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Without seeing it it's difficult to tell if it is a failure or not,but if it is deemed bad enough for your view to be effected then it will fail.If it's a thin scratch then that won't fail,if it's a thick scratch that renders that part of the screed opaque then it will fail.It has to be deemed as excessive to fail.
If it does need replacing then I'd check your insurance and see if you have windscreen cover,if not then get a price for a screen supplied and fitted and go from there.There are proffessional kits available for scratch removal,but to be honest it would probably be cheaper for you to have a replacement screen.The scratch removal system I used to use would have taken hours of use to remove a scratch like the one you are describing,and even if you could remove you would probably find that the view was distorted through the area where the scratch was after making that part of the screen thinner.
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2004 Saab 9-5 HOT Aero and a 2001 Audi A3 1.8 Turbo
Last edited by Lagdti; 15th April 2008 at 09:08 PM.