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    Drove the car last night, nothing wrong with the windscreen apart from the odd chips I've had sorted. Went down to the car this morning, just about to go to Halfords and noticed a crack about 10-12 inches long, half way up the passengers side. It comes out horizontally and then starts to bend down. The temperature last night didn't really drop (not that I could tell as I had the window open), so there was no hot, cold, hot cold situation.
    Any clues as to what might have caused it? Doesn't look like vandalism.

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    my girlfriends car had a chip in the windscreen last year and after id was sat in the boiling sun for a few hours it cracked right the was accross!

    Either this is what happend or someone was messing about in the night by your car and managed to make the chip crack

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    Quote Originally Posted by pugs,signum View Post
    my girlfriends car had a chip in the windscreen last year and after id was sat in the boiling sun for a few hours it cracked right the was accross!

    Either this is what happend or someone was messing about in the night by your car and managed to make the chip crack
    That's my problem, there wasn't a chip anywhere near the crack. The crack appeared overnight. I have three chips on my windscreen, two were sorted, one tiny chip that happened after the others were sorted and now the crack that came from nowhere lol.

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    weird ?!?!?

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    Its hard to believe but the tiniest of chips cause those nasty cracks. Had similar on my old focus had a tiny little chip which you could hardly feel. Jumped into the car one morning to head to work and there it was a nice big crack.

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    That sounds like evidence of a stress crack. Not a fault in the glass but a fault with the fitment, It can happen a few days after fitted or a few years, there really isn't a time scale on it. I would suggest looking under the trim that runs over the roof and down the side of the windscreen and check for any obvious signs of stress on the glass. IE metal touching the glass edges. There should be at least a 3mm gap either side of the screen under those trims, also check what brand the glass is and post back for me please.

    Things like this also happen when someone leans on the side of the screen with the palm of their hand. Might sound lame but there really isn't good protection for windscreens these days, all new modern models have bare glass edges just waiting to be broken. And this is our busiest time of the year for damaged windscreens.
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    Had exactly the same with my vec, cracked about half way up on the passenger side. Just appeared overnight.

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    Does it crack right to the edge? I had a chip on the black surround that I never noticed and it cracked after a while

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    Me and akeenshot paid slick a visit last week and funnily enough a conversation took place about the state of the vectra c windscreen shape at the top corners on aftermarket windscreens. I suggest requesting a dealer part if going through your insurance.

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