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Frosty windshield #7020090
10/17/20 10:37 PM
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It is getting to be that time of year...
RainX helps, but I'm thinking of buying something like this

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Re: Frosty windshield [Re: AJE] #7020095
10/17/20 10:53 PM
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A heated Garage works much better.

Re: Frosty windshield [Re: Dirty D] #7020101
10/17/20 10:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Dirty D
A heated Garage works much better.



and I was thinking 29.99 sounded kinda pricey now your talking 29,990.00


America only has one issue, we have a Responsibility crisis and everything else stems from it.
Re: Frosty windshield [Re: AJE] #7020103
10/17/20 11:02 PM
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the concept is there , I am curios how convenient it is to take off and put on

report back how it works


America only has one issue, we have a Responsibility crisis and everything else stems from it.
Re: Frosty windshield [Re: AJE] #7020107
10/17/20 11:07 PM
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Get a ice scraper with a brass edge.

https://www.snowjoe.com/products/snow-joe-edge-ice-scraper-with-brass-blade

Once you get one and use it , you will never want a plastic one again. Cleans in one pass. Lasts for years. Doesn't scratch the glass.


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Re: Frosty windshield [Re: AJE] #7020108
10/17/20 11:08 PM
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Better hope you don't get a freezing rain. Seen people put cardboard on in the winter. After a freezing rain they were scraping a long time.

Re: Frosty windshield [Re: AJE] #7020121
10/17/20 11:54 PM
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I just run the vehicle for 5-10 minutes with the blower on high.
I can see how some might be concerned letting the vehicle run for 10 minutes in the morning with global warming and all.

Last edited by Boco; 10/17/20 11:56 PM.
Re: Frosty windshield [Re: AJE] #7020166
10/18/20 05:23 AM
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let the vehicle run a little while it good to let it warm up

Re: Frosty windshield [Re: AJE] #7020176
10/18/20 05:45 AM
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Bucket of Rather Hot water

Re: Frosty windshield [Re: mole] #7020210
10/18/20 06:44 AM
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Originally Posted by mole
Bucket of Rather Hot water


No! My mom did this when I was a kid. I sat in the car and watched a crack shoot across the windshield the second the water touched the glass.


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Re: Frosty windshield [Re: maintenanceguy] #7020231
10/18/20 07:17 AM
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Originally Posted by maintenanceguy
Originally Posted by mole
Bucket of Rather Hot water


No! My mom did this when I was a kid. I sat in the car and watched a crack shoot across the windshield the second the water touched the glass.

X2
Not a good idea, especially with newer cars. Windshields are purposefully very thin now to save weight. Thermal shock will ruin one very quickly. I've seen many a windshield replaced on modern cars from just going over a hard bump.


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Re: Frosty windshield [Re: AJE] #7020368
10/18/20 10:01 AM
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do not use hot water

even a drinking glass of hot water can shoot cracks across your windshield. the exterminator at my wifes work last year was from the Caribbean islands his daughert did just this , glass of hot water pop the windshield cracked.

Now some one will call me a horrible fuel waster , the will likely say this as they pull their car from the heated garage that was kept at 50 all night.

I just go out ad start up the vehicles about 15 minutes before it is time to go

dust off just enough snow to get the drivers door open and start and set the defrost to high

10-15 minutes later the snow has kept the heat in and the snow can be pushed off

I am more tempted to get one of these https://www.fleetfarm.com/store/det...pBhWNyZb55iSJWXBBKTbNDHA4wxoCz3gQAvD_BwE

saw them using something similar at a car dealership a bunch of years ago , I have been using a car wash brush but the foam car squeegee would probably work better


freezing rain is bad


America only has one issue, we have a Responsibility crisis and everything else stems from it.
Re: Frosty windshield [Re: GREENCOUNTYPETE] #7020384
10/18/20 10:18 AM
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Originally Posted by GREENCOUNTYPETE


I am more tempted to get one of these https://www.fleetfarm.com/store/det...pBhWNyZb55iSJWXBBKTbNDHA4wxoCz3gQAvD_BwE

saw them using something similar at a car dealership a bunch of years ago , I have been using a car wash brush but the foam car squeegee would probably work better



I have had one for years. They are the bomb. Car dealerships have been using them for a long time. Way , way better than the silly snowbrushes. I've seen people use a push broom , but some of them can scratch your paint.

