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I'm stumped here on what happened to my rear window. I'm at work and I go out to my car at the end of lunch to grab something out of it, and see a perfectly fine window. I go out at 3:30 to go home and I find this horrible display. I work in a building that is secluded from the public, so I know nobody messed with it. Two guys had the mowers out today at work, but I can't find a rock, and the window seems to pop up like it blew out from the inside. Anybody else have something similar happen? First time posting pictures on here.


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Wow.... that really blows man, I hope it doesn't cost you much to fix.

My car sits in the heat every day, as do most cars, I don't see how heat would have caused that. I would take it up with your company and have their lawn service questioned, and then make them pay for it.
 

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It’s just weird, because a little glass was on the outside of the car, and just a big piece fell on the inside.

Can any windshield experts answer some of my questions?

Is it possible for a rock to cause the whole window to spider like that? I want to find a rock, so I can have my company pay for it, but nothing could be found. Is it possible for the rock to just bounce off and leave that kind of damage? I called my insurance company, and have a scheduled repair for tomorrow morning, but I have a 250 deductible!!! I shouldn’t expect a change in my insurance policy for a rear windshield break, or should I? I couldn’t even drive my car home, because the whole windshield was ready to fall in, and I’m pretty sure over night it will fall. My car was about 20ft from where the grass was mowed.

Even better it was pay day today!!! I’m paid bi-monthly and I got a 3wk paycheck this week, and now I know where some of that money is going!!!

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sorry to hear about the window, thats just weird.

so that hole is the only large piece you said that fell inside the car?
also that hole is more of a square and even a rock would likely create a circular hole.

no rocks inside the car?
 

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I looked around in the back and front, but no luck on finding a rock. Ill be vacuuming the car out tomorrow. Also, what was strange was I had two long lines coming from the top of the glass all the way to the bottom on each side near the frame of the car. After driving my car into the shop for the night , I had a similar square hole on the other side from the glass falling in.
 

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There's no way that a rock would shatter the glass so unformly across the entire surface. My bet is defective glass. Glass expands in the heat, and if the seal doesn't allow sufficient expansion or if the glass wasn't made 100% correctly and expands beyond its' specification, it will shatter.
 

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Yeah Im really confused. I had about 3 engineers out with me, they thought it might be from the heat. I just found it weird that they mowed by my car today. My boss is gone on vacation, but I thought I should email him at least and tell him about it, and how they mowed by my car today. I just dont feel like I should pay for this window if it was the rock, or if its defective. Would my warranty cover this? Im thinking the autoglass person should have an idea. My car is a 2003 and has made several summers before, but Im not a glass expert thats for sure.
 

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I just talked with a friend who worked for AutoGlass Specialists and he said a rock could cause the back window to do that, because of the way its made for safety reasons. Said the curvature of the window could make it look like its coming out from pressure. Ill post tomorrow what the autoglass guy says.
 

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I've seen a back window shatter like this. Mower shot will do it.

My dad noticed his car was like this after mowing the lawn. one tiny rock will do it.
 

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That is EXACTLY what my gf's back window looked like when it got shot with a BB. at first we didn't know what was up and all that was there was a square about the size of a quarter missing near the top. we had no clue what happened untill she was cleaning out her car and brought in a BB she found on the floorboard..Since neither of us own a BB gun we assume dthat was what caused the hole.

I think the way the glass is made it automatically spiders and breaks in squares. That way if you get in a wreck, the shatterd glass won't pop other cars tires if they accidently drive over pieces of it that may not have gotten cleaned up. like some safety glass.



I would deffientlaly say a small rock, if traveling fast enough from a mower, could have easily caused it.

it also resembles the way a window looks when you throw the ceramic part of a spark plug against it lol.
 

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I have seen the same affect from rock/stone damage as well. It was a small stone, maybe 1/2" or so that a friend found in the back of his Jeep after the window blew out.

He suspected the stone caused it because he had just cleaned the truck, and it was found in the rear cargo area. The stone was small enough that you wouldn't normally pay much attention to it.

Have a good look inside - even a small stone could have caused that.
 

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This type of damage most certainly can occur from a small rock. With the exception of the windshield, automotive glass is designed to shatter in that manner. When I was still working for the Fire Dept., I carried a small spring loaded center punch to facilitate extracations. Using a center puch with a small amount of pressure on the lower corner of any auto window(excluding the windshield), will result in the same type of shatter. Chances are great that while the yard crew was mowing, a small rock may have hit the lower edge of your window. More then likely the rock bounced off due in part to the curve of the window and the speed in which it was traveling.

At least it didn't shatter during a rain storm. I hope you are able to get the glass replaced without too much trouble.

Sorry to hear of your misfortune.
 

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saftey glass isnt made so other cars can run over it without popping their tires, thats a secondary benefit. its primarily made so people dont get cut to hell by glass in the car in an accident.
 

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Thanks for the responses guys! $250 is my deductible, so I'm expecting the company to pick up that part! One of the owners knows about it now, but he just joked around asking me If I pissed off any women lately. I was kind of hoping to hear will pick up the damage.
 

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Man, that sucks. The exact same thing happened to me last month. My windshield looked just like that, but I had a spot on the lower left corner that looked like the point of impact. I had to pay $350 to get it replaced and I still don't know what hit it, I'm guessing someone threw a beer bottle at it since it was outside a bar. :(
 

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Well it's all fixed. The install guy wouldn't deny heat could do the damage, but it wasn't a very hot day, so he doubted it. It was sunny and 78 out, so the odds of the mower causing it are high. The total price for install and glass was $376, so now I'm hoping somebody steps up and pays my deductible.
 

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You know what kinda of people mowers are, they don't want to get fired. I am sure as soon as they realized what they did they took the rock home with them to hide the evidence.
 

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same exact thing happened to me about 3 weeks ago when I started my internship, EXACTLY the same, the only difference was, I was IN the car when it happened, parking. Guy with a weed-whacker shot a rock right onto it and it just shattered the whole thing. Mowing company tried telling me that it was MY companies liability since my car was in their parking lot-but I stopped that quick by asking for the mowing companies insurance certificate-the mowing company covered all of my costs. Hope you get it settled man, you should NOT be paying for it, but if you can't prove it, you'll lose it-it sucks, but your going have to prove it to the mowing company most likely. Best of luck
 

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We have fellow employee's kids that are in college, or high school, that do the summer mowing. The guy that did it is extremely nice and he kept apologizing to me, even though he never seen it happen. He told the plant manager that it was definitely possible that he sent the rock flying.
 
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