Cracked windscreen.

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  1. Baycott

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    Hi and a Happy New Year to one and all :beer:
    I wonder if anyone can tell me ( I'm sure someone will) if a cracked windscreen is an automatic MOT failure? :Sad:
    My screen has about a 2in crack in the bottom centre well out of my sight line when driving. It has been there since just after the last MOT and has not got any bigger.
    Thanks
    John
     
  2. Tootles

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    I think the rule is something like 'crack must not be within the swept area of the wiper blades, or it's a fail'.
     
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    Put a motorhome Funsters badge over it to hide it:thumb:
     
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    i thought a crack was a fail regardless of position on the screen. go over a bump and it may travel across the screen in seconds. a chip over a certain size 10mm? will be a fail if it falls in the area swept by the windscreen wipers
     
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    I think that comes under the heading of 'might', as far as the MOT test is concerned.
    The tester must decide on condition at the time the vehicle is presented for inspection. He cant say that this track rod end, for instance, 'might fail' in the next whatever period of time, or that this tyre 'might' be worn out in two weeks.
    The technical answer.

    The MOT
    Depending on where it is located, some windscreen damage will result in an MOT failure if not attended to. The screen is divided into two areas for the purposes of the MOT.

    The 'A-zone' infront of the driver
    Immediately In front of the driver (The 'A-zone' – a 290mm wide band centered on the steering column and bounded top and bottom by the wiper swept area) – damage larger than 10mm across will normally result in a failure.
    Elsewhere on the windscreen – damage larger than 40mm across will normally result in failure.
     
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    Think you ought to call Steve from Autoglass

    Fixed my wife's crack problem :thumb:
     
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    BEST OF THE DAY!!!!:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:

    Yes, but the crack has to be horizontal for a fail. Vertical cracks don't count for a fail if outside the swept area.
     
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    If you're comprehensive with a coachbuilt ? a new screen will only cost you the excess with no penalty on your insurance. I had a new screen not long after buying it November 2012 and my premium has not been affected at all.

    EDIT
    your glass excess that is! usually £75 to £100
     
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    dirty old bugger :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:

    or is it just me with a mucky mind and a gloriously misspent youth? :Cool:
     
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    OH DEAR.........THE VERY THOUGHT!! Never even entered my head! I just assumed that Mrs Haganap had a vertical crack........In her screen that is! Anyway, if hers had been vertical, then Steve from autoglass wouldn't have been able to fill it.


    I think that's right.....:Eeek::Eeek:
     
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    I remember being told in my early teens that vertical cracks could slide down banisters quite easily, horizontal cracks would find it almost impossible:Blush:
     
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    That brings back painful memories. As a young, (but nicely developed) child, I slid down the handrail in the local co-op. I cracked my horizontals something cruel, and ended up vertical on the floor, crying in agony. Amusing now, but certainly not then. :cry:
     
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