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Nissan Micra Windscreen Replacement & Car Glass Repair Advise

Written by Dylan

Join me in discovering the Nissan Micra, a compact hatchback celebrated for its fusion of practicality and contemporary design.

We’ll focus on its standout features, exceptional road performance, and the rich heritage that fuels its ongoing evolution.

Plus, we’ll offer advice on how to manage a damaged or cracked windscreen.

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The Nissan Micra, renowned for its compact elegance and reliable performance on the British roads, is a vehicle many take pride in. However, like any other automobile, it’s not immune to the occasional car glass dilemma. Whether it’s a chipped windscreen from a rogue pebble or a shattered side window from an unfortunate mishap, such issues demand prompt and professional attention to ensure the safety and integrity of your beloved Micra.

That’s where we, at UK Car Glass, step in. With our nationwide network of approved technicians and a simple online booking platform, getting your Micra’s glass woes sorted is just a click away. Our expertise spans across various car glass replacement needs, ensuring your Nissan Micra is ready to provide you with clear and safe journeys once more.

NISSAN MICRA WINDSCREEN REPLACEMENT

The Micra debuted in 1980s, offering an affordable and compact driving solution. Over the decades, it has seen several redesigns, evolving with modern automotive trends and technologies, while maintaining its reputation for efficiency and reliability. The Nissan Micra model competes with a variety of other car models such as the Hyundai i20, Suzuki Swift, Volkswagen Polo, Fiat Punto, Ford Fiesta, and Chevrolet Spark.

 

Why is the Nissan Micra so liked?

The model quickly gained favour among UK car buyers due to its appealing design, low running costs, and economical nature, making it a popular first car for new drivers. Over the years, it retained its budget-friendly appeal while recent model upgrades, including a design overhaul and added luxuries like a Bose sound system, have garnered positive reactions from consumers and car journalists alike. These factors, along with its aesthetic appeal and comfortable ride, continue to contribute to its enduring popularity in the UK market.

All in all, it’s a spicy little hatchback that is on top of its grade regarding class and proficiency.

Community Spotlight: Why Micra Owners Love Their Ride

We reached out to the lively community of Micra Owners U.K on Facebook to discover what endears them to their Micras, and here’s what James K had to share:

I can get in it and go anywhere with the peace of mind ill make it wherever I’m going without breaking down. That reliability combined with pretty cheap running costs, cheap maintenance and the fact it’s fun to throw around on country lanes will keep me in one for a while.

How about you? We’d love to hear about your own Micra ownership experiences in the comments below!

 

How is the car glass in a Nissan Micra made?

The glass for your Nissan Micra is manufactured from two types of glass; laminated and tempered.

The front windscreen is created with laminated glass, while every other section of car glass (such as the side windows and rear windscreen) is forged using tempered glass. But why is this the case?


Laminated Glass

This glass is a little hardier and more durable than its tempered equivalent. You create it by bonding two (or more) sheets of ordinary glass with one synthetic interlayer, usually a vinyl-type substitute. These layers are pressed unitedly with incredible strength and then exposed to intense heat levels to bond them together and create a durable type of glass that can take immense pressure levels before cracking.

We produce windscreens from this type of glass to limit the number of glass shards being made and from flying towards the driver and any riders if there is an unexpected impact. We can also repair laminated car glass if a minor amount of damage is concerned, which is very beneficial and cost-effective, considering how highly expensive windscreens are. 

Tempered Glass

This type is the more brittle counterpart (while still being more robust than your standard or “annealed” glass). You produce tempered glass by presenting a transparent sheet of glass to also incredibly high heat levels within a sizeable oven-like structure, to levels going over 600 degrees celsius! 

This glass sheet then experiences a cooling operation known as quenching, where it is pressured and cooled rather rapidly. This technique results in your tempered glass, which, unlike annealed glass, splits into small and comparatively safe pieces when destroyed. 

Due to this, we use tempered glass in situations where human protection is an issue, such as the side and rear windows in cars. We cannot repair this glass variant though, and we must replace it completely every time it is damaged.

Why do cracks and dents appear on the windscreen of my Nissan Micra?

The causes are infinite, and all of them head-ache-inducing. Cracks or dents might scar the lovely surface of your windscreen or make the other segments of your car glass shatter and need repairing. Let’s go over the main two core reasons this might happen:

Impact Type Damage

The most simple and most popular reason you’re hitting your steering wheel in disappointment; small missiles such as rocks being flung up from the freshly covered ground from the vehicle in front of you – or a wandering frisbee being launched by naive children – could discover its way towards striking your windscreen or car glass head-on, at the perfectly right angle and speed to make a crack between the multiple panes that form your windscreen or the singular glass layer that makes up all the rest.

Stress Fractures Type Damage

If your Nissan Micra gets bared to hot and cold temperatures everyday, it runs a more significant risk of stress fractures transpiring. This phenomenon is when the glass panels extend and compress too quickly in too short an amount of time and begin to crack under stress. 

This cause is not a typical reason, but if your Nissan Micra is exhibited for too long to these circumstances, then you’ll find a sudden system of rifts spring up very quickly. This cause is challenging to repair and often needs a complete windscreen replacement done instead of a more uncomplicated repair.

How can I prevent these cracks and dents from forming on the windscreen of my Nissan Micra?

