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just noticed today in the bright light, that i have a scratch in my windshield on the lower driver's side that is 4 inches long (vertical). the only way i can think this gaot there is when the gas station cleaned the window with a sqeegee and rubbed it back and forth to remove some bug splatter. is there there a way to polish out a scratch?
 

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Yes, depending upon how deep it is. Look in the Yellow Pages, your area, for windshield repairs. Find one who says he can polish out scratches. Question him thoroughly as to how deep he can fix such scratches. He will want to see the car.

Be prepared to replace the windshield IF he cannot fix it. Your insurance company may or may not fund it. If you can prove the gas station did it, that would be your better bet for a replacement.

FWIW, I once had a whole engine replaced on an almost new Olds 98 when the jerk didn't put any oil in it and told me to go on. I saw that the oil light was on very quickly, just a block or so away, but it way too late. Made it back to the station, but cost him a bundle.
 

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mileshoover, I always like a story with a good ending :) We can always look back on these experiences and get a laugh.

My story is, we were having a problem with the manual gearbox in our Ford Escort (years back). The Service Manager was trying to convince us that there was no problem and proceeded to try and demonstrate. He put it in what he expected to be reverse, dropped the clutch and took off forward into a fence with us watching. Did he have a red face.. Got the gearbox fixed and the nose fixed. Pity the whole car was a piece of "crap" overall anyway.

lgret13, good luck, chase that Servo.
 

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There is a huge difference b/t a scratch and a crack. Repair the former, plan to replace if the latter. A crack is very likely to grow in time. I can't imagine how someone would crack a window by cleaning a splat, must be a scratch in which case follow Miles' advice.
 

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Ideally, you want a flat polish to bevel out the scratch over a large area. Anything less may cut a groove and then there will be wiper problems in that the blade loses contact with the glass..

Generally, the problem with using any home remedy -- you can't hold the polisher steady enough to get a good flat polish. Better see a pro. Shouldn't cost much more than 50 bucks.
 

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I noticed a scratch on the front driver side of my car window. I know it was not there when i bought. It seems like some one scratched it with a diamond.
 

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went to two auto glass repair shops, both said the windshield would need to be replaced, can't be polished out. for now i am gonna leave it, you really only notice it in certain light but it is annyoing because its directly in my view. :( and is it possible to have soft galss?
 

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Probably not any softer than any others. But one just has to be careful what tools, etc., get close to the glass.

A ring can scratch, etc., then there's always the vandal who will do it just for spite with a key, etc. Don't know of anyway to prevent that kind of stuff except to park it in your garage and never drive it.

Obviously, not a solution, either.

Sorry to hear about the scratches. If you can live with them, that's the best route. Once you can't, you already know that replacement is the only sure way to go.
 

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Interesting coincidence. . .

2 weeks into owning my 300C, I noticed a hairline scratch on windshield on the lower driver's side. It's something you had to look for to see, but obvious once you knew it was there. I thought it was a stress crack, so took it into the dealership. They replaced the windshield under warranty, but told me that it was a scratch on the inside of the glass: not a crack.

Is this a common occurrence? Seems like a few similar stories. . . a mystery to unravel, perhaps?
 
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