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    It happened: the dreaded windshield crack

    It's all in the title and I. Am. ANNOYED.

    I was driving home on the highway when a stupid rock was kicked up by the beaten-up Corolla in front of me and made impact right above my line of sight on the windshield. I'm now left with a star about half an inch in size.

    What are your recommendations in a situation like this? Should I get the crack filled in with some resin or just have the entire unit replaced? I'm a bit picky about having the factory seal popped...

    Hope to hear from you fellows soon.

    rulesdontapply


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    2008 Porsche Boxster S PDE2
    2012 Porsche Cayenne S


    Re: It happened: the dreaded windshield crack

    I got one too, driving back from Vegas three weeks ago.  Fortunately, it's on the passenger side, so it doesn't really bother me for now.


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    2005 997S Blk/Blk


    Re: It happened: the dreaded windshield crack

    Replace the whole thing & be done with it. Bloody annoying, but happens a lot....nothing anybody can do to prevent stuff like this


    Re: It happened: the dreaded windshield crack

     

    Fill it with resin and then decide if you still want a replacement. Smiley

     

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    2003 Cayenne Turbo


    Re: It happened: the dreaded windshield crack

    rulesdontapply:

    It's all in the title and I. Am. ANNOYED.

    I was driving home on the highway when a stupid rock was kicked up by the beaten-up Corolla in front of me and made impact right above my line of sight on the windshield. I'm now left with a star about half an inch in size.

    What are your recommendations in a situation like this? Should I get the crack filled in with some resin or just have the entire unit replaced? I'm a bit picky about having the factory seal popped...

    Hope to hear from you fellows soon.

    rulesdontapply

    In Germany (I assume in Kuwait too) we have specialized windshield glass companies who can repair such damage for little money (way below a windshield replacement cost). It depends on the damage if it is possible to repair or not. Insurance companies over here even pay for it because it saves them replacement cost. I have a small crack in my windshield too and I'll have my Porsche dealer take care of it next week. It is pretty small, not larger than a larger nail head, so it won't be a structural or even optical issue. Half an inch is quite big though but as long as it hasn't cracked or moved on...maybe it is possible to repair.

    Goog luck. Just keep in mind that if the crack is big, it can suddenly continue to crack further and if you are in bad luck, you suddenly have a huge crack "star" all over your windshield, which could be a serious safety issue.


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    RC (Germany) - Rennteam Editor Porsche Panamera Turbo S, Cayenne GTS (958), BMW X3 35d (2012), Mini Cooper S Countryman All4


    Re: It happened: the dreaded windshield crack

    Repair it!

    As long as it's not in your line of sight it can be filled.

    Then if you don't like the way it looks, replace it, but only do OEM glass, no Chinese made crap from the major windshield replacement guys.

     


    Re: It happened: the dreaded windshield crack

    stubenhocker:

    Repair it!

    As long as it's not in your line of sight it can be filled.

    Then if you don't like the way it looks, replace it, but only do OEM glass, no Chinese made crap from the major windshield replacement guys.

     

    +1,

    Also, you could replace it, then only for it to happen again straight away...


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    throt

    "I didn't do it"


    Re: It happened: the dreaded windshield crack

    I would have it replaced. No half measures.


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    "Form follows function"


    Re: It happened: the dreaded windshield crack

    I'm on my 4th windshield I believe... I lost count. My advice is to repair it and not change the widnshield.

    The reason being is beceause I choose to replace the whole windshield the first time, and it wasn't that much of a crack, just a little hole, but it annoyed me and thought that the repair would still leave a mark, and I'm a bit anal about that, just like I cannnot stand a scratch on a pair of sunglasses for example.

    Turns out that once I replaced the original factory fitted windshiled (at the Porsche dealership with original windshield not aftermarket ones), it wouldn't take long for the widnshield to crack or chip after that. They seemed much weaker that the original one and went though several widnshields in very little time with cracks, under the same driving conditions and roads.

    Seems that in the factory , its a robot that installs the windshields and the process is done more precise and reliably that how it can be done at your Porsche dealership by the mechanics, and IMHO this is what lead to the following widnshields being less resistant.

    Usually when they replaced the widnshield I would pick the car the day after so that the glue had time to dry and the windshield settle, but on the last windshioeld I decided to leave the car several days so that the windshiled settled completely in case that had an effect, and turns out that this windshiled has lasted me since. Its got small chips but no cracks, but I'm not changing it! Maybe just a coincidence but still worth mentioning.

    So I would not change it, I regret I did, but I would still repair it, if its repairable, with the resin though just in case to avoid the crack getting bigger due to changes in temperature for example (like AC on full on a hot day) and forcing you to change the whole windshield.


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    Re: It happened: the dreaded windshield crack

    that reminds me that for the multiple weekends i had a Panamera in both cases the windshields got wacked with rocks. i have never had that issue driving on the same roads with all my other P cars.

    perhaps some areodynamic issue that the Germans didn't "see"  so to speak :)


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    2012 991 C2S -PDK / 2010 997.2 turbo cab manual, sold / 2008 Cayenne GTS Manual /2008 RS 60 sold /04 C4S sold - 08 Cayenne Turbo PDCC sold


    Re: It happened: the dreaded windshield crack

    I'm on my third winshield here in Lebanon, we don't really have any road cleaning companies, so our highways end up littered with small rocks, pebbles, oher forms of trash.  It's the huge 18 wheeler trucks that do jthe most damage, kicking up all sorts of things!  We are lucky over here as insurance is relatively cheap compared to the rest of the world, so I just change my winshield on their expense.  I don't know how it works in kuwait, but I say change your winshield, its really not that bid a deal...


    Re: It happened: the dreaded windshield crack

    Moser:

    I'm on my third winshield here in Lebanon, we don't really have any road cleaning companies, so our highways end up littered with small rocks, pebbles, oher forms of trash.  It's the huge 18 wheeler trucks that do jthe most damage, kicking up all sorts of things!  We are lucky over here as insurance is relatively cheap compared to the rest of the world, so I just change my winshield on their expense.  I don't know how it works in kuwait, but I say change your winshield, its really not that bid a deal...

    This is actually the problem: It is (or can be) a big deal. If they don't use the glue properly and/or if they don't follow the glue procedures right, the windshield can cause wind noise and other funny stuff. Trust me, exchanging a windshield is not easy peasy and if things go wrong, you will suffer the consequences because it is difficult to "fix".

    Have you ever wondered why at the Porsche factories, there is a robot mounting/glueing the windshield?! Smiley No repair shop will ever achieve the same quality, so be warned.

    Repairing is safe (if they follow the guidelines) and you can always get chip damage, even one day after you get a new windshield, so you better save the exchanging process for a major damage when there are no other possibilities to repair it.


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    RC (Germany) - Rennteam Editor Porsche Panamera Turbo S, Cayenne GTS (958), BMW X3 35d (2012), Mini Cooper S Countryman All4


    Re: It happened: the dreaded windshield crack

    CPA4S:

    that reminds me that for the multiple weekends i had a Panamera in both cases the windshields got wacked with rocks. i have never had that issue driving on the same roads with all my other P cars.

    perhaps some areodynamic issue that the Germans didn't "see"  so to speak :)

    The problem are the large curved windshields. I had a damage on the Panamera loaner I had, on my current Panamera and now on my Cayenne. Only tiny little holes but apparently the size and the shape favor such damage. I could be wrong though.


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    RC (Germany) - Rennteam Editor Porsche Panamera Turbo S, Cayenne GTS (958), BMW X3 35d (2012), Mini Cooper S Countryman All4


     
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