We can all acknowledge that prevention is more straightforward, cheaper, and more satisfying for everything in life than repairing or replacing. Here are some tips and methods towards getting your Nissan Micra’s windscreen cleared of all cracks for as lengthy a time as possible, baring standard erosion we cand entropy we can do nothing against.

Have sufficient shelter for your Nissan Micra

Constantly make sure that you hold your Nissan Micra under some shielding safety during the day and at night, even if the best you can do is a fabric car cover to toss over it. This method will protect it from the sun’s harsh rays and the winter’s bite, thus preventing stress fractures from occurring within the layers that make up the windscreen glass.

Having it protected during the daytime can also block random projectiles, such as wind-flung branches and soccer balls, from getting into direct contact with your vehicle.

Don’t throw hot water onto a Nissan Micra’s frozen windscreen

The accelerated and unexpected difference in extreme temperatures could result in it shattering instantly. The last thing you want while getting ready in the morn for work!

Always drive carefully

Maintaining a safe distance betwixt yourself and the car in front of you, never text-and-drive, and constantly being on high alert while moving on the street could mean the distinction between a pleasant drive and a dirty collision. Drive like everyone else on the road is a nincompoop (because odds are; they could very well be).

Keep your Nissan Micra’s windscreen clean at all times

Earth, sand and liquid getting into even a minuscule crack can erode and chip away at the structure within, causing the contaminated gap to degenerate at an extra rapid pace. Clear and drain any cracks up, and cover them with a clear tape to shield them from other damage sources.

What happens if I keep driving around with cracks on the windscreen of my Nissan Micra?

With every decision in life, there are results to be obtained. This reasoning is doubled when you prefer to ignore a safety concern while operating a giant metal machine weighing over a ton and able to reach dangerously high speeds at a thought. 

The two main consequences:

You could get in a dispute with the law

Police and authority enforcement deputies don’t take too generously to “Reckless Driving”, which under UK law applies to anybody operating a car with an adequately cracked windscreen to obscure their vision.

This little hindrance of safety can result in three penalty points being connected to your licence or getting fined with a hefty amount of between 250 – 500 pounds sterling.

Your Nissan Micra’s safety could be compromised

Apart from the apparent safety problems concerning not being able to see out of your vehicle with a damaged windscreen and thus placing yourself and other occupants of your car in danger that way, your Nissan Micra’s structural integrity is also jeopardised.

If your Nissan should get into a mishap and end up rolling over, it’s the windscreens and side windows that will help keep its structure in place and block the frame from crumpling in like a discarded crisps packet; crushing all the occupants within. 

Not a cheerful thought, hey?

How much does a windscreen replacement for a Nissan Micra cost?

Several factors are taken into account when determining your Nissan Micra’s windscreen replacement cost.

Let’s explore what these elements might be, highlighting the most crucial ones you should be aware of regarding your cherished car before the experts step in.

The Year Of Production

There is a large discrepancy between a 1983 Nissan Micra and one produced this year in 2023.

1983 Nissan Micra model from £390.22

2023 Nissan Micra model from £704.55

Typically, the later designs have more powerful tech connected into their windscreens, requiring more components and expertise when replacing. 

But the year’s costs may also vary due to the availability of these parts and where they might need to be imported from geographically.

What windscreen features does a Nissan Micra have installed?

There are only a couple of windscreen features you need to check to see whether your Nissan Micra has installed that could profoundly influence the total windscreen replacement expense.
 

VIN notch

VIN stands for Vehicle Identification Number. A VIN indent is usually positioned at the base of the windscreen’s passenger side, making it possible to see the VIN from outside the vehicle. The VIN should also be visible on the new windscreen.

Sound-proof windscreen

Some front windscreens are produced with an extra layer added to the standard amount of layers during the production phase of a laminated windscreen. This addition is a vinyl-type layer with sound-dampening qualities (acoustic) that leave your Nissan with a quiet and cosy interior, a true retreat from unwanted sounds.

Green or Blue tint coloured car glass

This feature is mainly found in the older generations of the Micra and can protect your passenger and driver from the harsh effects of the sun’s UV rays and its harsh glare on your eyes during the times of sunrise and sunset.

Where can I go for car glass repairs or replacements for my Nissan Micra?

Fortunately for you, there’s one business that:

  • Offers national and always mobile coverage at all times (as long as it’s accessible by land or bridge)
  • Offers fair and market-competitive rates
  • Utilises only approved and licensed car glass technicians who employ the best quality glass and use the market’s finest tools.
  • Has raving reviews from all its previous clients
  • Operates a well-designed and easy website

HINT: It’s us!

UK Car Glass. Just schedule with the button below now to ensure that your Nissan Micra receives the care it always deserved!

Some interesting Nissan Facts!

With an automotive story that dates back to 1933, Nissan is a business that has several interesting facts behind the brand name:

  • The Nissan headquarters are located in Nishi-Ku, Yokohoma, Japan.
  • The ‘Datsun’ brand name was initially known as Nissan. Later they changed it to Nissan.
  • Nissan is part of a thriving automotive partnership with the French car company Renault. This means that they distribute automotive technology, design, and production support to provide innovative yet cost-effective new vehicle models. 

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Published on October 9, 2023
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