I modified mine (Tim Allen in me...lol) get a 4ft-6ft extendable painter's pole. Look for one that is easy to extend with winter gloves on , not fussy. I have one ( can't remember the brand) that is easy to operate with gloves and the handle is covered in black foam like material which is nice in the cold and gives you a better grip.

You can clear off a decent sized car in under 2 mins with little effort. The pole I have gives you the length to clear off a taller vehicle like an SUV with ease. Also with the added length you can pull the snow off from a slight distance having it drop at your feet as apposed getting it all over you.

Got one for the girlfriend , she hated cleaning off her car , took a while and got snow everywhere. She loves it so much , she now helps her neighbor's clean their cars.


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Re: Frosty windshield [Re: AJE] #7020385
10/18/20 10:18 AM
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While Iam in my underware...sipping my coffee....I push that top button and hold it for 5 seconds...and the truck starts up....and the on board computer figures out if it needs heat or AC....and automatically turns the defroster on. And you dont have to pre set any controls the night before.

Love them GMC s

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It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.
Re: Frosty windshield [Re: AJE] #7020386
10/18/20 10:20 AM
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That's a well worn fob Nessie.

Re: Frosty windshield [Re: Crit-R-Dun] #7020394
10/18/20 10:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Crit-R-Dun
That's a well worn fob Nessie.

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Yup....it belongs to my 2015...


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Re: Frosty windshield [Re: AJE] #7020413
10/18/20 11:04 AM
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A couple more tips to make your life easier. Like AJE said , Rain-X on the windshield helps. Go one further , now is the time to get a good coat of wax on your vehicle before the cold weather sets in. Makes it much easier. The snow just slides off and keeps your vehicle cleaner with all the salt/dirt on the roads.
Clean the inside of your door jams. The dirt that collects there holds water which causes your doors to freeze up. Wipe down the rubber weatherstrip on the door and put a little silicone on a rag and wipe them down to keep it free of dirt and water. Squirt a little graphite into your door lock to keep that from freezing.
If possible put your wiper blades upright into the air overnight just before a snow event. Some cars you can do this , some you cannot.
DO NOT try to break loose frozen wiper blades from the windshield by just turning them on. Gently pry them loose before using. I've seen many a wiper blade and wiper motor ruined by this. Some manufacturers purposefully make the end of the wiper arm where it connects to the wiper motor stud out of aluminum. This way the wiper blade breaks instead of the motor.

Also , if your vehicle is having difficulty starting now , It will get much worse when it gets cold. First really good cold snap the tow truck guys are buried for no-start problems. Batteries fly off the shelves too. Tire shops get clobbered after the first snowfall , long lines and waiting. No lines right now.


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Re: Frosty windshield [Re: AJE] #7020425
10/18/20 11:15 AM
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In lieu of auto start, a kid will work in pinch.

Re: Frosty windshield [Re: AJE] #7020436
10/18/20 11:28 AM
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Here's a way to beat cold seats and a frosted windshield. I use a small heater setting on the drivers side floor and just leave the setting on low or where ever you want it. I run the cord thru the bottom of the door (weather stripping seems to give, never pinching the cord) when I shut it. I have an extension cord running from my cabin to where I park my truck. Been doing this for 20 years. Never had a problem. Use a little bit of elec ? Sure, but a warm cab or clean windshield is worth a few dollars to me. Especially if I get called out in the middle of the nite for my job. Or early morn before sun up going to run my line [Linked Image]
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Re: Frosty windshield [Re: AJE] #7020507
10/18/20 01:10 PM
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And just so you know......All batteries are only good for 5 years....reguardless of mileage....So if your vehicle is 2016 or older, replace that battery


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