Look, I get it; planning a windscreen replacement for your Land Rover Discovery can be a panic-inducing and frightening ordeal, but you don’t need to worry. This piece will go over any queries you might have concerning how this happened, why it happened and what you need to do next.
So, let’s clarify some puzzles.
What makes the Land Rover Discovery such a great car?
Land Rover’s most giant and off-road-competent machine – The Discovery combines luxury with capability.
The Discovery manages to maintain its professionalism while keeping with sleeker designs with every new model. The cabin is interchangeable with a Range Rover, apart from the seven-seat configuration. This vehicle is a complete car, suitable for every season, a jack-of-all-trades and adaptable to any environment.
By deleting more weight with the chassis, the Land Rover is narrower than before, though you would never be able to tell from your lofty captain’s seat.
It also allows for all seven seats to be motorised and foldable via a remote smartphone app. Gadgets like that, plus the most advanced touchscreen and minimalist cabin button count available, are what amps up the sense of joy in owning a Land Rover Discovery.
Why do cracks appear on the windscreen of my Land Rover Discovery?
The causes for cracks appearing are often bewildering and almost always bothersome in every instance. Some are common causes, but there are still those few unusual cases very dependant on the circumstances.
Force Damage types
This cause is the most natural and rational reason any cracks or dents will suddenly develop on your windscreen or other car glass sections. When you drive along a freshly covered road or one normally filled with gravel and rocks, this road debris can be flung upwards from the path with just the correct quantity of speed and force to split one of the three layers that form your windscreen. With enough energy, these annoying “bullets” can produce sufficient levels of damage to draw out a chip or dent in your windscreen glass.
Stress Fracture types
Less frequent but much more alarming when they occur are fluctuating changes in hot and cold temperatures that your Land Rover Discovery might be exposed towards.
When your Land Rover Discovery’s windscreen deals with drastic shifts in differing temperatures – sources of which might be a scorching day filled with sun rays or an icy chill from a freezing wind – increases the likelihood of developing stress fractures.
This outcome occurs because these fluctuating temperatures make the glass layers expand and contract speedily. The resulting stress causes enough damage for intense cracks to form out of the blue, and often extensively enough that the windscreen will be in dire need of a total windscreen replacement and not just a trivial repair.
Along with lousy weather hassles to deal with daily in the UK, we also can look forward to car glass damage being added to the experience. Snowstorms can cause our windscreens to frost over, bring along winds and hailstones that could easily shatter glass or begin car collisions, and icy roads are just dangerous little slides anticipating a chance to trip us up eagerly.
The worst possible outcome from inattentive driving or unfortunate luck; a car collision from veering off the road, a preoccupied driver swiftly turning without indicating. Even luckless timing can involve either a modest fender-bender with only a minor repair being required or a catastrophic car accident with complete replacements of every section of car glass being needed for your within your Land Rover Discovery.
Shoddy car repair quality
If you pick a car-glass repair shop that is missing accredited experts who grasp how your Land Rover Discovery’s glass interacts with its multiple parts (or if they use shoddy elements in order to cut costs), then you’ll be seeking another car glass repair service sooner than you’d think.
Can I repair cracks on a Land Rover Discovery’s windscreen myself?
It is reasonable for some minor damages to be fixed and have the repairs done by yourself. You can purchase several DIY fix-it windscreen repair cases within any workshop that sells home repairs and household improvement packages in UK stores.
Follow the steps below for a DIY windscreen repair for your Land Rover Discovery:
- Purchase a windscreen repair kit from a trustworthy store
- Wash the glass very thoroughly around the chips or cracks
- Place the adherent patch and plastic stand that comes with the case.
- Insert the kit’s epoxy resin with the work syringe provided.
- Let it to harden, and then remove the plastic stand.
- Shed any leftover epoxy resin and completely clean the glass, making certain there is no mess remaining that might mar the surface.
The directions will come along with how to repair the cracks and dents. However, suppose you are not confident in your ability to do so. In that case, you should instead consult a professional, as improving a crack or dent wrong could obscure your vision further and require a complete windscreen replacement to be done instead.
There are also a few cases where a repair will not be sufficient:
- It would be best if you did not try to fix cracks more extensive than a £2 coin and chips more prominent than 6 cm long.
- If the damage location is less than 3cm away from the Land Rover Discovery’s frame side.
- The crack or dent is within the scope of the driver’s sight.
- If any corrosion is found on your Land Rover Discovery’s windscreen’s interior and not on the outside.
In these cases, you will need to take it in for a professional repair or replacement service instead.
What happens if I drive around with cracks on the windscreen of my Land Rover Discovery?
There are three notable outcomes: driving around with a cracked windscreen on your Land Rover Discovery; problems with the law, safety concerns, and internal moral ethics.
With UK law, an officer has the authority to fine you a sturdy fee or administer three penalty points to your license (or even both) if you have sufficient damage on the windscreen of your car. The extent of the punishment relies upon the extensivity of the cracks and how clouded your vision is.
