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Eek. Why Does My Windshield Leak When It Rains?

Is your windshield leaking? Whether your windshield leaks when it rains or you’ve just noticed a leak in the car wash, leaks are bad news!

Unfortunately, a windshield that appears fine may spring a leak tomorrow or at any time. To make matters worse, a leak may go unnoticed for weeks, even months because leaks often begin with few symptoms and grow worse over time.

A little water seeping onto the top of your dash might seem like no big deal, but it can cause major problems without intervention. Luckily, we’ve got you covered with our top tips for identifying and understanding the causes of windshield leaks.

Why Is My Windshield Leaking? 

Understanding what causes your windshield to leak is the best way to begin your windshield leak repair and to prevent future problems.

Top leak-causing culprits include:

  • Faulty rubber seals around the windshield that can be caused by age and deterioration.
  • Mold and mildew growth on windshield seals or between the seal and glass.
  • Improperly installed windshields.

It’s also essential to recognize the symptoms of a leaky windshield so that you can catch the leak at the first sign of an issue.

Common symptoms of a chronically leaking windshield include:

  • Mildew or mildew smells inside the vehicle.
  • Fog on the inside of the windshield.
  • Windshield rust.
  • Discoloration.
  • Wet carpet or upholstery.

Windshield Leak Repair: a Job for the Professionals

The windshield is more than a window, it’s an integral part of the structure of your car and the safety systems that protect you and your passengers. Windshield repairs and replacements almost always necessitate the assistance of a professional like your local Glass Doctor®.

When you work with your local Glass Doctor, our service professionals will advise you as to whether or not your windshield may be repaired or if the degree of damage requires a replacement. Depending on the damage, it may be possible to reseal the windshield. Most windshields are held in place and sealed with the combination of a gasket and liquid sealant.

To reseal a windshield, our service professionals:

  1. Carefully remove exterior trim pieces.
  2. Locate the leak beneath the trim.
  3. Thoroughly clean the area.
  4. Apply a new, liquid sealant overtop the leak.
  5. Test the fix.
  6. Let dry.
  7. Replace exterior trim pieces.

If resealing is not possible, your Glass Doctor will help you understand other options, including replacement of the rubber gasket and replacement of the entire windshield.

Let Glass Doctor Fix Your Windshield Panes

We strive to fix your windshield panes with timely, cost-effective and high-quality windshield services. Order mobile service or come visit us, but trust the professionals at your local Glass Doctor for all your windshield repair and replacement needs. Request an appointment online or call 833-974-0209 to get started.

What's worse than a moldy smell in your car? Mildew in your freshly cleaned carpet! Learn how to prevent post-carpet cleaning mildew with help from our friends at Molly Maid™. Like Glass Doctor, Molly Maid is a member of the Neighborly®. family of home service providers.