Stopping windscreen icing up

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Have any of you found a perfect method to stop your windscreen from icing up?

Some people use newspaper - but only once, when this freezes to the screen and they have to try and scrape it off they choose a different method.
 

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A sheet across the windscreen works
But I don't need to worry about frost or cold anymore I just fitted a fuel burning heater wired via a remote so I can sit in the warmth of my home and at the press of a button the coolant warms up then at the press of another button the blowers come on both on timers so I don't need to worry about a drained battery:)
 

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Not really seen somewhere get some vinegar and cool water and put into a spray bottle and apply to the windscreen the acid and natural temp of vinegar melts away snow n ice
 

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There are company's doing them I could have got 1 for my astra 10 years ago but at a cost of £500 it was worth almost as much as the car



I will look into this for the beast herb, I was always under the impression that Ford had some sort of super patents pending protection on that technology which was why all the manufacturers had not jumped on the bandwagon.
 

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I will look into this for the beast herb, I was always under the impression that Ford had some sort of super patents pending protection on that technology which was why all the manufacturers had not jumped on the bandwagon.
As far as I'm aware your right.
It was a rallying place that was selling the 1 for the astra perhaps there's a loophole for off Road use?
 

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There is a patent to stop car makers from having them available as an optional extra.
Aftermarket would be difficult to police which I'm guessing is why they are available.
I was going to buy one for mine and then realised its quite rare for me to take it out in weather that would require me to use. We have one on our focus though and is very useful.
If you are going to be using your car during cold weather and have the option to get one I would say its a no brainer
 

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Cheers for the informed feedback guys, I shall start to search in earnest on Friday when I am home alone and woman free for the day :smile:
 

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My old (L reg) Range Rover had a heated front screen which was brilliant.

If you haven't got one of those, move to LA :)
 

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The Ford Quickclear has been around since the early 1990s on Escorts, Sierras and Mondeos.

It works very well. Only problem is that the earlier versions had an array of vertical wires running through the front screen, about 5-6mm apart from each other. Once you see them it's hard to dismiss them.

I assume later derivatives are better.

To be fair tho I start up my engine and let it (fast) idle with the climate control set with the demist/defrost mode set on.

By the time I have shifted the loose snow etc the glass is warm enough to resist further icing.

2-3 minutes idle when it's sub zero outside is going to help oil circulation before putting the engine under load.

Yes, I know we're told to start and drive straight off but that's more to avoid fuel waste than because it will damage the engine.

The worst thing for an engine apart from driving hard when cold is to switch off before it's fully warm. This leaves acidic gases and damp air inside, perfect recipe for corrosion.

As previously reported my car is showing minimal HC and CO even at 140,000 miles so I presume my practices aren't damaging. (And yes, I do use all the rev range frequently).
 

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The Ford Quickclear has been around since the early 1990s on Escorts, Sierras and Mondeos.

It works very well. Only problem is that the earlier versions had an array of vertical wires running through the front screen, about 5-6mm apart from each other. Once you see them it's hard to dismiss them.

I assume later derivatives are better.

To be fair tho I start up my engine and let it (fast) idle with the climate control set with the demist/defrost mode set on.

By the time I have shifted the loose snow etc the glass is warm enough to resist further icing.

2-3 minutes idle when it's sub zero outside is going to help oil circulation before putting the engine under load.

Yes, I know we're told to start and drive straight off but that's more to avoid fuel waste than because it will damage the engine.

The worst thing for an engine apart from driving hard when cold is to switch off before it's fully warm. This leaves acidic gases and damp air inside, perfect recipe for corrosion.

As previously reported my car is showing minimal HC and CO even at 140,000 miles so I presume my practices aren't damaging. (And yes, I do use all the rev range frequently).


All my work colleagues think I am weird when I warm my car up. I tell them it's healthy for an engine! Plus it helps when its really cold for the reasons you have stated.
 

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It's cold and lukewarm engine shutdown which causes damage. Short journeys are incredibly bad for an engine. Not because of mechanical wear as often imagined but because of acid corrosion.
 

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It's cold and lukewarm engine shutdown which causes damage. Short journeys are incredibly bad for an engine. Not because of mechanical wear as often imagined but because of acid corrosion.



Try telling them that! :(


Even my girlfriend has started to listen to me. I tell her to start the car for a few minutes before going anywhere. Plus I think I have a minor case of OCD... I'd happily keep every one waiting to make sure my car is running fine! :lol:
 

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Parking the car right by the house on the drive, front forward seems to be enough to prevent the worst of the ICE building up. I just have to remember not to use my washers until the screen warms up!
 

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