What Does It Mean to Re-Calibrate a Windshield?
It might look like any other normal, solid piece of glass, such as the ones in your home, but car windshields are actually anything but normal. The technology built into a lot of modern cars’ glass windshields surprises many people. With the advent of those nifty driver assistance programs, however, the window at the front of your car had to get a whole lot smarter. ADAS, which stands for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, is at the forefront of modern car technology. We know — it’s a mouthful — so most of the time experts just refer to it as ADAS. Though you may not have realized it, ADAS communicates with your windshield quite a bit.
To make sure this communication remains correct and safe, your windshield will occasionally need to be recalibrated. When, why, and how this all happens are questions that are answered below.
What does it mean to calibrate a windshield? Well, by the time we’re through here, you’ll know everything you ever wanted to know (and maybe a lot you didn’t) about glass window recalibration in cars.
When Does My Windshield Need Calibrating?
A handful of instances exist when you’ll need to have your vehicle’s windshield and ADAS recalibrated.
When these occur, you will want to have the calibration take place as soon as possible (in some cases, such as a windshield replacement, this occurs immediately following the procedure).
Here are a few examples of times when recalibration must be completed:
*After a windshield replacement
*Following wheel realignment
*Change of the car’s suspension
*If the camera has become disconnected or reconnected
*When your dashboard alerts you with an error message
If/when you have experienced any of these with your own vehicle, you will need to immediately have the ADAS calibration performed as well.
What Does It Mean to Calibrate a Windshield?
Of course, you want to know that your car’s windshield and computer systems have been aligned according to the proper specifications.
To do this, one of our certified technicians will perform one of two important calibration tests (depending on what the manufacturers require).
Static Recalibration – This form of ADAS calibration involves a stationary (aka, static) marker or target affixed ahead of the car throughout the process of recalibration.
Dynamic Recalibration – As opposed to static recalibration, this method calls for the camera and sensor systems to go through a range of movement. During a driving test, the car is driven at a constant speed on closed roads in relation to fixed objects.