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I live in Ottawa, it's winter time. I use the front de-icer/winshield warmer that is included in my Forte. Works great! Up until Wednesday morning where I heard a loud pop and now there's a nice symmetrical crack at the base of my windshield where the de-icer is located.

I looked around and found that in inclement weather using the front de-icer can cause weak spots in the windshield and over time can cause the crack.

I've since brought my car to the dealership and they took some pictures and have submitted the request for approval of warranty repair to have the windshield replaced. No big deal, just will save me the 300$ comprehensive deductible.
 

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Someone here had the same issue and it was approved to be replaced under warranty as a stress fracture. I'm not 100% sure they had the de-icer but nonetheless it was replaced under warranty.
 

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Could just be coincidence when I turned on the front de-icer and it happened almost immediately and because the crack starts from the end of the driver's side wiper goes up two inches, straight across to the other end of the passenger wiper and back down.
 

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So I ended up bringing it to the dealership, they took pictures and sent it off to Kia for warranty approval (which is right, how often do they have to replace a windshield under warranty). They came back with approval and did the replacement on Tuesday. Forgot to take before pictures to post them up. But it all got resolved.

@Red Rocket: Bring it in to the dealership/servicer soon before the crack spreads so they get the initial crack, mine looked horrible after a week of crappy roads and shifts in temperatures.
 

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Why not? It's under warranty for the next few years still and it really helps on those cold days where there's ice buildup by the wipers. It works like a charm for those times.
 

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I brought my car into my dealership Thursday. They found a very tiny chip (apparently from a rock or pebble) along the fault line of the crack which they said started the cracking of the windshield after going from cold to warm. Therefore, no warranty coverage. I have full glass coverage, but will wait until spring to get it done.
 

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That sucks... my comprehensive coverage has a 300$ deductible. I was ready to go that route, but glad I could keep that in my pocket.
 

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I use mine pretty much everytime it snows and so far so good (**Touch wood**) no cracks as of yet for me...but ya I love it especially when I see other drivers on the highway in a white out reaching out on the windshield to slap their wiper blades to get the ice off...
 

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I had a 1990 Cadillac DeVille when I was younger, the one time the windsheild de-icer was activated it cracked clear in half. Luckily it was replaced under warranty... but I don't think I'll use one ever again haha.
 
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