How to Fix a Leaking Windshield

Water is one of those things that definitely doesn’t belong inside of your vehicle. If you notice any signs of a water leak – foggy windows, a musty odor, or water stains on your headliner or carpets – address it as soon as possible. These signs could indicate a serious issue that may make your vehicle unsafe or unreliable, requiring extensive and expensive repairs if left unchecked.

Identify the Problem

While it’s sometimes difficult to find the source of a leak, there are some common issues that can quickly and easily be identified.

  1. Is your windshield secure?

    Windshields in modern vehicles are structurally adhered to the body of the vehicle, providing both a water tight seal and support for the body and airbag system in case of a collision. Gone are the days of windshields held in place by rubber gaskets that deteriorate over time! An easy way to be sure the adhesive system hasn’t failed is to simply push on it from the inside, around the edges, and check to see if there is movement.  Any movement at all indicates an unsafe condition that will need to be addressed immediately to make the vehicle safe again.

  2. Does your vehicle have a sunroof?

    A little-known fact is that vehicles equipped with sunroofs include a drainage system that allows water to flow in from around the sunroof, tLloyd's Auto Glass Repair, Sunroof repair, fix leaks, windshield replacementhrough drains in the sunroof frame, back out of the vehicle.  This system is rarely maintained, and the most common cause of water leaks in vehicles. To test your sunroof drains, simply open the sunroof and pour a large cup of water into the front corners of the framework underneath the glass.  The water should quickly drain and pour out onto the ground (usually behind the front wheels of the vehicle.  If the water doesn’t drain from the sunroof pan, or does drain but doesn’t appear on the ground shortly thereafter, then your drains could be clogged or may have come disconnected. Both situations require some maintenance.

  3. Is there an accumulation of leaves and debris at the base of your windshield?

    Much like the sunroof, there is a drain system at the base of the windshield meant to allow water to drain away from the fresh air intake of your vehicle.  If clogged or restricted, the drains beneath your windshield can cause the water to overflow into your fresh air intake, leaving your floorboards drenched. This problem can typically be solved by keeping your vehicle debris free at the base of the windshield. Sometimes disassembly and thorough cleaning is required if left unchecked for a long period of time.

Seal the Leak

If you believe that the windshield is the source of the water leak in your vehicle, the best course of action is to bring it to an auto glass professional like Lloyd’s Glass for assessment.  Lloyd’s will help you determine the best course of action, whether it be sealing a leak, clearing debris to allow proper water flow, unclogging your sunroof drains, or removing your windshield and reinstalling it properly to ensure that your vehicle is safe.

For all of your auto glass needs, contact Lloyd’s Glass today for a FREE estimate. Our friendly customer service representatives handle auto glass replacement efficiently from start to finish all across Northwest Florida, and they’re standing at the ready to provide the best replacement results possible.