The Risks of Skipping Windshield Recalibration

The Risks of Skipping Windshield Recalibration

Whenever fleet operators and private motorists want a fast and cost-efficient windshield recalibration in Arizona, they call our licensed technicians at Arizona Auto Glass Pros. We are the leading provider of windshield and automotive glass-related services in Arizona and other nearby service areas. Our experts serve a growing list of happy customers who leave us five-star ratings on online forums and review apps.

Whether you need a windshield replacement or repair of windshield cameras and sensors in less than 24 hours, we are the business to call. Windshield recalibration requires specialized tools and technical expertise, making it unsafe for DIY crews to perform them without professional supervision. In this article, our technicians will outline why periodic recalibration is essential if you want to keep your vehicle safe to drive.

What Is Windshield Recalibration, and Why Do Cars Need It?

For most people, windshields are two pieces of laminated glass that sandwich a polyvinyl butyral layer, which keeps them from shattering in a collision. We serve many drivers who have never heard of windshield recalibration until something went wrong with their vehicle electronics, at which point they needed repairs and replacements. Modern car manufacturers pack their windshields with various sensors that safety systems use to provide driver assistance.

The following driver assistance systems have sensors integrated into the windshield:

  • Subaru EyeSight
  • Honda Sensing
  • Mazda i-ACTIVSENSE
  • Toyota Safety Sense
  • Ford BlueCruise
  • General Motors Super Cruise
  • Infiniti ProPILOT Assist
  • Volkswagen Travel Assist
  • And many others

How Does Your ADAS System Work?

If you own a vehicle made after 2011, it will have at least four radars on its front clip that will help you shift lanes, park, and maintain cruising speeds better. Short-range ultrasonic sensors will let you park more efficiently. Medium-range radars are responsible for delivering cross-traffic alerts to prevent you from running over children and small animals that might not be visible from the driver’s seat.

A windshield camera and Light Detection and Ranging sensors (LIDARs) can recognize road signs, lane markings, and pedestrians, helping you avoid collisions and drifting into oncoming traffic. Long-range radars are responsible for cruise control, an independent electronic system that maintains vehicle speeds at consistent rates over long stretches of road without driver input.

Technicians and automotive engineers call these ADAS features, or Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. According to the Specialty Equipment Market Association, ADAS safety features are now a government requirement on all new vehicle models from licensed manufacturers. It is illegal for aftermarket service providers to turn them off or alter their functions.

Why Do You Need ADAS Calibration from a Professional Provider?

Today, no regulations exist for ADAS systems, and manufacturers can make them in various configurations. For example, the EyeSight system from Subaru uses windshield and rearview mirror-mounted cameras to decipher road signs and pedestrians for collision avoidance. Mazda’s i- ACTIVSENSE relies on active sensors, millimeter-wave radars, and adaptive lighting to deliver a lane departure warning and general driver assistance in low visibility.

A licensed service provider like Arizona Auto Glass Pros has state-of-the-art tools that allow technicians to recalibrate systems from various manufacturers safely and cost-efficiently. Our recalibration specialists have decades of experience working on all types of vehicles, and many business owners trust us to keep their fleets of taxis, delivery trucks, and other service vehicles accident-free.

The Dangers of Neglecting ADAS and Windshield Recalibration

As great as your ADAS system is, it does not have a self-calibrating function that will keep it working perfectly after an adverse weather event, accident, or years of continuous use. Malfunctioning sensors and displays make driver errors more likely.

Here are a few dangers that come with neglecting windshield and ADAS recalibration:

  • Malfunctioning adaptive cruise control systems might drive your car at excessive speeds on the highway.
  • Nonfunctional forward collision systems might lead you to run over traffic cones, road signs, and animals, especially if you drive a tall pickup or SUV.
  • Defunct lane-keep assistance systems might cause your vehicle to oversteer or fail to alert you when you are veering off-road.

Your ADAS cameras and sensors must take accurate measurements, or they can become dangerous additions to your car. Our technicians are experts at static and dynamic windshield camera recalibration, which we believe thousands of people don’t even know they need.

When Do You Need Recalibration?

Our technicians recommend checking the accuracy of your windshield cameras and other ADAS electronics whenever you get your car serviced or at least once a year. If you have been in an accident or noticed that your windshield sustained a few cracks from an adverse weather event, you might need recalibration, too.

Here are a few scenarios that indicate you might need a professional assessment:

  • You find cracks on your windshield, which might hinder the function of rain sensors and cause your head-up display to show inaccurate information.
  • Bumper sensors require recalibration after a fender bender.
  • Lane departure warnings and side mirrors require recalibration if you got sideswiped.
  • You are changing to a new tire size or wheel alignment or making any modification that increases or decreases your vehicle height.
  • You are replacing your windshield.

Contact Us Today

Our technicians conduct recalibration in a controlled environment with specialized tools, which allow them to reset windshield cameras to the correct height relative to static and dynamic calibration targets. Contact Arizona Auto Glass Pros at 480-771-8784, and get a free quote for a recalibration from our team.

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