Windshield & Detail Frequently Asked Questions

Kalispell Volkswagen is a full service dealership offering windshield and detail services. Get answers to the frequently asked questions asked by our customers. For further assistance contact our dealership for more information.

Do I have to recalibrate my windshield after replacing the glass?

Recalibrating your windshield after glass replacement is crucial for several reasons.

Safety Systems

Many modern vehicles are equipped with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) that rely on sensors and cameras mounted near the windshield. These systems, including lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and collision avoidance, depend on a properly calibrated windshield for accurate operation. If the windshield is not recalibrated correctly, the ADAS may not function properly. Thus, potentially compromising the safety features of your vehicle.

Sensor Alignment

Windshield replacement involves removing and reinstalling various sensors and cameras that are integrated into the glass. These components need to be precisely aligned and calibrated to ensure accurate readings and performance. Improper alignment can result in misinterpretation of data or false readings, affecting the functionality of the vehicle’s safety systems.

Vehicle Performance

A misaligned windshield can impact the overall performance of your vehicle. It can affect the accuracy of features like rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlight control, and adaptive lighting systems. In fact these safety systems rely on clear and unobstructed sensor data.


Some insurance companies and state regulations require proper windshield calibration of safety systems after a windshield replacement. Furthermore, failure to comply with these requirements may void insurance coverage.

To ensure the safety, reliability, and optimal performance of your vehicle, it is essential to have your windshield recalibrated. At Kalispell Volkswagen we use special equipment and follow any manufacturer guidelines to ensure that sensors and cameras are precisely aligned and calibrated. We perform all installations by our Certified Windshield Technician.

Can I roll my windows down after replacing the glass on my windshield?

We recommend not rolling down any windows for 48 hours. To illustrate, rolling down any window can cause cabin pressure. This can cause the windshield glass to push up and off of the urethane bead. Thus, it is best to wait and give the urethane bead time to come to a complete seal.

When can I clean my windshield?

For best results, you should wait 24 hours before cleaning your windshield. For example, if the windshield comes in contact with any pressurized water it can break the urethane seal. Thus creating small leaks.

What do I do if I get a rock chip?

Any and all rock chips need to be filled within 24 hours. This is to avoid any further spreading or cracking of the glass. The replacement of the entire windshield is necessary when any rock chips or cracks are within a foot of the driver’s field of view. This is to ensure clear visibility and driver safety. These chips and cracks, when found within the immediate sightline of the driver, must be attended to promptly as they can cause distractions and obstruct the view of the road. Thus increasing the risk of accidents and compromising reaction time.

It is important to note that attempting to repair such significant damage may still result in visible distortions or a potential weakening of the structural integrity of the glass. As a result, a new windshield installation becomes imperative to guarantee a clear and undistorted view for the driver, thereby promoting optimal safety during the course of driving. Ensuring safety and providing drivers with a sense of peace knowing that their visibility remains uncompromised. You can consult with our professional Certified Windshield Technician or contact Kalispell Volkswagen in order to promptly and effectively address any further windshield questions that may arise. You can reach us at 406-756-9994.

How long does it take to replace my windshield?

Typically it takes a total of 3-4 hours to replace the glass and recalibrate your cameras and sensors.

Do I need to make an appointment for a windshield replacement?

Though we highly recommend an appointment, it is not a requirement. However, any walk-in windshield replacement customers must drop their vehicle off in the morning and leave it at Kalispell Volkswagen for the day. In most cases we can complete the replacement in the same day.

Can Kalispell Volkswagen detail my car?

We can perform interior, exterior, and full detail services. However we schedule our detail services BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

What do you include in a full detail?

The current detail services we offer at Kalispell Volkswagen are a full exterior detail, full interior detail or full detail package which includes both the interior and exterior of the vehicle. The following are the services that we include in our exterior and interior detail service.

Full exterior detail

  • Washing and Drying

We thoroughly wash the vehicle to remove dirt, grime, and debris from the exterior surfaces. We give special attention to areas such as the wheels, tires, and wheel wells. After washing, the car is dried to prevent water spots and streaks.

  • Paint Decontamination

Our team uses a clay bar or other decontamination methods to remove embedded contaminants like road tar, tree sap, and industrial fallout from the paint surface. This process helps to restore a smooth and clean finish.

  • Paint Correction

If there are any minor scratches, swirl marks, or oxidation on the paint, a paint correction process may be performed. This involves using polishing compounds and machine buffers to restore the paint’s shine and clarity.

  • Exterior Trim Restoration

Faded or discolored exterior trim, such as plastic or rubber moldings, may be restored using specialized products to revive their original appearance.

  • Window Cleaning

We wash the exterior windows and mirrors to remove dirt, grime, and streaks for improved visibility.

  • Tire and Wheel Treatment

We clean the tires, and apply a tire dressing to restore their appearance and provide a glossy finish. Then we clean the wheels and apply specialized products to remove brake dust and prevent corrosion.

  • Exterior Protection

A layer of wax, sealant, or paint protection product is applied to the paintwork to enhance shine, provide UV protection, and create a barrier against environmental contaminants.

  • Final Touches

The detailer may perform final touches such as polishing chrome accents, cleaning and dressing exterior plastics, and ensuring overall cleanliness and presentation of the vehicle.

Full interior detail

  • Vacuuming

We thoroughly vacuum the entire interior to effectively remove dirt, dust, and debris from all interior surfaces. Including carpets, floor mats, upholstery, and hard-to-reach areas.

  • Upholstery and Carpet Cleaning

The upholstery and carpets receive specialized treatment using appropriate cleaning solutions and techniques to eliminate stains, spills, and odors. In particular, this process aims to restore the original condition and freshness of the upholstery and carpets.

  • Leather Conditioning

In cases where the vehicle features leather seats or surfaces, we apply a leather conditioner to moisturize, protect, and restore the natural luster of the leather.

  • Dashboard and Console Cleaning

We meticulously clean and treat the dashboard, center console, and other interior surfaces to remove dust, fingerprints, and smudges. This step contributes to the restoration of their appearance, providing a clean and polished look.

  • Door Panel and Trim Cleaning

We clean the interior door panels, handles, and trim to eliminate dirt and grime. Therefore resulting in the restoration of their original appearance.

  • Window and Mirror Cleaning

The interior windows and mirrors are cleaned using appropriate techniques to remove smudges, streaks, and fingerprints, ensuring a clear view for both the driver and passengers.

  • Odor Elimination

In the event of unwanted odors, we use special deodorizing techniques and products to neutralize and eliminate odors, leaving behind a fresh and pleasant scent within the vehicle.

  • Interior Detailing

We give attention to intricate details such as cleaning and dressing air vents, instrument clusters, buttons, knobs, and steering wheels.

  • Final Touches

Our detail team completes the process by performing final touches, which may include polishing and conditioning interior trims, applying protective coatings, and ensuring an overall clean and well-presented interior.

Do I need an appointment for a car detail?

Yes, our detail services are available BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. To schedule any detail services give us a call at 406-756-9994.

How long does it take to detail my car?

We require a full 24 hours to complete our detail services. This is to allow the interior of the vehicle to dry completely before any scheduled pick up.