Car’s side window. Everything you need to know

Written by US Auto Glass

Jun 23, 2022

June 23, 2022

Introduction

When it comes to car windows, most people only know two things – how to roll them down and wind them up. But there’s a lot more you need to know about the side windows of your car, from the different types available to how to keep them clean and the process of having them replaced by an auto glass technician.

These are an essential part of the vehicle, especially regarding safety, and they play an important role in keeping you and your passengers safe while on the road.

This post will cover everything you need to know about vehicles’ side windows. We’ll explain the different types of car windows and how they work, and we’ll also discuss some tips for using them safely.

So if you’re curious about the side car window and how we are replacing them, read on! You might be surprised by what you learn.

Car's interior view through new side window

Different types of auto glass used in car side windows

View on rainy weather through car side window

When you’re driving, it’s important to see clearly in all directions. However, blind spots due to car doors and panels can make it difficult to see other cars, pedestrians, and objects on the side of the road. The auto glass can help reduce blind spots and improve your driving visibility.

They are located on the sides of the car, near the mirrors. They can either be fixed or operable. Fixed ones are made of glass that cannot be opened (glued onto the frame), while operable ones can be opened (roll up and down) to allow fresh air into the car.

In addition to improving visibility, they provide a way to escape from a car in an emergency situation. If you are ever involved in a collision or stranded in a flooding river, for example, you may be able to break the car window and swim to safety. As a result, they serve an important safety function and improve your driving experience.

Glass properties of window glass

Smashed rear passenger window on a modern vehicle

Today’s cars feature various types of glass, from the windshield to the side window. Each type of glass has unique properties that make it ideal for its specific location in the vehicle. The windshield, for example, is made of laminated glass, which can crack but is designed to resist shattering.

This is important because the windshield is one of the car’s most vulnerable areas in an accident. The door glass is typically made of tempered glass, which is strong and durable but will break into small pieces if shattered.

This tempered glass helps to protect passengers in the event of an accident. Finally, the side and back windows are usually made of tinted glass (green, blue, or dark privacy), which helps reduce glare and keep the vehicle cooler in direct sunlight.

By understanding the different types of glass used in a car window, we can better appreciate the features that help keep us safe on the road.

How to remove scratches from a car window?

Over time, vehicle side windows can become scratched and damaged. Several factors can contribute to this problem, including weather, road conditions such as road debris, and even the type of glass. In some cases, damage may be caused by a manufacturing defect. However, the most common cause of scratches is simply wear and tear.

Over time, the glass becomes less smooth and more susceptible to scratches. In addition, the clear coat that protects the glass can also become damaged, making it more likely that scratches will occur. To help fix this problem, it is important:

  1. To regularly clean and protect your auto windows.
  2. Avoid using harsh cleaning products or abrasive materials when cleaning the glass.

These simple steps can help keep your door glass looking like new for years to come.

Cars passenger window covered with scratches from sand and dirt
Process of car side window tinting, specialist in action

How much tint is allowed on car side windows?

Tinting the front window is always illegal, no matter what state you live in — this is because it makes it difficult for law enforcement officers to see into the vehicle, which could lead to potential dangers.

However, a few states allow for a certain amount of tinting on side windows. Generally, the side window can be tinted as long as the driver can still see out of them.

The amount of permitted tinting varies from state to state, so it is important to check the laws in your state before having your windows tinted.

How Anti-Pinch Technology in windows work?

Anti-pinch technology is a feature found in some car side windows that helps prevent injuries. This technology works by sensing when an object is in the way of the window and stopping the window from closing.

This can help to prevent serious injuries, especially to children, who may put their hands or head out of the window without realizing the danger. Anti-pinch technology is an important feature that can help keep your family safe while on the road.

Dog is not pinched by car side window, happy dog

Tips for using car door glass safely

Car windows can be a great way to enjoy the scenery on the road. However, it is important to use them safely to avoid injuries. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

 Never put your head or arms out the window while the vehicle is moving.

 Be careful when opening and closing the window, as it can be easy to break the glass if you’re not careful.

 Make sure that every passenger knows the dangers of putting their head or arms out of the window. 

By following these simple tips, you can help to keep yourself and your passengers.

Car side window shades

Extra equipment: side window shades are an affordable way to add a touch of style to your car while also protecting you from the sun. Shades for side windows are a great way to keep the inside cool in direct sunlight. They also help to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Shades are available in various styles and colors to match your car’s interior. They are easy to install and can be removed when not in use.

Tinted car side window with shade

About side window replacement

You do not need to search further for outstanding service. Sometimes a fix of the side window can take 10 min and other times 1½ hours. Regardless we strive to complete the broken window replacement quickly, assisting you to maintain safety and drive away with a new intact side window.

Car side window repair

The technician must remove a car’s inner door panel to access the door glass. A few steps need to be followed before the car window repair: first, locate the screws holding the panel in place. These are usually located at the top and bottom.

Once the screws have been removed, gently pull it away from the door, being careful not to damage any of the wires that may be attached to it. When the panel has been removed, you can access the door’s inner workings, such as the handle, window crank, and mirror.

When working with shattered glass due to a broken car window, the technician can vacuum the door component for small broken glass fragments when the door panel is removed. 

In older cars, the window motor regulator is fitted with a wire. If the window is broken, the wire can also break, causing the motor to run without a stop and potentially damaging it. While this is not a common problem, it is one that vehicle owners should be aware of when it comes to repairing.

Taking precautions such as regularly checking the condition of the window and the wires can help prevent a potentially costly repair.

Rear quarter auto glass installation process

Car side window replacement cost

We love to replace the auto glass! When it comes to replacing the side window, trust the experts at US Auto Glass. We have the knowledge and experience to finish the job right the first time – for us, the quality matters in everything we do.

We inspect all our new window glass installations before leaving, prioritizing our customers’ safety. Have your vehicle been involved in a car accident (more than a fender bender), or had a break in, then no severe damage must have occurred to the door or frame, which could compromise the replacement.

The replacement cost depends on the make, model, production year, and glass tint. The price of a window replacement is very similar to a windshield replacement.

It can cost as little as a few hundred bucks and have a price range of more than 1000 $ if you for instance own a vehicle like a Tesla.

Our mobile auto glass services are created to fit your needs and budget. Therefore a prompt replacement of the glass is an important auto glass service that we take seriously at USAG.

*Note that, on average, a window replacement takes about an hour. Door glass replacements that involve glue need another half to a whole hour to dry.

Do you have other auto glass needs?

Our service is not limited; feel free to contact us regarding any quarter glass replacement needs since the quarter glass is not a searchable glass option on our website, like, e.g., the front laminated windshield.

We still strive to facilitate each customer, deliver the highest quality service possible, and provide special offers that help you save money.

Smashed quarter panel glass

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