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Four Simple Steps To Temporarily Fixing A Car Window

by Kaylee Craig

Getting a cracked or shattered car window is a common frustration in life. If the window breaks in the cold months, it can be extremely stressful to travel any distance until the window is repaired. When the entire window is gone, it can also leave your vehicle vulnerable to theft. However, replacing windows can be expensive, and not everyone has the funds immediately available for such repairs. Until you repair your car window, this tutorial will show you how to completely block the window and stop elements from getting inside the vehicle:

Materials Needed

  • Window plastic

  • Duct tape

  • Small broom or vacuum

  • Heavy duty gloves

  • Measuring tape

  • Scissors or razor

First Step

The first thing you need to do is safely remove any glass from the edges of the window and the inside of the car. Always wear heavy duty gloves when you are working with glass so you don't cut yourself. You can use the end of the small broom to knock off remaining pieces of glass until the window is cleared.

Second Step

Sweep up the glass and safely dispose of it. Use a vacuum to suck up tiny pieces of glass from the interior of the vehicle. The last thing you want is shards of glass on the seats you or your passengers will be sitting on. You may even want to use a thick seat covering if you aren't sure you can get all the glass.

Third Step

Now you are ready to place the plastic on the window. Since all front and rear window sizes vary for every vehicle, you need to measure the exact size of the window. Add three inches on each side of that measurement to give you enough overlap to work with. Mark the measurement and cut it using scissors or a razor blade.

Fourth Step

You may need someone to help you with the next step. It can be difficult to hold the plastic tightly enough and tape it down at the same time. Secure the plastic in place using the duct tape. Get it tight enough that it covers the entire window but not so tight that it tears when you tape it down. This should protect your vehicle from the elements until you can replace the window.

Considerations

Never use the plastic on the front windshield or rear windshield. That is extremely dangerous and can cause accidents. Never place plastic over a window that will block your vision so you can't see the road or other drivers. Windshields need to be replaced before you can drive the vehicle safely.

Contact a company like A & L Home Improvement for more information and assistance. 


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About Marcus Thompson

My name is Marcus Thompson and about 8 years ago I found myself raising 3 children on my own. Before becoming a single father, I was too busy in my corporate world to even realize my home was falling apart. However, as I began spending more time at home, I began to notice all of the issues that were quickly causing my home's value to decrease. I couldn't afford to hire a contractor to fix these issues, so little by little, I began learning how to fix these problems myself. Over the years, I became a dedicated DIY enthusiast who is capable of fixing any issue I may encounter in my home. Creating this website is my way of sharing everything I have learned over the years with other parents and homeowners so that they too can begin taking control of any issues they may experience with their home.