Ticket and traffic law myths circulate around like the plague. One person says that it’s absolutely appropriate to do something on the road and the other person takes it for a fact and spreads the news to other drivers, and so on and so forth. Now, there are lots of myths that people have grown up believing are facts, and we are here to shed light on the reality behind those myths. Continue reading
Car windshields and windows are costly when they are damaged, so the best way to avoid damaging them is by taking extra good care of them. Obviously, washing your windshield is a start; however, there is so much more to protecting auto glass Fresno if you want to keep them in the best shape possible. So here are 5 things you need to do: Continue reading
A car windshield repair is an important service. After all, you are putting your car’s safety and yours on the line. Driving with a damaged windshield is dangerous. So, it is crucial you choose the best auto glass repair shop to repair your windshield. This ensures you stay safe and your car gets back into shape. Below are several reasons why you should choose 7 Star Auto Glass Fresno.
At 7 Star Auto Glass Fresno, we have the most affordable prices you will ever find. In fact, we will beat any price out there. At our car windshield repair shop, you will get the best services around for a fair, unbeatable price. We always make sure that our car glass repair prices are less than other auto glass shops.
We Use Only Original Parts
At 7 Star Auto Glass Fresno, when we replace your old, damaged windshield or window with a new one, we always guarantee it is an original part. At the same time, we carry a large inventory of glass to complete each of our customer’s needs. This guarantees that you only receive high-quality car glass parts that are sturdy and can last a long time.
You Receive a Lifetime Warranty with Us
When you get your car glass replaced at 7 Star Auto Glass Fresno, you receive a lifetime warranty on labor and manufacturer defects. If for any reason our windshield replacement service does not meet your expectations, we will fix it on us (except for chip repairs). If you do not like the job or repair we do on your windshield, we will work on it again. We want you to have a wonderful experience. We would never let you go home with a bad car windshield repair or replacement. We will always be sure to get everything repaired just the way that it should be done. 100% satisfaction guaranteed is our promise to you.
We Can Come to You
Another wonderful feature of 7 Star Auto Glass Fresno is the mobile repair service. This service lets you call us any time you have a windshield or window damage. Then, we will come to you to do the car windshield repair at no additional costs. For instance, if your auto glass is damaged in a major way that puts you at risk on the road, you can call us and we will drive straight to you. We will not charge you extra. This service is complimentary to make sure that you stay safe while receiving the best auto glass repair service in a timely manner.
7 Star Auto Glass Fresno is simply the superior car windshield repair shop to go to. The high-quality services, their affordability, and the guaranteed satisfaction makes us the most trustworthy shop out there. Call us today to get a quote estimate!
A chipped windshield can cause the integrity of your windshield to be in question putting yourself and your passengers in danger.
We understand that safety is the most important thing. We all rely on our cars to transport us and our loved ones on a daily basis. Taking this into account we strive to provide the highest quality windshield repair and replacement services available. Our main goal is to get you and your vehicle back on the road safely and quickly.
Why Repair a Windshield?
If a stone chips your windshield and the damage is smaller than an inch in diameter and not in the driver’s line of vision, we can repair it to prevent the crack from spreading. If you catch it early, an auto glass repair could be all you need and repair is a fraction of the cost of replacement. A chipped windshield could be dangerous and almost all chips will spread eventually.
When Considering Windshield Repair:
Windshield Repairs are quick and affordable and can sometimes be covered by your insurance provider at little or no cost to you. Many insurance companies waive deductibles up to $500 if you repair rather than replace. Let one of our insurance billing specialists help you determine your coverage.
Small nicks or chips can turn into a large crack requiring a full windshield replacement. The sooner you have a repair done the better.
If you are unsatisfied with your windshield repair or the repaired area ever spreads, the cost of the repair will be credited toward the cost of a brand new windshield installation as long as we performed the windshield replacement.
A chip in your windshield can cause the integrity of your windshield to be in question putting yourself and your passengers in danger.
When you call us, we will dispatch a certified technician to remedy the issue quickly and professionally. We can dispatch a technician to your location of choice or have you come in to one of our service centers and have you back on the road in no time.
Replacing Your Windshield
When a windshield can’t be repaired the only alternative is to replace the cracked windshield with a new one. When we replace your windshield, our Certified Technicians follow certain safety standards to make sure your vehicle is as safe as when it left the factory.
The certified technician will explain in detail the service being performed. He will remove your rearview mirror as well as other attachments to the glass like your EZ PASS, State inspection sticker (if applicable), parking sticker from work or school or other stickers like oil change details.
Completely and safely remove the old windshield and the old adhesive. It is critical that the old adhesive be removed and new sealant used to install your new windshield.
After the replacement is completed, the technician will reattach rearview mirror, inspection sticker or any other items that were previously removed, when possible.
The technician will inform you of the Safe Drive Away Time (SDAT) and other precautions to take with your new windshield. This is an important step that makes sure the adhesive has set fully and your vehicle is safe to drive.
The world is constantly changing with advanced technology. Auto windshield future may be changing also.
