- Windscreen scraper
It looks like it is coming to that time of year again when the frost will be stuck on my windscreen.Posted 4 years ago
I don’t have a garage or a chauffeur unfortunately. I tried sealing my windscreen glass before but that made no difference to the thickness or the stubbornness of the ice.
What is the best windscreen scraper to buy?
Any good preventive techniques?rob jacksonMember
https://www.google.co.uk/shopping/product/6262420564248333894?q=windscreen+frost+cover&safe=active&es_sm=93&bav=on.2,or.r_cp.r_qf.&bvm=bv.56643336,d.ZGU,pv.xjs.s.en_US.QSuMw9GwAyY.O&espv=210&biw=1366&bih=666&tch=1&ech=1&psi=S2-IUrDMJbCv7AbiioD4Cg.1384673082782.7&ei=X2-IUvLIJ4nQ7AbI5IHQCA&ved=0CPQBEKYrMAoPosted 4 years agoz1ppyMember
Boxfish, you’ve no idea how annoying it is having owned a car with one (some idiot drive into it), then replacing it with a car without one, & then to add insult having the g/f lord it up constantly cause her car does have it… My new car is ace but I still miss the heated screen.
As for scraper, get one attached to a glove, cause any old credit card will clear the ice (ok maybe not frozen rain) but you freeze your fingers using one!Posted 4 years agomaccruiskeenSubscriber
The trouble with a heated screen is having a to look through it all year long, I hate how headlights and low sun flares through them and I think they make driving in winter worse because of that, even if you do save a few minutes in the morning. They say there’s nothing worse than an itch you can’t scratch, but a screen you can’t clean comes close for me.Posted 4 years agowobbliscottMember
People living in proper wintery countries seem to use ice scrapers on steroids (I don’t mean the users are on steroids). they’re on a long pole so you can get really get some weight behind them and they seem to fly through the ice. They also tend to have a brush on the other end for brushing off snow.
But +1 for heated front windscreen. It would be a reason for me choosing one car over another all other things being pretty equal. They’re even better in the rest of the year for clearing foggy windscreens.Posted 4 years agojamj1974Subscriber
But +1 for heated front windscreen.
I may be making the wrong assumption here but please tell me you are not leaving the engine on whilst you are de-icing? I am assuming this because you have a heated screen on.
It doesn’t do modern engines any good to sit idling before driving – they don’t get lubricated properly apparently.Posted 4 years agosweepyMember
I got a collapsing snow shovel, plastic blade so no scratches, long handle so warm hands and robust to apply pressure. And when the snow comes you can use it to dig out too. And clear the roof.Posted 4 years ago
Luke warm water to get rid of the last bits, then a good blast with the screenwash, I use the -50 stuff neat when winter comes.JasonMember
Warm tap water for me too. Pour it over, put windscreen wipers on and leave on for a bit, all done. It also stops to inside of the screen misting up as it is pre-warmed. Only time I have been caught out is when staying in a hotel with work.
I have heard it can cause a small chip in a windscreen to become a huge crack, but I have never had any problems- maybe that is caused by using boiling water from a kettle, which would be stupid.Posted 4 years agoDracSubscriber
Yup water I’ve done it for years and guess what never cracked a windscreen. I started doing it after a scraper scratched my windscreen meaning it had to be replaced, luckily a stone flew up and cracked it. What were the chances of that. 😉
Have a heated windscreen now though although it’s not Ford’s version so not brilliant but works well.Posted 4 years agoKarl33toMember
Another luke warm water user here, been using it for twenty years without any problems, even on chipped or cracked screens.Posted 4 years ago
If it’s really really cold the slight film of water your wipers leaves behind does have the tendancy to refreeze with the wind chill as you drive off so make sure your screen is completely dry or warmed up first.butcherMember
Water here too. It barely even needs to be warm. Just off cold. Ice melts straight away. Start wipers to stop it freezing over again. Drive away.
I always buy proper winter screenwash these days too. Costs less than a tenner, and it lasts all year for me – just dilute it come the summer. It’ll get rid of any pesky little bits without even leaving the car.Posted 4 years agovickypeaMember
After 8 winters of scraping ice my windscreen is covered in hundreds of fine scratches which are a nightmare when driving in the dark. I started using warm water but when it’s really cold, when it runs off the car it freezes into a slippery patch on the road. I’ve been trying to find a company locally who might be able to polish the windscreen.Posted 4 years agodizSubscriber
I throw a hot water bottle on the dashboard 15 minutes before I need to leave the house. The heat slowly permeates upward giving a nice clear area to see out. Plus because the glass is slowly heated it doesn’t re freeze or fog up on the inside. If you put one both sides you get a completely clear screen.Posted 4 years agomaccruiskeenSubscriber
I throw a hot water bottle on the dashboard 15 minutes before I need to leave the house. The heat slowly permeates upward giving a nice clear area to see out. Plus because the glass is slowly heated it doesn’t re freeze or fog up on the inside. If you put one both sides you get a completely clear screen.
I like your thinkingPosted 4 years agoSuggseyMember
Oh my god I have just had horrible flash backs to my days with a MKII Capri, the only way I could guarantee it to start in winter was two hot water bottles tucked down the starter motor and engine block and one next to the battery……thank god for heated screen now and retirement as I can wait till its thawed anyway 😀Posted 4 years agoTheBrickMember
bigyinn – Member
Cold water doesn’t freeze as quickly as warm water? Are you on drugs?
Its odd but true. I read about in the New Scientist a few years ago, the mechanism is quite odd. First link from google.Posted 4 years ago
I’ve heard different things regarding starting and going. Some say that starting and going straight away helps pick up oil pressure quicker. Others say it’s a definite no-no. Obviously thrashing it would be stupid, but it would be interesting to see an actual factual, scientific source on the subject.Posted 4 years agoDangerboyMember
Have bought them for everyone I know.Posted 4 years ago
They are ace.FuzzyWuzzyMember
This one from Tesco is the best I’ve found http://www.tesco.com/groceries/Product/Details/?id=263865456 not sure if they still do it though given it’s shown as discontinued onlinePosted 4 years ago
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