- Sep 25, 2020
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- 2001 Ford
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I wouldn't pour water on the windshield, personally. What I do when there's frost/ice on my windows is start the engine, set the heater on defrost, and the fan on high. If I have a rear window defroster, I also turn it on at the same time as I start the engine. Then, while I'm waiting, I brush the snow off the vehicle, and grab my (PLASTIC!!) scraper. I start scraping on the side windows. Do all of those, then move to the back window. Once that's done, the windshield has softened enough to be able to scrape it.I attempted to put the key in the door lock, but it wouldn't go in. After a minute I realized it rained and water froze in the lock. I went inside to get some warm water to put on the lock so I could get the key in the lock. When I tried to open the door it took a bit of a tug to get it open because the ice almost glued the door shut. Then I had to de-ice the windshield. I got another pitcher of water, cold water so I wouldn't crack the windshield, and the water froze to the windshield and the driveway upon contact. It was 26° this morning. That's not terribly unusual here. What is less common is having it rain in the middle of the night and freeze that fast.
Cold water is ok to use in the temperatures we have here. If it was 10 degrees I would hesitate to use water at all, plus it would just freeze again. Typically, we get frosty mornings around 30° or so with a little bit of frost on the windshield. Friday morning it dropped down to freezing, then it rained and the water froze when it hit cold objects. Usually, when the rain moves it it brings the temperature up above freezing and this isn't a problem. Plus, I park under a tree. That prevents frost on the truck most of the time. I have a plastic scrapper somewhere in the garage that I take along with me if I go someplace where I needit, like Lake Tahoe. And no, the ice scrappers are made for windshields, so they don't scratch.I wouldn't pour water on the windshield, personally. What I do when there's frost/ice on my windows is start the engine, set the heater on defrost, and the fan on high. If I have a rear window defroster, I also turn it on at the same time as I start the engine. Then, while I'm waiting, I brush the snow off the vehicle, and grab my (PLASTIC!!) scraper. I start scraping on the side windows. Do all of those, then move to the back window. Once that's done, the windshield has softened enough to be able to scrape it.
Will scraping the frost/ice off the windows scratch them? It can. You can even break the window, if you hit it too hard in the wrong place. But, it's either that, or idle your engine forever and a day while you wait for the frost to melt.
I'm actually OK with the climate here. It gets a bit hot in the summer, but humidity isn't a problem. It can get a bit chilly in the winter at times, but it is usually just cool and damp. Rain coming in while it's freezing occurs here, but it's unusual enough that it's a bit of a surprise when it happens.Or put the vehicle in a garage.
Or move to Mexico or Florida!
Sounds like he's just not too good at flirting.Yesterday, I drove the truck over to the river and took a walk in the American River Parkway in the cold rain. Halfway through the walk an officer on a horse (Park ranger or sheriff, I'm not sure), asked me what I was doing. I told him I was taking a walk. He said it is raining. I said, "I know." He told me I was dripping wet. I told him he, and his horse were dripping wet. I then asked him if there was a problem or concern regarding my walking through the park. He said, no, it's just unusual to see someone taking a hike through the park in the rain. I told him it was unusual for a ranger to show up on a horse in the rain.
I don't know what that was all about, so, whatever.
And it's really not unusual to see people hiking in the rain.