical problem if circuits, motors, and wiring get wet. When it comes to automobiles and electrical problems – you're talking money, money, money.
The Origin of Your Windshield Glasses in Question
Ideally, whoever replaced your Volvo windshield should have gotten the glass right from the manufacturer of your vehicle. So, Volvo. This is the only way to ensure a flawless, long-lasting repair and proper fit. If they can't prove where that glass came from, they might be cutting costs with aftermarket parts. They may even have gone to a junkyard to find your replacement windshield. This is an unacceptable practice and should be remedied immediately.
Un-reputable windshield installers that cannot offer proof of where the windshield glass came from should be reported to the Better Business Bureau. Also feel free to post unfavorable reviews online to warn others.
Your safety and your passengers’ relies heavily on your windshield glass. If you had it replaced recently and are noticing problems, this is an issue that should be checked out and repaired immediately.