The windscreen and other car glass sections serve several safety functions within your Land Rover Discovery. They assist with clear vision while guarding you against outside elements, but if they’re fractured or cracked, that means your car’s structural integrity is endangered as well.
Car glass labours to hold the structure securely in place should your Land Rover Discovery get into a collision or rollover due to a car accident. If cracks degraded the glass, it is far more inclined to shattering, which will not stop the frame from folding inwards and crushing the driver and passengers.
If you elect to drive around with a broken windscreen or any other section of car glass and choose not to get it repaired immediately, you’re wilfully putting your life, the lives of your passengers, and everyone near you on the street at avoidable risk.
Attempting to save some cash by overlooking your windscreen problems or delaying repairs due to the likely admin annoyances that come with fixing it is not worth a stamp on your permanent record or existing with the offence of harming/terminating another person’s life.
How do I protect my Land Rover Discovery’s car glass from damage?
Fortunately, there are many methods you can put in place to guarantee that you prevent any chips from appearing on your windscreen’s stunning surface. And prevention is more lenient, more agile, and much cheaper than repairs or replacements.
Always good shelter from the elements at all times
When it’s cold, use the defroster in your Land Rover Discovery gradually to prevent the windscreen from cracking due to rapidly fluctuating temperatures. If possible, park your Land Rover Discovery out of the sun. Heat urges the glass to expand, leading to a crack or chip becoming more serious, and thus, constant direct sunlight is never suitable for cars. The shelter will also protect your car glass from force damage due to random flying missiles (such as frisbees and other children’s toys) or weather projectiles like hailstones and wind-blown tree branches.
Clean your windscreen whenever possible
If you have a crack, you should manage it against receiving any dirt or moisture, as this can contaminate the damage site. It will help if you put a clear piece of tape over it for shielding, as windscreen wiper fluid also includes colourants, which can coat the area, leading to blemished results even after a prosperous repair.
The common reasons for cracks are road debris and missiles that beat against your car from the cars in front of you. When you’re moving on a gravelly path, linger a safe distance away from any other vehicle on the street.
By reducing your speed during a hail storm, you can lessen the strength of your windscreen’s impact and thus limit the damage.
What windscreen features does a Land Rover Discovery have?
The features that your Land Rover Discovery might have will determine what the total cost might be for a windscreen replacement.
You must know if your Land Rover Discovery model has the following features on its windscreen, as this is information our technicians will need before they can come to your car to perform the windscreen replacement.
A rain sensor in a Land Rover Discovery is there to recognise rainfall or heavy moisture using light sensory technology. The rainwater comes into contact with the windscreen, and the windscreen wipers will focus their movement respectively.
This device is a valuable tool against driver’s diversions on the road. To locate it, you can identify your rain sensor just after the windscreen and behind your rearview mirror.
Windscreen Ceramic Coatings
Ceramic coatings, similar to Armor Shield IX, can be employed in car paint, casters, fibreglass, vinyl-wraps, PPF, and your Land Rover Discovery’s windscreen to provide it with that additional layer of strength. This method allows it to take even more levels of suffering before breaking.
Heads Up Display
The Heads-Up Display beams a floating image of all the essential information you’d find highly beneficial when driving your car. It’s projected directly onto the windscreen in front of you.
Many Head-Up displays will display everything from your pace level to practical directions, along with vital statistics.
Electrically heated windscreen
A heated windscreen integrates within a mesh of thin wires that can warm up to higher temperatures. You build an electrically heated glass windscreen when one triple-glazes the layered glass, allowing them to carry electronically-controlled radiating heat waves, and in the process, creating a lovely and tropical paradise within your vehicle. It also supports visibility problems caused by icing over due to freezing weather or snowstorms.
How long does a windscreen replacement take?
If you use our mobile assistance, we’ll get to the location you provide between 8 AM and 5 PM on the agreed day.
You’ll receive a phone-call half an hour before we are due to arrive. Our experts typically need an hour (although it’s usually less) to perform the Land Rover Discovery windscreen replacement.
Important note; your Land Rover Discovery must be left dead still for at least half an hour after the glass replacement is complete. This reasoning is so that the parts can settle perfectly.
If you drive your Land Rover Discovery to a UK Car Glass centre, we should ideally achieve the same day’s windscreen replacement. We will then ring you to come and collect your Land Rover Discovery when it’s ready – at the latest around 5 PM, but most likely way before then.
An interesting fact about the Land Rover Discovery!
An intriguing fact about the Land Rover is that its defining characteristics and substantial assets were due to the severity measures given by World War II!
They built the body using remaining aluminium from the war industry, which was more easily obtainable. The light green paint that would become a trademark of the early models was the exact cover used by fighter plane manufacturers. So remember that you’re driving a car that is a direct descendant of a war engine when you’re out and about – to make you feel more like a warrior than ever!