Getting ice build-up on your car's windshield is inevitable in the winter, and on cold mornings. Luckily, there are a few different ways to remove the ice. Here are some tried and tested ways to quickly remove ice from your windshield.
Before you attempt to get rid of the ice on your windshield by using warm water, consider the outdoor temperature. If it is cold enough outside to freeze the water, using warm water is useless. All you are doing is providing another layer of potential ice on the windshield. However, if you still have some ice leftover from the night before, but the forecast shows mild temperatures, pouring warm water on the windshield should work just fine. Make sure you do not use hot water! This can crack the windshield and necessitate a windshield repair.
Use an Ice Scraper
Perhaps one of the most common ways to get rid of ice on your windshield is by using an ice scraper. Ice scrapers look similar to squeegee's, except they have a sharper edge that lets you scrape the ice off. They are made of materials that will not scratch your window. If you attempt to use a scraping tool, never use anything not specifically made for de-icing a windshield. Most other tools will scratch it. If you don't have access to an ice scraper, you can try using a regular squeegee. They work best if the ice is a thin layer on your windshield or if it is soft ice. Once it hardens and becomes solid, it gets more difficult to remove.
Turn On Your Car
If you have a little more time to dedicate to de-icing the windshield, you can turn your car on and use the defrost setting. Turn the car on and keep it in park. Let it idle for several minutes so it starts to warm up and turn on your temperature gauge to the defrost setting. If it is currently freezing outside, don't set the defrost to high, but keep it on medium instead. Otherwise, hot air on a freezing cold windshield could cause cracking. It can take several minutes for the defrost setting to work on de-icing your windshield, so be patient with it.
Even if you take all the necessary precautions, you may have accidentally cracked your windshield while trying to remove the ice. Contact your local auto body repair shop to repair your windshield. In many cases, it doesn't need to be removed entirely.
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