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Posted by Michael Pardee on January 18, 2006, 12:11 pm

Afraid so - it is likely to crack the glass. A friend who lived in Kansas
(where it can get very cold indeed) said he kept a pitcher of water in the
refrigerator for clearing ice. I'd think the windshield could get so cold it
would be a losing battle, but I guess it worked.


Posted by Bill on January 18, 2006, 5:33 pm

Here in MN we use warm water to recondition ice hockey rinks because it has
time to sheet before freezing.  That's why you see steam rising behind the
Zamboni.  Warm water poured on the windshield at -20F might crack the
windshield but even if it didn't it would turn to ice so quickly as to make
matters worse.  I don't know anyone who uses the de-icer solution.  I tried
it once and it made a terrible mess.  I also haven't seen a car with it's
windshield covered for this purpose.

Most ice scrapers have two sides, one with teeth that cuts groves in ice,
the other flat and sharp to get under the ice.  After a freezing rain, when
there is 1/4" of ice on the glass, it is best to first run the car until it
is putting warm air on the windshield.  Then cut grooves in the ice with
once side of the scraper and peel away what remains with the other.  The
side windows can really be tough after a freezing rain if the temp drops
much be 10F.

Posted by Michael Pardee on January 19, 2006, 12:35 pm
Thanks for the tips! I'm fairly new to ice country and didn't know about the
groove thing (so to speak.) I have been running a portable electric heater
in the car for about 1/2 hour on the coldest mornings and that helps soften
the ice sheet.


Posted by Bill on January 19, 2006, 4:10 pm

If you are new to winter driving, here are a couple of other tips.

1.  Brush away the snow from your front hood or, when you get up a little
speed, it will fly back, stick to the warm wet windshield, and momentarily
blind you.

2.  Brush away the snow above the drivers door with your glove before
reaching in for your snow brush/scraper.  Otherwise it all falls on the
driver's seat and you will "arrive at your destination" (as the nav lady
says) with wet pants.  :-)

Despite the nuisance of dealing with snow and ice, I find winter quite
refreshing.  Spent a couple weeks in AZ last winter and missed the annual
dog sled races.

Posted by B. Peg on January 19, 2006, 1:32 pm
I'm laughing as I read this one.

Neighbor's wife was standing outside one freezing morning with a pot in her
hand.  Her car's windshield was shattered into a thousand little pieces all
over the inside of her car.

One need not wonder how the window got broken.  "I thought a good pot of
warm water would remove the ice"...and the windshield.

I managed to crack a home window with a hair dryer trying to remove some of
that well-stuck plastic solar film.  Crack is still there.


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