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Old 06-07-2018, 11:49 PM   #1
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Windshield chip

It finally happened. I knew it would. While driving in Southern Oregon on I-5, I caught a rock and it chipped the windshield right in front of the driver's seat. It's about the size of a dime.

I called my insurance (Progressive) and the repair will be covered. BUT...

I am in Yreka CA today and tomorrow morning. Then I go to Sacramento tomorrow. The Sacramento Safelight can't see me until Monday. BUT...

I am heading for Santa Clara Saturday morning. So now I have to wait until next week to get it repaired.

I am worried about the chip becoming a crack while driving for the next few days. If it does, the repair becomes a replacement which will cost me my $1K deductible.

What I am wondering is if it would be wise to put a piece of duct tape over the chip to "stabilize" it. Do you think that is wise?
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Old 06-07-2018, 11:53 PM   #2
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Safelite gave me some round (about the size of a quarter) clear tape to put over a chip. They said to do it asap to keep dirt out of the chip and also to help keep it from spreading. Yes, put something on it asap.
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Old 06-08-2018, 01:49 AM   #3
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It finally happened. I knew it would. While driving in Southern Oregon on I-5, I caught a rock and it chipped the windshield right in front of the driver's seat. It's about the size of a dime.

I called my insurance (Progressive) and the repair will be covered. BUT...

I am in Yreka CA today and tomorrow morning. Then I go to Sacramento tomorrow. The Sacramento Safelight can't see me until Monday. BUT...

I am heading for Santa Clara Saturday morning. So now I have to wait until next week to get it repaired.

I am worried about the chip becoming a crack while driving for the next few days. If it does, the repair becomes a replacement which will cost me my $1K deductible.

What I am wondering is if it would be wise to put a piece of duct tape over the chip to "stabilize" it. Do you think that is wise?
A friend had a chip on their car windshield and went to OREILY and picked up a repair kit for under 20.00

He said it only took about 10-15 minutes to do and you couldn't even see the repair.

It has held up for seven years now. Just an idea.
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Old 06-08-2018, 02:48 AM   #4
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It finally happened. I knew it would. While driving in Southern Oregon on I-5, I caught a rock and it chipped the windshield right in front of the driver's seat. It's about the size of a dime.

I called my insurance (Progressive) and the repair will be covered. BUT...

I am in Yreka CA today and tomorrow morning. Then I go to Sacramento tomorrow. The Sacramento Safelight can't see me until Monday. BUT...

I am heading for Santa Clara Saturday morning. So now I have to wait until next week to get it repaired.

I am worried about the chip becoming a crack while driving for the next few days. If it does, the repair becomes a replacement which will cost me my $1K deductible.

What I am wondering is if it would be wise to put a piece of duct tape over the chip to "stabilize" it. Do you think that is wise?

Why would you pay if the chip becomes a crack??????


I have Progressive also. Windshield replace has a $0 deductible when comprehensive. Rock caused the chip=comprehensive. I only pay deductible for windshield if its a collision.

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Old 06-08-2018, 02:58 AM   #5
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Dime Chip

I am kind of surprised that they will repair a chip in the driver's line of vision. Our first experience on our way to Island Park, ID we were "lucky" that it was between the driver and passenger area. I think I paid about $80 in West Yellowstone to have it epoxied. So far, no spreading of problems. Didn't bother with insurance.
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Old 06-08-2018, 03:47 AM   #6
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Chip in the windshield

While working as a LEO I had to put in a 3 hr drive each way to the job. I always had a kit in the car consisting of Fix a flat, a small plug in air compressor, wiper blades a few fuses and some windshield repair ( the kind that comes in a syringe that you line up over the chip and depress into the chip. I finished off the kit with a gas can ( empty ) and power steering fluid with a funnel and I was good to go. I also carried a change of underclothing and socks for those late night OT sessions where it was to late to travel back home and returning to work the next day.
I used the chip mend a number of times and it did it's job well. Lasted until I sold the car years later.
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When i couldnt sleep at home i would go to work and get into a patrol car. Never had a problem sleeping there.
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While working as a LEO I had to put in a 3 hr drive each way to the job. I always had a kit in the car consisting of Fix a flat, a small plug in air compressor, wiper blades a few fuses and some windshield repair ( the kind that comes in a syringe that you line up over the chip and depress into the chip. I finished off the kit with a gas can ( empty ) and power steering fluid with a funnel and I was good to go. I also carried a change of underclothing and socks for those late night OT sessions where it was to late to travel back home and returning to work the next day.
I used the chip mend a number of times and it did it's job well. Lasted until I sold the car years later.
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gbrown, my thought was the same as yours. You want to protect it from dirt and moisture. Moisture and temperature change can cause the chip to progress to a large crack. I would call the place that will be doing the repair and ask them how to protect it until you can get it repaired.
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Old 06-14-2018, 07:49 PM   #9
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Safelite showed up this morning and fixed the chip. One can barely see the fix. Except for waiting almost 5 days, I'm very happy with Progressive and Safelight.

BTW - He agreed that it was a good thing to cover the chip with clear packing tape.
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