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Repairing and replacing your rear windscreen

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-Looking back and going forward-

If you don’t know much about the rear windscreen in your vehicle, other than the fact that it provides visibility and protection from everyday weather conditions such as wind and rain, then you’re in luck. We’re here to tell you that it’s more than just a screen, and, if it were to get damaged, there’s a few key points to remember. When it comes to having a rear windshield repaired or replaced, it is important to know the actual process, time, causes and cost, so today we took the liberty to explain it to our readers.

So, your rear windshield is a large chunk of glass that offers vital visibility and this is probably the only similarity it shares with your front windshield. Your rear windshield is made of tempered glass, which is designed to support your vehicles structure and protect passengers within. The rear windshield was also designed to be kicked out from the inside in the case of emergencies. Rear windshields also have some features that your front windshield doesn’t have. These features include defrosting lines. They can be damaged by rocks or other small objects that fly up and chip or crack the glass, however, and vehicle accidents and car burglars can also be a cause for replacement.

Repairing or replacing process:
-The professionals will inspect the damage and determine whether it can be repaired or replaced.
-If they need to replace it, they will remove it carefully and then vacuum any glass pieces laying around.
-A new rear windshield will be installed and urethane used to secure it and allow it to dry (usually for around an hour).
-After your new rear windshield is repaired, they will insert the new wiring for your rear defrosting lines/system as well as new rear windshield wipers (if needed).
-The technician will also test the rear windshields features, whether the defrosting lines works along with the rear wipers.
-Once all is done and works as it should, they will clean the rear windshield and double check for any remaining glass pieces within the vehicle. 

It can be difficult to find an auto glass shop that is qualified to replace or repair rear windshields, so be sure to call and find an accredited one that has the know-how and the means to prove it. As for the cost of rear windshield replacement, the average cost is varies between make and model. Some insurance providers will pay or reimburse you, and other will pay a certain amount of the total, so don’t be shy to call your insurer and inquire about this.

You never know when you will be faced with the need to repair or replace your glass. If you ever do, we hope that this tip will be helpful.

Written by: Ashley Roos