When to Seek Auto Glass Calibration: Signs Your Windshield Needs To Be Calibrated

woman happily driving after a windshield calibration

Trust the Experts With Your Auto Glass Calibration

If you were to walk up to someone and ask them about auto glass calibration, they might stare at you as if you’re speaking a foreign language. With the advanced safety features of modern vehicles, today’s technology requires a little more tender love and care sometimes. If you drive a vehicle with automated safety features, like automatic emergency braking, rain-sensing windshield wipers, adaptive cruise control, or something similar, there may be times when you find that these features aren’t working properly. You may also be getting an error message if your system is not recalibrated.

If you notice that your vehicle’s safety features aren’t working properly, it’s possible that your vehicle needs auto glass calibration. At Max Auto Glass, we provide expert windshield calibration services so that you can get back on the road with confidence, knowing that your vehicle’s entire safety suite is accurately protecting you from danger.

Contact us today and let trained professionals handle your vehicle’s auto glass calibration needs.

Auto Glass Calibration? What’s That?

Vehicles that are equipped with advanced safety features, like automatic emergency braking, rain-sensing windshield wipers, lane-keeping assist, and similar features, use a forward-facing camera that takes in road information and processes this data to recognize danger. This camera is often located high on the windshield near the rearview mirror and faces outward so that it can scan your surroundings.

This camera is fitted with a range of delicate sensors and technologies that are calibrated for your vehicle. If you have recently had windshield repair or replacement, it’s imperative that you also have a windshield calibration performed on your vehicle. If this camera or any of its sensors have been altered or moved even a single degree off-center, it could cause a significant deterioration in the performance of the systems.

Your Driver Assist Features Rely on Your Front Camera

Although you may have never even noticed your forward-facing camera, the system analyzes data for a wide range of automatic driver assist safety features (ADAS). Here are just a few of the many features that rely on this forward-facing technology to be perfectly calibrated so that it can work as designed:

  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Automatic headlights
  • Automatic high beams
  • Forward collision mitigation
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Lane departure warning
  • Pedestrian and cyclist detection
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Adaptive cruise contro

Why Your Car Might Need Windshield Calibration

Vehicles that have recently undergone windshield replacement or windshield repair services will almost always need auto glass calibration. Completing an auto glass calibration ensures that vital safety features on your vehicle perform as expected to minimize the chances of a collision.

If your onboard camera is performing without calibration, you may notice your vehicle struggling to identify danger or making errors while using the adaptive cruise control feature. One of the most common glitches that drivers experience after windshield replacement or repair, without also undergoing auto glass calibration, is issues with lane-keeping assistance. Some vehicles will display an error code, while others will misidentify lines and create a sense of danger due to a confused system.

Most dangerous of all, your vehicle could fail to recognize a stopped vehicle, or a critical safety feature, like automatic emergency braking, could fail to engage.

How To Know When It’s Time for Calibration

There’s no set interval for auto glass calibration. However, we strongly recommend that this service be performed after every windshield repair or replacement. Because your ADAS camera and sensors are so sensitive, it’s vital that your auto glass is calibrated properly. If you have recently had windshield repair or replacement but haven’t yet had auto glass calibration, we strongly recommend that you request an appointment with Max Auto Glass as soon as possible.

Although we may sound like a broken record, we can’t stress enough how important it is to perform windshield calibration after your windshield has been repaired or replaced. Some drivers believe that they don’t need calibration because their vehicle seems to operate perfectly fine; however, they may be unaware that their vehicle is actually misinterpreting the data that its camera and sensors are receiving. A driver may only realize that their assist features are functioning abnormally when they fail to engage as expected.

Who Can Calibrate a Windshield?

Auto glass recalibration is a service that requires a lot of skill, patience, and testing. It’s imperative that your camera and sensors are set up perfectly, but not all technicians are qualified to perform windshield calibration. This service is so delicate that only highly trained professionals who have undergone the proper training and passed the proper testing can perform it.

When you schedule service at Max Auto Glass, you can do so with the assurance that you’ll always have a qualified professional working on your vehicle. We feature highly trained auto glass technicians specially certified to recalibrate your driver-assist safety features.

How Long the ADAS Service Takes

A simple auto glass calibration service should generally take less than an hour. This service starts with the testing and aiming process. The delicate calibration may take a while to get perfect, as even the slightest misalignment of your front camera can affect your driver-assist features.

If dynamic recalibration is being performed, your vehicle may need to be road tested to ensure that your driver assist features all perform as they are designed to.

Whichever type of auto glass calibration you’re looking for, we recommend scheduling an appointment to expedite your service and prevent extended wait times. Once your auto glass has been recalibrated, you’re free to go out and adventure like you did before your windshield was ever damaged.

Request a service quote today and drive with peace of mind, knowing that your driver-assist safety system is functioning as it was designed to.

Drive With Confidence Thanks to Max Auto Glass

At Max Auto Glass, handling all your vehicle’s auto glass calibration needs is as easy as contacting us to scheduling an appointment. We feature a team of highly trained technicians who can handle all your glass-related needs, including windshield calibration. Our specially trained mechanics have undergone the proper training to provide you with expert windshield service. We even offer money-saving promotions to help you enjoy trusted service.

Schedule service at Max Auto Glass today and trust your vehicle’s glass-related needs with the experts.

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