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Hi everyone,

I have a question. (sonata 2013)

This morning while coming to office, I heard a sound which indicated some small rock hitting the glass or glass cracking (did not see any rock). I immediately looked around and noticed a 2-3 inches long horizontal line at top right of windshield, a few inches away from edges. I have tinted windows and windshield is partly tinted using a tinted strip on top edge. Horizontal line appears to be between glass and tint strip (like some air got into it). From outside there is no crack on windshield, it is perfectly smooth.
Now it may be just a horizontal bubble of air in tint which I never noticed before. I should mention that the tinting guy did a poor job and I had started noticing air bubbles on windows within few days of getting tints (a year ago).
Morning temperature was 12 degrees Celsius which is not that cold and I was not using car heater either.

Do windshield cracks behave like this?

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Let's say, for argument's sake, it's the tint acting up. Which is a lessor cost alternative to replacing a windshield. Here's my question: Did you get a workmanship warranty on the installation? the reason I ask is that my tint guy guaranteed mine for life.
 

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No warranties that I remember. It was quite cheap and worked for a year so that's fine. I was going to replace with a better one in a month anyway.
The only problem is that if it's indeed windshield crack then I have to deal with it first before doing anything else. This involves getting police report, talking to insurance and dealer.
I guess only way to check is to remove the tint.
 

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My hunch may be wrong, but I suspect it is indeed a hairline fracture in the glass. You can measure the current length and any subsequent elongation will confirm it. In fact, I would recommend an immediate visit with a windshield specialist. A 2-3 inch crack can generally be repaired with minimal aesthetic compromise and no loss of material integrity. If you wait too long, a costly replacement will be your only option.
 

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Good point. I remember seeing a small hairline crack in a windshield on another car. About 2 weeks later, it grew from about an inch to six inches. Within several days, it had run its course and stretched all the way across the windshield. Cha-ching. "An ounce of prevention..."
 

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No warranties that I remember. It was quite cheap and worked for a year so that's fine. I was going to replace with a better one in a month anyway.
The only problem is that if it's indeed windshield crack then I have to deal with it first before doing anything else. This involves getting police report, talking to insurance and dealer.
I guess only way to check is to remove the tint.
I concur with some of the subsequent posts of measuring and keeping track if there is a change. You may want to use a crayon (if marking on the outside) or a grease pencil or wipe off marker on the inside, to visually note if there is any extension. And, yes, I think removing the tint is the first step.

As for your comment that you need a police report... as a retired State Trooper I can assure you that we would NOT take a report for this. We would be ticked off that you called us for a report. But the call to your insurance guy should be your first call after talking to the dealer to see if this would be under warranty. The tint should not adversely affect that!

Good luck!!! :mellow:
 

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As for your comment that you need a police report... as a retired State Trooper I can assure you that we would NOT take a report for this. We would be ticked off that you called us for a report. But the call to your insurance guy should be your first call ...
Hi Chief7! In this OP's case, taking an in person report would require a trip to the UAE. If it was expenses paid, it just might be worth while! :)

Just a thought that maybe procedure differs there, in this regard, too. Or, not.
 

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My several experiences with these early, small pock-marks and/or cracks is that the $50 Fix injects a liquid into an opening that fills up the crack area and is invisible.
Length of a dollar bill was the crack size-limit for my fix-er.
Walmart even has this DIY kit.

Safelite's TV ad nets life-warranty of fix.
Call them for local franchisee (877) 783 0887 AND Compare to a few local auto-glass co's quotes.

Delay too much and (often) deal with entire replacement.
 

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Police would not care if a piece broke on your car. You have no idea where it came from; no crime. If he saw someone throw something at it then it would be one thing. Doesn't even know if the noise was when the damage first occurred. Damage can happen then the temperature difference on the inside and outside I the windshield could have made a small thing grow. Considering the time that has passed, some places wouldn't even want to hear your story of an assault, less likely a crack found on the windshield.

All that said, many insurance companies will pay for glass at no cost, no insurance hit. They rather you have good glass in case of an accident it's actually a safety feature.
 

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Hi Chief7! In this OP's case, taking an in person report would require a trip to the UAE. If it was expenses paid, it just might be worth while! :)

Just a thought that maybe procedure differs there, in this regard, too. Or, not.
You know Pinkslip I'd take that trip!!! There were VERY few dispatches I hated more than the parking lot crunch where it was only going to be an exchange of driver info... that they could have done while we were en route! Good catch - I didn't look at that little piece of info! :eek:
 
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