Here's a handy little tip we use in our car for when it's cold and frosty.
Fill a hot water bottle and place it on the drivers side of the dash. Turn
the vents on a low speed and whilst the engine is warming up it'll defrost /
keep the windscreen clear from the heat from the hot water bottle. Saves
time and makes setting off a little safer until the engine has warmed up.
I just cover the windscreen with one of those cheapy aluminium foil covers -
that stops the frost - and also saves fuel and wear from leaving the engine
running at idle from a cold start for 10 - 20 minutes!
I had a better one at one time, simply put the car in the garage overnight -
until SWMBO discovered that *she* could find a better use for it as storage
for anything she didn't want in the house, including the bloody recycling
Know the feeling well ... our garage is full of items for either the car
boot sale (which never seems to happen) or for Justin (Just In Case). I've
often asked SWMBO why, when we have just bought something new to replace a
worn out item, she must keep the old one "Just in Case". The old one worked
without fault for years so why keep an old one in case the new one breaks
down in ... isn't that what the warranty is for?
The only downside to that is that most engine wear occurs during the period
between the engine being started and it reaching normal operating
temperature. This period is extended dramatically if you simply allow the
engine to 'idle' up to operating temperature. All car manufacturers
recommend that you drive off as soon as possible after the engine has
started because this ensures that the engine reaches normal operating
temperature as quickly as possible.
My tip for keeping my windows clear? I just put the car in the garage every
night and then it's never frosted over!
On Thu, 12 Feb 2009 10:18:50 -0000, "Ret." <xxx> wrote:
"Warming up" the engine is sounding it's own death knell, petrol
washes the oil from the bores and rings, vastly increasing wear rates.
Empty plastic milk container or lemonade bottle, fill to about an inch
with *hot* water and then to the top with cold. Unlock vehicle, start
engine, blowers on screen, switch on rear screen heater, pour water
over side windows and front windscreen to wash off all ice, toss empty
container on rear floor, drive away, job's a good 'un. Been doing that
since around 1972 and always enjoy the look on the faces of neighbours
as I drive away while they're still busily scraping.
I have used that method on every car I have ever owned, never had a problem.
I love it because unlike using chemical sprays it stops your breath from
freezing on the inside by warming the glass a little.
Same here - except we don't add any cold water. Splash liberally over all
windows (inc rear) and lights (if necessary).
But one word of WARNING... I always check the wiper blades (inc h/lamp
wipers) are not frozen to glass BEFORE turning ignition. If wiper switch
had previously been left on, or wipers were not in "park" position, it can
(and did once) wreck motor &/or mechanism... :-(
Am still trying to fathom how DIYers ever manage to squeeze a car into a
I reckon you've been lucky. I use the kettle that I made the morning tea
with, it's usually half full and I top it up with cold. Does the job fine
and is definitely not hot enough to crack a screen. I was told by a chap
who worked for one of these windscreen replacement firms that the crack is
caused because the screen actually consists of two layers of glass with an
insert in between and getting the outer glass too hot causes it to expand
faster than the inner one. Anyway, that was his story.
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