Why does ADAS affect your glass replacement?

Automotive technology has come a long way in recent years. One significant advancement has been the development of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). These systems use sensors and cameras to help drivers avoid collisions and stay safe on the road.

While the technology in modern vehicles is great and makes life easier, it complicates windshield repair and replacement. The ADAS includes sensors and cameras that must be adjusted to preserve advanced safety systems if altered during windshield repair. Working with a trained professional who understands how ADAS affects windshield repair and replacement is critical.

Why does ADAS affect auto glass replacement?

ADAS affects your glass replacement because many systems rely on sensors and cameras integrated into the windshield to function correctly. During windshield replacement, it’s crucial to ensure that the ADAS components are reinstalled, calibrated, and aligned properly to maintain the vehicle’s safety features and optimal performance.

Knowing that advanced systems components require proper reinstallation and calibration is just one part of the puzzle. The other is having the necessary equipment, expertise, and OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) glass to ensure proper alignment and windshield calibration.

Because of this, it’s crucial to work with a professional auto glass technician like Superior Windshield Repair, who is experienced and well-equipped to handle ADAS windshield replacements.

ADAS collision avoidance systems include forward-facing cameras and backup cameras to detect:

  • Lane departure warning
  • Forward collision warning
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Blind spot detection
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Automatic headlights
  • Head-up displays
  • Lane assist
  • Pedestrian detection

Different car makes and models sport different safety systems. If you’re unsure what your car is packing, a quick online search will clarify this and let you know if and when you need windshield calibration.

What happens if you don't calibrate the windshield?

Failing to calibrate ADAS components after a windshield repair or replacement leads to numerous problems, including:

  1. Failing safety functions: the safety features may fail or malfunction, increasing the risk of accidents. Drivers that heavily rely on these features are at the highest risk.
  2. Inaccurate warning signs: An uncalibrated ADAS system will malfunction and send unnecessary warnings. These warnings can be annoying for drivers and potentially dangerous when they react to incorrect cues.
  3. Diagnostic codes: your dashboard can light up like a Christmas tree as it displays ADAS-related diagnostic codes. If you don’t know the problem, you’ll spend much time and money trying to clear the error.
  4. Liability concerns: In the event of an accident caused by a malfunctioning ADAS feature due to an improperly calibrated windshield, the vehicle owner may be held responsible for any damages or injuries that occur.

To avoid these issues, it is essential to have your windshield replaced and calibrated by a professional auto glass technician experienced in handling ADAS-equipped vehicles.

Is ADAS calibration covered by insurance?

Whether or not ADAS calibration is covered by insurance depends on your specific insurance policy and provider. Many comprehensive insurance policies include coverage for ADAS calibration as part of a windshield replacement.

Review your policy documents or contact your insurance provider directly to determine if ADAS calibration is covered under your insurance policy. They can provide you with the necessary information about coverage for ADAS calibration and any associated costs or deductibles you may be responsible for.

When filing a claim for windshield replacement on a vehicle with ADAS, mention the need for calibration to your insurance provider. This ensures they know the additional service required and can guide you through the claims process accordingly.

How long does windshield calibration take?

The time required for windshield calibration can vary depending on the vehicle make, model, and complexity of the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. However, a typical windshield calibration takes 30 minutes – 1 hour.

There are two primary methods of calibration: static and dynamic. The time required for each method can differ:

  • Static Calibration: This method involves positioning the vehicle in a controlled environment, typically within a workshop, where targets or patterns are placed at specific distances and angles. The technician then uses specialized equipment to calibrate the ADAS sensors and cameras. Static calibration can take 1-3 hours, depending on the vehicle and the systems involved.
  • Dynamic Calibration: In this method, the technician connects a calibration tool to the vehicle’s onboard computer and drives the car at a specific speed on a well-marked road for a predetermined distance. The calibration tool communicates with the vehicle’s ADAS sensors and cameras, making adjustments as needed. Dynamic calibration generally takes around 30 minutes to an hour.

The calibration process can also be influenced by the technician’s experience, availability of specialized equipment, and specific ADAS features on the vehicle. Working with a professional auto glass technician experienced in ADAS calibration is crucial to ensure a timely and accurate calibration process.

Mobile ADAS calibration expert with Superior Windshield Repair

Our professionals are trained and experienced in windshield repair and replacement. Even better, we are specialized in ADAS recalibration processes. We understand the consequences of malfunctioning ADAS features and ensure accurate calibration.

Call us for a quote at 410-263-1155 or send us an email at [email protected].