There are two types of glass in your automobile – laminated glass (mostly used for windshields) and tempered glass (mostly used for side glass).
Laminated Glass vs. Tempered Glass
Laminated glass is basically a glass sandwich. It is made of two or more plies of glass with a vinyl interlayer between (sandwiched, if you will, as in a car’s windshield). The glass will tend to stay together and case one in is broken – thus qualifying as a safety glazing material.
Tempered glass is made by heating and cooling a piece of standard glass in a tempering furnace. The glass, which must be pre-cut and edged before being put into the tempering furnace, is heated to approximately 1200°F and then cooled rapidly.
Now some companies are working to develop a chemically tempered glass much stronger than conventional automotive glass, known as soda lime glass. This glass could offer a lighter weight to windshields but with a great deal of strength.
When it comes to windshields, being stronger means being safer. The lighter weight can also help cars be more fuel efficient. Gorilla Glass was first used for smartphone screens in 2007. The Ford GT was the first to used Gorilla Glass for its windshield. Some new vehicle designs are using larger windshield, even full glass canopies. This means the glass needs to be more efficient for safety.
For now, laminated glass is the best option for windshields. It keeps passengers safer and has a sound-proofing benefit to it. Tempered glass is still a good choice for other auto glass applications. It can be broken more easily if breaking the window for exiting is needed.
As technology makes changes to auto glass, it’s important to you find an auto glass shop that keeps up with the latest for windshield repair and replacement
If you are looking for the best auto glass repair shop in Fresno to go to, then you just hit the jackpot. At Car Glass Fresno, you will discover that we are the best of the best (and yes, we like to brag about it). Our work is only of the highest quality, and our prices are stellar too. Here are the top five reasons to choose us: Continue reading
Windshield wipers are a life saver when they are in good condition. They make your view clear. When your windshield wipers get old, they can create hazardous driving conditions, like driving in the rain or at night. If the wipers cause streaks, it can block your view and make it difficult to see road signs or oncoming traffic.
How do windshield wipers scratch your windshield?
The rubber edge gets worn out or damaged leaving the metal exposed. Then the metal comes in contact with the glass. The windshield wiper blades are designed to press firmly against the glass and the movement of the blades can cause the metal to dig into the surface resulting in small indentations. The scratches and streaks will only worsen unless resolved.
What can you expect from damaged windshield wipers?
- Scratches can reflect sunlight and headlights from oncoming cars
- Blades will not wipe all the water off the blades causing limited vision
- Water streaks can cause a distraction
Can windshield scratches be removed?
Depending on the depth of the scratches, many can be polished out, however, deep scratches on the windshield may require a full windshield replacement.
Regularly checking and replacing your windshield wipers is a good practice to avoid a full windshield replacement. Replacing your wipers takes very little time.
If you do need a windshield replacement, let 7 Star Auto Glass do the job. Our certified technicians can install a new windshield on any domestic or foreign vehicle.
What could be worse than your car breaking down while you are visiting relatives during the holidays , perhaps hundreds of miles from home. Time with relatives and friends is a time for fun, not dealing with the stress of getting a car repair. To that end, please take these steps you can take to protect your vehicle, your trip and your family on holiday car trips. If you have a mechanic you usually deal with have him check/change the following or if you are DIY, you need to check these things:
- Oil and oil filter
- Air filter
- Belts and spark plugs
- Tire iron and jack are in the car along with the spare tire
- Tire treads and look for signs of strain, bulges or other damage. Check tire pressure. Don’t over inflate.
- Check that high and low beam headlights are in working order.
- Windshield wipers and wiper fluid. When the rain falls, you don’t want to discover your wipers are useless. In addition, bug hits can really mess a windshield, so you’ll need a full fluid reservoir.
- Check Coolant, Fuses and Horn.
Some additional advice:
- Begin your trip with a clean car, both inside and out. It will help for you to be organized.
- Try not to put luggage over the car. It creates air friction and slows you down – burning more gas. If it is unavoidable, cover with strong sheet and tie them very well.
- Keep a small garbage bag inside the car.
- Cover headlights and front of the car with a protective sheet to prevent bug clogs or other damage.
- Pack a fire extinguisher.
- Get a spare key for the car and keep it in your wallet or elsewhere on your person in case you lock your keys in the car.
- Fix sun protectors for side windows and front windshield.
- Stock up on CDs to cover the trip if you don’t have Sirius radio.
- Have some games planned for the younger ones.
- Bring a plastic funnel to add water or other fluids
- Bring towels for cleaning dirty windshields, spills, etc.
- Make sure your owner’s manual is handy.
- Always fill your gas tank when it is half full. Don’t wait too long. Sometimes there can be miles and miles in between rest areas or service areas.
- Be reasonable about how many miles you can cover in a day. Don’t push it, especially with young children.
- Forget about high speeds. A steady driver can book more miles and enjoy more scenery. You’ll also save on gas over the long haul.
- Leave the caffeine at home. If you get tired, pull over and rest. If it’s midway through the day, try a nap of about 30 minutes. If it’s getting dark, get a motel. It’s not worth risking your safety if your body is telling you it needs rest.
