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Protecting Windshield?

post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
I took my husband's brand new FJ cruiser up to Tahoe last week-end and came back with a small crack in the windshield (looks like a rock hit the windshield).:

Does anyone know of a way to protect your windshield from those kind of things? Toyota tried to sell him a "windshield protector) which goes at the front of the hood but is no where close to the windshield. Anyone have any experience with a windshield protector??
post #2 of 29
Sounds like a bug deflector, it deflects the air off your windshield, which will keep things from hitting it. It's more effective for bugs, but will keep the sand and real small rocks away as well.
post #3 of 29
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Originally Posted by Ski Spirit View Post
Does anyone know of a way to protect your windshield from those kind of things?
RENTAL vehicle.

If you're on the road, these things happen. If you don't want it to happen, stay home. Simple as that.

post #4 of 29
The deflector would save your window from a proportion of those stone chips, the proportion whose trajectory takes them through the space where the deflector would be located. Considering that most rocks get spat up from a tire on the road in front of you, it's a fairly significant proportion. It still won't help with those large stones that hit your windshield on their way down from a high trajectory.
post #5 of 29
This is a joke right. Abiker speaks the truth.
post #6 of 29
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Originally Posted by axebiker View Post
RENTAL vehicle.

If you're on the road, these things happen. If you don't want it to happen, stay home. Simple as that.

In CO I consider the over/under to be about two years. If I get more than two years out of a windshield it's a bonus. Plus after that I'm almost happy to have it break as it's mostly covered with small chips anyway making it hard to see through. Of course most of the windshields I've bought have run around $200. I was reading a long term review in a car mag of some Lexus and they broke a windshield to the tune of over $2000, twice.
post #7 of 29
Cracked windshields just mean that you drive your car in Colorado. There is nothing you can do about it besides not driving at all!
post #8 of 29
Riding someone's bumper gives them a better chance of shooting up all of that loose junk all over the roads. You could try staying farther away from the car in front of you.
post #9 of 29
Riding the bumper would stop the stones from getting through; get right up and touch bumpers . Maybe slowing down would help. Every time I've cracked a windshield it's been thrown up by a truck moving in the other direction. I can't help but wonder if the the windshield would have fared better if I had been going a little slower than 85 mph at the time.
post #10 of 29
Don't know about the deflectors, but there is a method to repair small cracks instead of replacement. See a good windshield dealer.
post #11 of 29
Slowing down and backing off may help, but you'll still get nailed from rocks being thrown from trucks in the lane next to you.:
post #12 of 29
Thread Starter 

Windshield Protection

Wow, lots of responses! Stay home? No way! Thanks for the note mkevenson, we did get it fixed and there's no sign of it that I can see?

I don't think I was tailgating and I was going with the flow of traffic (for the most part...although it was fun to be in a vehicle surveying everyone from above).

Another answer? Stop driving hubby's prized new FJ and get own Subaru Outback!
post #13 of 29
Isn't the windshield on the FJ pretty vertical like a Jeep?? That is a problem in and of itself - you don't see many Wranglers running around with intact windshields either - they're NOTORIOUS. Rocks are bad for flat glass...

It's pretty bad in MN too - they throw so much crap on the road in the winter... We use salt & sand here, but I think they pull it out the mine as a solid boulder.
post #14 of 29
Thread Starter 

Protecting Windshield

Axebiker,
Yes the FJ windshield is pretty vertical and probably more at risk. My husband took a look at the hood deflector and is thinking of getting it (you'd have to understand that my husband is very attached to his new vehicle).
As for me, I'm saving up for an Outback!!!
post #15 of 29
SUVs that are of the less swoopy variety have a propensity to have their windshields cracked. They're like rock magnets. The bug shield may help.

Stay away from trucks.
post #16 of 29
Drive in reverse!
post #17 of 29
Bug deflectors are a joke. Don't bother. I had a pretty high-profile one for a while and still broke windshields on the way to tahoe. Frankly, I kind of like breaking windshields if they aren't brand new. Usually they break after 20-50K miles and by 50K miles of driving to/from tahoe I want a new one anyway. You get a nice windshield with no little pits in it so you can see better when the sun is low.

