How To Handle A Broken Car Window

A broken car window is something that you should leave to experts like A+ Plus Auto Glass. But it’s not always practical to wait. The broken glass can pose a safety risk to your family, and it would be best if you took care of it yourself before handing it over for repairs.

In this guide, we’ll teach you how to safely handle a broken car window and how to make a temporary replacement until it’s repaired.

What You Need

  • Thick working gloves
  • Masking tape
  • Microfiber cloth
  • A high-density plastic
  • Disposal container

What To Do

Step #1: Prepare to remove the broken glass

Put on your work gloves so you can protect your hands from cuts. You should also prepare a disposable bag or any container for holding the shards.

Step #2: Carefully remove the broken glass

Start with the larger shards that have broken off the window. Collect them and toss them into the bag. Next, remove the smaller shards which you can pick up with your hands and place them in the container.

Use a shop vac to collect fine pieces of glass which you can no longer pick up with your hands. Switch to a long vacuum attachment to get to hard-to-reach places.

Step #3: Clean the window frame

Now that you’ve gotten rid of the broken glass, the next step is to prepare the frame for a temporary car window replacement. Using a damp cloth, remove dirt and dust from the window seal and frame. Then let it dry for a few minutes. You want to make sure that the surface is clean so the adhesive will stick.

Step #4: Position the plastic

Get the high-density plastic you prepared earlier. From inside your vehicle, position it over the window frame. Cut small pieces of tape and use them to stick the plastic against the top edge of the frame. Only use masking tape since other types of adhesive will either damage the car paint, or may be too difficult to remove.

Step #5: Secure the plastic covering

Stretch the plastic and pull it towards the bottom side of the window frame. Get a long strip of tape and stick the plastic against the frame. Repeat this step for the right and left sides until you’ve secured the plastic in place.

Once you’ve secured the plastic, seal them on all sides with a second layer of masking tape. There should be no gaps between the plastic and window frame where air and water can seep in. The goal is to create a temporary car window replacement that can hold up until such time that you get it fixed.

Step #6: Add a second layer of plastic

Repeat steps 3 to 5. This time, do it on the outer side of the window frame so you get a second layer of plastic. It helps ensure that your temporary car window withstands bad weather, and that it lasts long enough until you get a proper car window replacement at your local auto glass shop.