If you find yourself needing your rear vent glass replacing, whether you own an SUV, a truck, a car or a van, the myWindshield network of automotive glass professionals should be your first port of call every time. Our partners are experts in every aspect of vehicle glass, so they can not only repair and replace windshields, they are also experienced in the rather more complex replacement of rear vent glass too. When it comes to repairing or replacing your car glass - we can help, whatever the make of vehicle you drive. Our network covers the whole of the US with 300+ fully-equipped mobile call-out technicians, and repair shops handy for every state, and we give you access to them all with our simple online quote service. We’ve done away with the need to ring around local auto glass companies, trying to find someone to replace the glass on your vehicle. There’s no need for interminable internet searches such as ‘rear vent glass replacement near me’ – we’ll give you all the contact details for the auto glass technicians near you. Whether you need same day or next day services, our well-established and certified network members will work to the highest standards, completing the task both rapidly and cost-effectively. To get your back vent glass replaced fast and at the best price, simply request a no-obligation quote, and choose the deal that’s right for you.
We've drive-in and call-out services available
It’s never a good time for your vehicle to have damaged glass, so we try to minimize any inconvenience by making it as simple as it can be to get glass repair and replacement services. One of the easiest ways to get your rear vent glass problems sorted out is to call out a mobile glass technician. Our mobile partners have vehicles that are as well-equipped as any repair shop, and they can come to you wherever your vehicle happens to be. You could be in the comfort of your own home, at work or stranded by the side of the road – so long as there is room for the technician to work, they can do the job there and then. The biggest restriction on mobile glass repairs is the weather. The repair vehicle will usually have some form of weather-proofing available, but in severe weather conditions, a mobile repair is not recommended, and you would be better off going to your local repair shop – simply ask your technician for advice when you make your booking.
If you choose to drive-in for a repair to your nearest repair shop, you will have the benefit of an indoor waiting area, which can be much nicer than a roadside wait, and would be a better option in extreme weather. Whichever you choose – call-out or drive-in, you will get the same high standard of customer care combined with an unbeatable quality of workmanship when you get your car, van, SUV or truck glass replaced by a member of the myWindshield network.
Rear vent glass – what's it for?
There are usually several odd-shaped pieces of vent glass fitted around your vehicle, and they are often overlooked when discussing vehicle glass. They do, however have important functions. You may have at least two rear vent glass panes on each side of your vehicle, depending upon the shape and configuration of the bodywork. There is often one behind the rear retractable window, which allows the rear window glass to descend further into the door (the rear wheel may occupy the corner of the door, and the vent glass sits above this section). There may also be another one next to the rear windshield which allows light into the passenger cabin, and greatly increases the driver’s field of view.
The reason these little windows are called ‘vent’ glass is that in early vehicles without air conditioning, their role was literally as a vent. Early vent glasses could swivel or tilt open, letting a stream of air in to cool the vehicle and releasing used air. However, these open vents caused drag, and as air conditioning became more common in production cars, it was deemed more fuel-efficient to drive with vents and windows closed, and the air con turned on. Vents that open have not been fitted to production cars for about the last 20 years – you still see some out on the road, but they are increasingly rare.
Can vent glass be repaired?
The majority of vent glass panes are made from tempered glass, which is hardened by heating and cooling, and cannot usually be repaired (unlike the laminated glass used for windshields, which can easily take surface repairs). Tempered glass has a hard surface, and is pretty resistant to damage, but if it gets a sharp blow, it will tend to break into small pieces. This property makes vent glass a target for vandals and thieves who like to break one of these panes to gain access to your vehicle. The upshot is, that a tempered back vent glass will usually need to be totally replaced following damage.
On the other hand, there are some high-end vehicles that have laminated glass all-round, including the rear vent glass. Laminated glass is better at reducing road noise than tempered glass, so certain luxury cars use it for increased comfort inside the cabin. A small chip may be repairable on a laminated vent glass, but as a general rule, damage means fitting a replacement pane.
Your vehicle glass is important
For most cars, SUVs and vans, the glass contributes around one-third to the overall strength of the vehicle’s structure. This means that a damaged pane (even a small one like your rear vent glass) can compromise that strength, and if you are in a collision, this can be crucial to the safety of you and your passengers. It’s not only strength you need to worry about – security is another factor to consider. A damaged or broken glass pane is practically an invitation for an opportunist to break-into the vehicle and steal the contents or drive the vehicle away. A damaged vent glass needs to be replaced as quickly as possible.
The good news is that with same day and next day services available, you can trust a myWindshield network member to do the job for you - quickly and efficiently. They will source the appropriate piece of glass, prepare the vehicle and fit the new pane to make your car, truck, SUV or van secure and roadworthy again, and looking as good as new. With members spread all across the US, you’re never far from one of our mobile technicians or repair centers, and they all work to the highest standards of quality and customer care. For rear vent glass replacement, windshield repairs or any other automotive glass requirements, look no further than the myWindshield network of vehicle glass experts.