Windshield identification: save time by knowing your windshield.

Windshield identification leads to knowing what features come with your windshield auto glass. Pictured is a vehicle with a rain detector system.

Windshield identification is essential to every windshield replacement. Many of the windshields installed in new model cars have various safety and ease of use features. These make the driving experience exponentially better and safer for the driver.

If your windshield needs to be repaired or replaced, it is good to know what features come with your windshield. It’s also essential that your auto glass technician knows of any and all features that come with your windshield. Let your technician know when you get your windshield replaced. They can help reconnect all of these features for you (if you have them).

So, let’s start identifying your windshield features!

Rain Sensor

This is a wiper setting that will activate wipers when the sensor detects water outside the glass.  The rain sensor detects the amount of light reflected back into it by the windshield glass. Basically, the more rain droplets that are on the windshield, the less light will reach the sensor. This triggers the mechanism that turns on the windshield wipers.

Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS)

This option alerts the driver if the vehicle drifts out of it’s respective lane. Either audibly or vibration in the steering wheel or seat.  Lane departure warning systems work by having a low-cost camera typically mounted in the windshield near the rear view mirror. It continuously detects the lane markings on the road ahead. When it senses that the vehicle is moving outside of the lanes, some react by steering away from the closest lane edge. Other versions can also actively keep the vehicle centered in the lane. This safety feature usually involve three main categories: warning, assist, and self-centering.

Forward Collision Alert

This option is usually a feature alerts the driver if they are to close to the vehicle or object in front of them.  This alert system is active when the vehicle is in the drive gear. The camera mounted in the windshield uses long, mid, and short range radar to detect objects ahead of the vehicle. Usually there is some type of warning system indicated on a heads-up display (HUD). When a vehicle is detected ahead and you are at a safe distance, often the system displays a green following icon. Otherwise, the system will display a yellow/amber icon if you are following too closely (tailgating). And when you are potentially about to crash into an object of vehicle, the system will display a flashing red icon. Oftentimes, it includes some type of haptic feedback in the driver’s seat or steering wheel.

Heated Wiper Park

A heated wiper park area is also an option on some windshields.  They are heating elements built into the glass where your wipers sit in the rest position.  This feature helps keep the wipers from icing up in winter weather.  This feature can greatly improve your windshield wiper’s ability to maintain good visibility in cold climates or inclement weather associated with snow or ice.

Windshield Identification methods

When I ask a customer if they have these features a typical response is I have no idea.  You can save yourself some time and frustration in the windshield replacement process by using one of the options below. 

In the bottom left, right or center there will be information about the windshield in very small black letters.  If the windshield has been replaced with an aftermarket windshield, it will have a series of 2 letters followed by 4 numbers.  For example, if a Honda Civic has had the windshield replaced with an AFTER MARKET windshield, it will start with a FW for Foreign Windshield followed by 4 numbers XXXX. So a foreign manufactured vehicle would read similar to this FW2405.   If the vehicle were a Ford F-150 the AFTER MARKET numbers will start with a DW for Domestic Windshield.  So it may read something like DW1668GTY.

If the windshield has never been replaced and still has the O.E.M. windshield that came from the manufacturer the numbers will be different. Regardless of the windshield type, one of the easiest ways to figure out which windshield you have is to place a piece of white or yellow paper and tape it behind the writing on the bottom of the windshield from the inside of the car.  Take a picture with your phone and text or email it to the auto glass shop.  The email for RVA Glass is rvaglassrepair@gmail.com or text 804-519-4218 with the black writing on the lower left, middle, or right side of the windshield.  

You can also send the Vehicle Identification Number but sometimes it still shows several different windshields for the same vehicle so windshield identification can be difficult with glass supplier websites.  When all else fails we call the dealership to find out what windshield options if any came on the vehicle. 

Final notes

It may seem as though the glass professional is asking you a bunch of irrelevant questions but it is to positively identify the correct windshield replacement part(s) ahead of time.  If the glass technician brings the wrong windshield it could mean a re-schedule for the customer causing a longer wait for the windshield replacement. 

By all means give us a call if you have questions.  We are happy to answer questions and educate you on how the process works. You can also get in touch with us on facebook or by filling out our contact form on this website.

Our humble business is licensed and insured. Plus, we offer a lifetime warranty against windshield leaks or defect in craftsmanship. RVA Glass would be more than happy to provide you exceptional service. 

Windshield cracks spread due to pressure from rain.

Windshield cracks spread due to pressure from rain.

Windshield cracks can spread due to warm weather and rain pressure as well as cold weather. Although it is starting to be very warm, we can still expect rain and other extreme weather to play a significant factor in damaging your windshield, especially if it already has cracks in it. If you have a small windshield chip,  the pressure from rain could send a long crack across your windshield. Before you give the opportunity for rain to further damage your windshield, contact us to repair your chip.  

Once the crack has spread out past a couple of inches, a windshield replacement will be required, costing you more money in repairs. Call RVA Glass today and schedule your windshield repair before it is too late.

Severe Weather

It is also possible that severe weather associated with the change in seasons can cause branches from trees or other debris to smash through your auto glass. Often, this type of damage must be repaired extremely quickly. At RVA Glass, we can assure fast, mobile service to anywhere in the Greater Richmond area.

Lifetime Warranty

RVA Glass backs windshield chip repairs with a lifetime warranty. Windshield replacements also carry a lifetime warranty against windshield leaks. Don’t let your insurance company direct you into using their company just so they can get a reduced rate at your expense. RVA Glass provides the same warranties as to the big brands but offers an unbeatable local service guarantee.

Quality Customer Service

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