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Old 04-23-2011, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Denver
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I inherited three old cars and trucks. Today I paid for three new windshields. All of the cars had windshield reflectors when not being used.

The reflectors reduce interior heat and protect the dash. That much is known.

I do know that reflective material is known to cause double pane windows to crack.
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Old 04-23-2011, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Inland Empire, Calif
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Never heard of those reflectors to cause any damage, and have had tinted windows in my home for years with no ill effects. I know the builder said tinting would void the warrantee on our windows, but we never had a problem and neither did any of the people around us who tinted their double paine windows. I think it's an "Old wives Tale"...!!!
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Old 04-23-2011, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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Old cars windshields were made differently, and fit less perfect, than today's modern ones. When they would swell from the car's heat they were suspected in cracking against the frame. I don't think it's been proven either way. Maybe "MythBusters" can try to solve this mystery. With a car's interior temperature reaching 200 degrees I guess it's possible for an old car. I've actually never actually heard of it happening, but I can see where it's possible.
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Old 04-24-2011, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Denver
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The years are 1986 Gift for my brothers truck), 1990, and 1998. The 1963 truck has a livable windshield.

I don't know what is considered "old".

All of the windows had several cracks while just sitting there....with a windshield reflector. Denver gets kind of hot on ocassion but not like a desert.

I was fond of my late parents and just can't stand getting rid of all of their stuff. Their stuff helps me "re-connect."
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