Best protection - ask your insurance company to lower the deductible on glass. Mine is $100. In Massachusetts it is mandated at $zero - hence all the glass replacement shops there.

The other thing he might consider is the clear 3M film for the nose end of his nice new truck. That stuff works great and it nearly invisible - especially if put on by a pro. I don't have it on my SUV and so I have lots of little pits and chips in my paint (171K on my 2001 Acura MDX). I do have it on my headlamps and I've never broken a lens. Plus its still clear on the headlamps - less so on the fogs which have the lamp closer to the lens so there's a bit of crazing on those. I bought the ones for the headlamps and put them on myself. That wasn't too hard, but doing the whole front of the car would be.

For the new one, I'd get in touch with your insurance company. I bet they'll have it repaired for you and not charge you. Then next season once you've got a windshield with more pits in it, you can replace the whole thing when the next rock hits you.
post #18 of 29
Zero dollar glass deductible.

I've got a big chip right now that is probably going to crack by the end of the year. That will be windshield number 8 for my van. They are about 700 bucks these days...it is a big piece of glass.
post #19 of 29

Ski South Tahoe?

We seem to pick up way fewer windshield dings on rt 50 than I-80. Probably because you're going much slower on 50 - with the exception of the passing lanes. That said, we ski both north and south and just live with it. Do hate driving 80 though. Cheers, rickp
post #20 of 29
Thread Starter 
You Guys are amazing! I thought I would check responses but never expected this degree and some of these suggestions are truly helpful!!
THANKS!! (You know who you are!!).
post #21 of 29
The surest way to get a crack in your windshield is to finally break down and replace it with a brand new one. You can go year's without getting a new crack if you have a few chips in the old one, but as soon as you put a new one in there, WHAM!
post #22 of 29
call your insurance agent, get the glass coverage. They replace your windshield with no deductible if it cracks. Usually costs about $3/month
post #23 of 29
There is a new product for windshields called windshield skin.

Don't know how well it works, but I'll be adding it on when I replace my cracked windshield.
post #24 of 29
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Originally Posted by rick p View Post
We seem to pick up way fewer windshield dings on rt 50 than I-80. Probably because you're going much slower on 50 - with the exception of the passing lanes. That said, we ski both north and south and just live with it. Do hate driving 80 though. Cheers, rickp
That's because there aren't trucks on 50. Lots more gapers though.
post #25 of 29
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Originally Posted by Ski Spirit View Post

Another answer? Stop driving hubby's prized new FJ and get own Subaru Outback!
We have a winner!!!
post #26 of 29
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Originally Posted by DropCliffsNotBombs View Post
Cracked windshields just mean that you drive your car in Colorado. There is nothing you can do about it besides not driving at all!
get the zero dollar windshield deductible.

If we get ONE year out of a windshield we are happy. Just part of driving in the mountains!
post #27 of 29
Unfortunately, I found out the fine print in my zero deductible windshield policy covered chip repair, but not replacement, thanks to the cement truck that smashed my windshield instead of chipping it. $500 for a volvo windshield.
post #28 of 29
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Originally Posted by Harry_Morgan View Post
Unfortunately, I found out the fine print in my zero deductible windshield policy covered chip repair, but not replacement, thanks to the cement truck that smashed my windshield instead of chipping it. $500 for a volvo windshield.
Mind telling us which insurer that is? That would piss me off...
post #29 of 29
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Originally Posted by Harry_Morgan View Post
Unfortunately, I found out the fine print in my zero deductible windshield policy covered chip repair, but not replacement, thanks to the cement truck that smashed my windshield instead of chipping it. $500 for a volvo windshield.
That's F'd up. I'd be pissed. Nearly every insurance actually repairs chips for free. Its cheaper for them than paying for a replacement. Repairs work if the chip is small enough (smaller than a dime or quarter). Otherwise, forget it.
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