How to safely remove ice off my windshield

With the cold days upon us, we wanted to share 4 easy and safe ways to remove ice off your window.

Before you begin any of the below steps, do this:

If your vehicle is parked in a well ventilated area, start the car, roll down your driver's side window (so you don't get locked out of the car), and turn the heater on to the defrost setting. Then turn the rear window defrost to the on position. 

1. The Makeshift Ice Scraper

Save an old credit card or gift card in your wallet. Place the longer edge against your glass starting from the top of the window and scrape the ice down. After you are done with the whole window, lift the wiper blades up and scrape the ice slush off the car. All done!

2. Water makes (Almost) everything Better

With this method, be careful of two things... the outside temperature and the temperature of the water. If the outside temperature is too cold (32* F or below), you will build up more ice. If the water is too hot (anything over 55* F) you are at risk of cracking the window.

With that said, pull your car around to a water source. Turn the wiper blades on medium speed and start pouring or spraying water on the window. This water will melt the ice on the windows and the wipers will wipe it away.

3. Towel on the window method

This method is the easiest of all. It simply requires you to put a bath or beach towel over the window that you want to prevent ice buildup before it starts to frost (usually the nice before). Over the evening, the frost will build up on the towel. Now, just pull off the towel and you are all set with no ice on the window. 

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Written By Eric Sevim

A+ Japanese Auto Repair, Inc.

780 Industrial Road

San Carlos CA 94070



Disclaimer: This article is provided for general informational purposes only.  It is not intended as advice for your particular vehicle, and should not be relied upon for that purpose.  Please consult a qualified automotive maintenance professional to determine the maintenance and repair needs for your vehicle.


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