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Hairline Crack - Bottom Front Windshield

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by jrc0yne, Oct 21, 2018.

  1. jrc0yne

    jrc0yne Member

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    I have had my Model 3 for about 1 month now and put almost 700 miles on it. I just noticed this small hairline crack on the bottom portion of the front windshield on the passenger side. I do not recall anything hitting the windshield while driving and I am not sure if this slowly developed or if I took delivery like this.

    Any opinions on how this could have happened? Stress crack maybe? I have submitted a question to Tesla service explaining the issue and waiting to hear back. Anyone have a similar crack develop in this location and if so was it covered under warranty? Thanks!
     

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  2. Park2670

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    Run a ball point pen along the crack. If the pen stops, thats your impact point. If it doesn't stop, you could be good for warranty replacement.
     
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  3. Silicon Desert

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    That's a really great idea. I never thought of that. Usually a tiny cloudy hit mark can be seen. Although I presume that a crack can go out at a curve like that, I am guessing this is a surface scratch by the appearance, curvature, and lack of a hit mark (at least from your photo). A crack is more likely to span outward in a star like pattern with multiple spider like legs. Thus, probably a scratch. Just drive by a windshield repair place and have them look at it for free.

    Oh and after having the car for a month, you might have to haggle with Tesla as they may think it happened after delivery since you didn't notice it at that time
     
  4. C141medic

    C141medic Active Member

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    That looks similar to my windshield. I didn’t notice it until after I picked it up from service the other week. Difficult to see unless you’re looking at it straight on or at a certain angle. There were also other scratches near it that are harder to see. Mine is a deep scratch. Is yours cracked or just a very deep scratch?

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  5. JeffK

    JeffK Well-Known Member

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    I have a similar scratch on the path where the wipers come up. Mine is on the driver's side.

    I've had them try to buff it out, but I can still see the scratch. It's small so I guess I'm not that concerned. If it becomes worse for any reason then maybe I'll have them replace it. I'd hope they'd do it under warranty since it's a documented issue with my car.
     

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