In some cases, it is obvious that your windshield needs to be repaired after a car crash. If it is shattered or you cannot see out of it, it needs to be replaced. But most of the time, it is not this obvious. Here are a few of the lesser known reasons why your windshield may need to be replaced following a car accident.


The Windshield Is Cracked

Typically, if you have a crack in your windshield, it can be repaired as long as it isn't longer than the size of a dollar bill and doesn't affect your line of vision while driving. However, if the crack was caused by an accident, your entire windshield should be replaced. If the impact of the crash was so severe that it caused a visible crack, there might be other stress fractures in the glass you do not see.  The glass is likely unstable and won't offer much protection if you are ever involved in a car accident again or if flying debris hits the windshield.


The Airbags Deployed

If the airbags in your car deploy due to a car accident, there is a good possibility that your windshield will need to be replaced, even if you do not see any damage to them. Airbags produce a lot of pressure when they deploy, which can push on your dashboard and in turn, into the windshield. The polyurethane seals around the windshield may be affected and may not hold the windshield in place as firmly as it should. Replacing the windshield is typically done as a preventative measure after the airbags were deployed.


The Windshield Wiggles

The last reason a windshield would need to be replaced after a car accident is because it wiggles. The impact from a car accident can stress, break or fracture the seal that holds your windshield in place. When this happens, your windshield may wiggle or shake as you drive. You may notice this more when you go over speed bumps or uneven pavements. Regardless, a windshield that wiggles is not structurally sound and can be harmful if road debris hits it or you are in another accident. Replacing the windshield solves this issue.


Was your car involved in an accident? Then bring it to Suburban Auto Body in St. Paul, MN. We are a collision and auto body repair shop that specializes in getting your car back to its pre-accident state. When you need glass repairs, auto body repairs or paint work done due to an accident, we can help. Give us a call now to schedule an appointment to inspect your car and begin making the necessary repairs.