2014 Jeep Cherokee: Caught This Cracked Windshield Quick
July 1, 2015
Can you believe it? Our 2015 Ford F-150 just suffered a broken windshield and now lightning strikes again. This time it was the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited, and I was driving. It happened just as I rolled in to the city limits of Moab, Utah after nearly 800 miles of incident-free driving.
The rock was big enough that I saw it come off the tire of a car in the opposite lane. The only reason it didn't hit dead center in front of me is because I flinched. The result: a dollar coin-sized star, about head high and a foot to the right of my direct line of sight.
And it was perfectly ugly. Based on its size, I was sure it would grow and take out the entire windshield if I waited to have it filled back in California. I had to do something. Luckily, there was a glass shop in town between my location and the hotel where I would stay that night.
The glass guy warned that the star bordered on being too large to fix permanently. I thought it was worth the $30 risk. If it worked, the Cherokee's windshield would live on. If the crack spread, I'd only be out 30 bucks and wouldn't kick myself for not giving it a shot.
The repair looked pretty good at first, most of it invisible. A couple of small slivers were still apparent, but faint. But the ugly center was nicely filled in. It was no longer a visual distraction.
That changed slightly over the course of my 900-mile drive home. It still looks stable, but a couple of the radial arms are more visible. Maybe it's the brighter sunlight that dominates now that I'm clear of the storms. Maybe they won't break free and become a windshield-spanning crack. Then again, one of them might.
Time will tell, but it feels like $30 well spent.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 21,023 miles