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Posted by richard schumacher on January 16, 2006, 7:08 pm

Two bars is the point at which the gas engine starts itself to charge
the battery.  

Exactly.  One picks up a corner of the sheet and peels it off, breaking
away manageably small sections of ice at a time.

Posted by A Sherman on January 19, 2006, 1:47 pm

"richard schumacher" wrote :

As a substitute, I have laid  a strip of plastic (from a drop cloth or such)
across the windshield and held it in place by closing both doors on the ends.
No magnets required.


Posted by mrv@kluge.net on January 16, 2006, 5:19 pm
 Make sure that your Prius is in READY.  The front windshield defroster
uses the air conditioning compressor to make sure that only
dehumidified air blows at the front windshield (don't want to make more
ice there!).  Since the AC compressor in the 2004-current Prius is
powered by the hybrid battery, it is normal to expect the battery
charge indicator on the Energy Monitor to go down into the red bars.
Not to worry!  As long as you are in READY, the gasoline engine will
come on if the hybrid battery charge is low enough, to recharge the
battery.  No need to turn off the car.

However, for the next time, if the weatherman forcasts snow or ice
conditions, when you park your car lift up your windshield wipers.
That way, they won't get frozen to your car, and it is usually easy to
peel the ice off.  Heat will also eventually come from the gasoline
engine (since it'll be running anyways to warm itself up).  Also invest
in a good ice scraper.  (All that idling of your gasoline engine to
warm up isn't good for any car, so get some exercise scraping!)

Posted by Stan and Dee Bringer on January 17, 2006, 2:24 am

Posted by Statesman on January 18, 2006, 9:28 am
Living in Perth, Western Australia we never have ice problems.

What I found curious is no one here mentioned using warm-hot water from a
kettle to clear the ice from the window. Does this have large negative
effects on cars? Having never had an ice problem I have never had to think
of a solution.

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