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1 week old Volt. Sat in the hot sun yesterday and now windshield cracked. I searched this forum with no applicable results. Anyone know of a similar issue?

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1 week old Volt. Sat in the hot sun yesterday and now windshield cracked. I searched this forum with no applicable results. Anyone know of a similar issue?

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I had a small stone hit my windshield on a hot day and it cracked the whole windshield instantly. Had much bigger rocks hit my other vehicle and just chips...not full blown cracks. Seems like some issue with the volt windshields...

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1 week old Volt. Sat in the hot sun yesterday and now windshield cracked. I searched this forum with no applicable results. Anyone know of a similar issue?

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Have your dealer inspect the windshield, for GM to authorize a replacement.
 

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My 2013 had a crack show up one day. As winter was coming, the defrosters caused the crack to grow. I took it to the dealership, and they didn't cover it under the bumper to bumper warranty just like flat tires and brakes aren't covered for wear and tear, or obvious damage from debris. It cost me about $350 to get a glass shop to replace it.

It's hard to know when the flying debris hit the windshield, but during my first two years of volt ownership, the car was like an electromagnet, attracting flying debris, materializing stop signs, and kamikaze deer. Coincidentally, all the body shop visits stopped when I paid off the car with a $13K lump sum payment. I view it as the big guy upstairs punishing me for being a bad steward of his money (going into debt). The borrower is slave to the lender.
 

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It's highly unlikely that there is any real issue with Volt windshields vs. any other car GM produces.
As long as there is debris and rocks on the road, there will always be windshield issues.
 

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OK. I was hoping you guys would say it was a common problem and Chevy would make it better at no cost...
 

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Yes, but not "Volt" specific windshield issues.
I respectfully disagree. The volt was the first windshield I've replaced in my lifetime and I've never had so much body work done to a car. My volt was prone to catching flying debris, for whatever reason (karma, aerodynamics, acts of God, blind luck). My 13 year old CTS doesn't even have a door ding on it.
 

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Take a close look at the crack between the edge of the windshield and about half an inch in. Chances are you'll see a small ding right there. This is the worst place to get hit because the glass has no flexibility there, so it chips instead.
 

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someone needs to perfect the formula for transparent aluminum.
 

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6+ years, I have two small craters in the glass. Very very small. A glass shop can repair them, but so will a carefully applied drop of superglue. There are kits that have a smooth plastic film you apply to "cast" the curing glue as a flat surface so you don't end up with a pimple on the glass.
 

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6+ years, I have two small craters in the glass. Very very small. A glass shop can repair them, but so will a carefully applied drop of superglue. There are kits that have a smooth plastic film you apply to "cast" the curing glue as a flat surface so you don't end up with a pimple on the glass.
But once a crack starts, the OP is done for and would need to get a new piece of glass.
 

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But once a crack starts, the OP is done for and would need to get a new piece of glass.
I once put a crack in the middle on the INSIDE of a windshield and watched that crack grow over the course of two years. Eventually it went from bottom to top. Winter cold on one side and cabin heat on the other will help it along...

The idea behind the superglue is to help prevent a small crater, small star craze, or small crack from going big. Nip it in the bud.
 

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1 week old Volt. Sat in the hot sun yesterday and now windshield cracked. I searched this forum with no applicable results. Anyone know of a similar issue?

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Where, on the windshield did the crack start and stop?
 

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It came from the bottom near the black part and goes about 4 inches into the clear part. Update: Wife took it to the dealer and they are going to replace under warrantee. They think it was some sort of stress crack unrelated to any impact. :) .
 

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It came from the bottom near the black part and goes about 4 inches into the clear part. Update: Wife took it to the dealer and they are going to replace under warrantee. They think it was some sort of stress crack unrelated to any impact. :) .
In other words they did the inspection I recommended and didn't find any chip in the windshield along the crack. It's possible it got chipped during assembly and the chip covered by the rubber trim. This would be a manufacturing flaw.
 

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Yes probably as you said. Anyway a small victory for us under the heading of you win some and lose some often without any correlation to justice. :)
 

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There was a thread with someone with a new Volt with a cracked windshield that seemed like a stress crack, rather than a stone impact. Had some good pics.
 
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