Auto Glass Basics, knowing components.

It’s easy to get confused about specific terminology in the auto glass world. With numerous types of windows all over a vehicle a little confusion is certainly understandable. Most of the varying types of window are easy to identify once an understanding of terminology has been established. And the window assembly isn’t much more difficult that that. Knowing this basic terminology can go a long way towards helping motorists get the glass services they need and the value they want.

Window Types:

As far as actual window types go there is a fair amount of information but it’s not too difficult.  Everyone knows the windshield is the large piece of glass that protects the driver from wind and road hazards. The read window is general windshield sized but may not wrap around quite as far. The front and rear door windows typically roll up and down and sit in the door with their namesake. Rear quarter windows are used in larger vehicles to give all around visibility. And vent windows are the small normally triangular pieces that help frame out many window shapes. Most vents don’t open in modern vehicles.

Window Functionality:

Tracks keep the window in its place in the door as it goes up and down. The window regulator is the device that moves the window up and down in the tracks. A handle connects to the window regulator on non powered models. In powered windows the window motor supplies power to the regulator and the power button activates the motor sending the window up and down. Lastly window molding holds the windshield in place and various adhesives can be used to keep the windshield molding in place.

Tools and Services:

Many windshield repair tools are on the market most all of them involve fusing resin and glass to repair the windshield itself. A windshield molding release tool is a knife like object used to cut the windshield molding away from the vehicle.  Some techs use a heat gun to rapidly dry the adhesives. A good pair of gloves goes a long way in the auto glass industry as well as so much glass is involved.

Knowing these industry basics can both help drivers save a few bucks as well as feeling like they understand what a technician is saying to them. Knowing what is required to fix or replace a window is the first step in knowing what auto glass services should cost. Drivers who can keep in mind the basics to windows, window functionality and the tools and services used will find auto glass mishaps far easier to navigate.