- Learn to avoid boredom. For times like this, listening to your favorite music or a book on tape can prove invaluable.
- Finally, stay away from trucks. Truck drivers dislike having anyone follow them.
With proper preparation before a trip, and a good attitude during a journey, you can make sure you not only survive a long trip – but also enjoy it.
Keep your car properly maintained for optimum performance
Environmentally Friendly Car Care according to the Car Care Council – A properly maintained vehicle can improve its efficiency, reduce emissions and save you money. Regular engine performance maintenance will help you burn less gas, pollute less, and prevent car trouble down the line. This will include checking the spark plugs, replacing the fuel and air filters, replacing ignition system and/or emission system parts if needed and ensuring the onboard computer control system is working properly.
Improve gas mileage by 4% on a proper tune-up and up to 40% when fixing a serious maintenance problem such as a faulty oxygen sensor. Worn or fouled spark plugs can cause the engine to lose power or misfire and waste fuel.
How you drive has a lot to do with fuel economy. Avoid sudden starts and stops and go the speed limit. Minimize unnecessary miles by combining errands in one trip. Drive wisely and minimize unnecessary miles by consolidating errands, getting good directions and avoiding excessive idling. Other guidelines to follow include:
- When possible, use your vehicle’s cruise control features.
- Use your air conditioning only when needed. Parking in the shade and using a reflective windshield shade can help your car stay cooler when parked, meaning it takes less to cool it off when you get back in.
- Speeding and Aggressive Driving: Most cars lose fuel efficiency over 50 miles per hour (MPH) at a rate of about $0.24 per gallon for every 5 mph over 50. Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) can also reduce gas mileage – as much as 33 percent on the highway and five percent on city streets.
Lighten the Load
Get the junk out of the trunk and the stuff out of your car, with the exception of emergency items such as a spare tire and a first-aid kit. Extra items weigh the vehicle down and cause an increase in gas usage.
Replace dirty air filters
An air filter that is clogged with dirt, dust and bugs chokes off the air and creates a “rich” mixture that causes the engine to lose power. Replacing a clogged air filter will improve your car’s performance and acceleration, but not miles per gallon. The air filter should be inspected at each oil change, and replaced annually or when restricted, torn, water or oil-soaked.
Replace spark plugs if necessary
A vehicle can have four, six or eight spark plugs, which fire as many as three million times every 1,000 miles. This results in a lot of heat, electrical, and chemical erosion. A dirty spark plug also causes misfiring, which wastes fuel.
Maintain the cooling system
A cooling system thermostat that causes the engine to run too cold will lower the fuel efficiency of a car by as much as one or two mpg. There also are improved radiator caps on the market today that allow the cooling system to operate at a higher temperature before boiling over, increasing the system’s efficiency and reducing emissions.
Proper tire pressure can improve gas mileage by 3.3 percent or 10 cents per gallon.
Tire pressure should be checked at least monthly, including the spare. Tires that are not properly inflated add rolling resistance that makes the engine work harder to move the vehicle. Remember, tires can lose pressure due to seasonal temperature changes. According to the Rubber Manufacturer’s Association, a tire can lose up to half of its inflation pressure and not appear to be flat. Optimal tire pressure for your vehicle is listed in the owner’s manual or on the car door sidewall.
Check your vehicle’s gas cap. A loose, cracked or damaged gas cap allows gas to escape from your tank as a vapor, wasting fuel and increasing vehicle emissions. It’s also wasting your gas money!
When filling up your car, remember to stop when the nozzle shuts off! Topping off the gas tank can release harmful vapors into the environment and waste money. Remember, your tank needs some extra room to allow the gasoline to expand. Some pumps engineered to protect the environment draw extra vapors back into the pump, meaning you pay for more gas than you are getting, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
The A/C system should be inspected annually, during which a technician checks pressures to test operation, refrigerant charge and outlet temperatures. Use the window to help keep the car cool.
Vehicle Fuel System
By properly maintaining your vehicle’s fuel system, such as replacing your car’s fuel filter every two years or 24,000 miles and having your fuel injectors flushed our every 30,000 miles, you will not only have a cleaner, ‘greener’ car, but you will save money at the pump.”
Vehicle Emission systems
Emission Systems control a vehicle’s emissions, exhaust and pollutants using an array of sensors, computerized engine controls and the exhaust components. Emission systems substantially reduce harmful gases such as carbon monoxide (CO), unburned hydrocarbons (HC) and oxides of nitrogen (NOx), and prevent harmful gasoline vapors from escaping at the fuel tank. Your car’s emission system keeps the engine running cleanly and efficiently in all sorts of operating conditions, and keeping it in proper working condition can save money and protect the environment. Fixing a faulty oxygen sensor can improve gas mileage by 40%!
Maintain and repair your car – this is important for you, your car and the environment.
Reference: Car Care Council
Make sure your car is in tip top shape by following these car care tips. Maintaining your car is something you should do regularly for car safety. Follow these tips: Continue reading