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My Wind Sheild just craked for no reason??
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Willy-N    Posted 06-25-2004 at 09:03:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
The Wind Sheild on my Fire Truck just cracked from top to bottom in a S-Shape for no reason?? Can the Hot sun with the windows rolled up do this? Never had one break just sitting there befor. Going to cost $325.00 to replace it today so I would sure hate to have it happen again. Only thing I can think of would be a bird flying into it but no dead ones on the ground? Any ideas why this would happen? Nothing above the truck to fall on it either. Mark H.

Russ    Posted 06-25-2004 at 21:17:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Had that happen last summer on a '85 Ford pickup. The truck was parked outside in the 90+ sun here in Louisiana with the windows rolled up. In the middle of the afternoon the back window spontaneously shattered into a thousand pieces. The fellow at the glass shop said it happens every once in a while. Had to be from the heat because the vents were open so the air pressure couldn't increase enough to do it.

Alvin NE WI    Posted 06-25-2004 at 18:23:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
I had mine crack on the station wagon one time when i bought a piece of 10 foot 2' PVC pipe and put it in the back gate and slammed it SHUT!! I sort of did talk to myself for a time or two.

toolman    Posted 06-25-2004 at 19:13:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
i had a bad habit of every year when getting firewood of throwing the firewood into the back of the truck and as soon as it was filled up i would throw one on and it would bounch through the back window, finally the insurance co. started putting in sliders , when you break that , usually you can buy one of the sliders cheaper than the dectubile

deadcarp    Posted 06-25-2004 at 15:19:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
brittle stuff like glass can crack if there's ANY burrs or flaws at an edge. You can cut 2 pieces of plexiglass, leave 1 rough and put a nice shiny radius around the other. The rough one will break like a soda cracker, you can bend the smooth one almost in half. Same is kinda true with metal - that's why they deburr and shot-peen and everything. I expect that no matter what stressed it, the flaw was already there. You know glass actually fractures above the speed of sound? The pop you hear is a shock wave.
I sure liked Australian windshields - they had a little wire bedded into the rubber goop around it, and when it needed replacing, you just hooked up jumper cables to the wire leads, let it melt the rubber some and wipe around with a putty knife, voila the whole mess will come out! Or if you're in a hurry, grab a wire with visegrips and pull.:)

buck    Posted 06-25-2004 at 14:00:28       [Reply]  [No Email]

About the same thing happened on my pickup about a month ago. Gravel hit the windshield just at the edge with just a small star at the time. Next morning the crack had moved to the center and is now moving to the right. TIP:comperhensive is the cheepest part of your insurance. You probably have it and don't realise it. Any fire tending duty yet?

Apollo    Posted 06-25-2004 at 11:49:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
You had a tiny rock chip where the crack started. The heat took over from there.

toolman    Posted 06-25-2004 at 10:58:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
it gets too hot in the truck mark, when it is that hot out i always leave the side window cracked just a bit , i had the mirror crack on the wifes new car last winter when it hit 39 below there for a bit too.

Kristys Red Barn    Posted 06-25-2004 at 09:20:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It can crack from the heat or if it's really cold. Just happens. Seems like it's when the glass gets a little older and is less resistant to temperature changes.

Willy-N    Posted 06-25-2004 at 09:34:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
It may be the original 1985 one in it. If I get another allmost 20 years use out of the new one I will be happy. Mark H.

Clod    Posted 06-25-2004 at 09:16:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
I hear that heat can do that.But you may find a better place to get winshields replaced much less expensive.A guy in the Houston area would come to the resturant and install new windshields for 100 bucks on the spot.<>>>>>>>>.Going to laundry..I put that off long enough.

Willy-N    Posted 06-25-2004 at 09:32:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
I thought the cost was more because the window is bigger and about 6 +ft off the ground. It is the Rubber Gasket type no trim to remove. They replaced one in a new car I had for 175.00 but only had to lay and glue it on to the car. They (2-person job) are driving a 30 mile round trip up here to do it. Mark H.

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