Frozen windows! any ideas?

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  1. prybry

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    The windows on my truck are constantly frozen shut! Winter in MN sucks!

    I get them freed up and then drive around and they get warm... as soon as the truck sits and gets cold again they are once again frozen solid.

    Is there anything you can put on the gaskets to keep them from freezing to the glass?
    I'm thinking maybe Rain-X? I don't want to use WD-40 or anything oily because it will make a mess.

    Any ideas?
     
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    no solutions,
    but feel your pain,
    happens in all my cars even with manual windows
    as you said I wouldn't lube the glass/gaskets as that would make a mess
     
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    Kind of the same issue, my doors tend to freeze at times. I just coated my door seals on my truck with WD-40 Silicon spray. I spray it on a rag and wipe it on. It was a little icy this morning and all was well. The Silicon wasn't oily or messy btw.

    https://www.wd40specialist.com/products/silicone-lubricant/
     
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    Just a far out idea. Could you cut a piece of flexible foam and trench it so it slips over the window edge. It shouldn't freeze or as easily or at least separate easier. Put it on when you park. Remove when driving. The foam used in the guards on a bmx when you were kid. Also used as alternative to white foam in large packaging. Never tried it just an idea.
    Jim
     
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    When I lived in snow country and worked on boats I put boat shrink wrap over my truck cab at night and during the day at work, and it solves several issues .
    I closed the fabric in the door jamb to hold it from being taken and or blown away and it keeps prying eyes from snooping . it also covers the door locks so they are nice an dry not to mention keeping the wind shield dry .
    If you find a boat shop that does shrink wrapping usually they will sell portions pretty cheap . In the spring some will even give it away when they unpack the boats. mine covered the whole front of the truck all the way to the ground thus retaining the warmth .
    I prefer the material that has not been shrunk as I use it for other things too.
    I was the first to be able to leave work while every one else is still scrapping off their wind shields. almost like being parked in my own portable private garage.
    No matter what kind of snow nor how much ,it slides right off, and if you do have to shovel it you don't have to worry about scratching your car.
    I wouldn't live in the mountains with out it.
     
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    Ethylene glycol? I know it doesn't last very long when exposed to air but it was the first thing that came to mind, and it is petroleum free so it won't react with rubbers or foams.
     
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    I was thinking car cover, when it freezes here I throw an old blanket over the cab. Seems to work. Otherwise I bring out a pitcher of warmish water and run it over my windows.
     
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    I’ll admit to doing the water thing once after an ice storm and having a thick layer over the entire car. Was mostly so I could get the door open to turn the car on and start the defrosters. But you have to be real careful doing this and never use hot water or you can crack the window from the rapid temp change.
     
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    My windows on my 2017 Grand Cherokee Summit just started worked again this week. You would think they would have something to fix this problem by now. They have heated mirrors, why not the inside of the door edge?
    It is 55F here right now and raining. And it's supposed to drop to 10 tonight. So I imagine they'll go back to being frozen shut again.
     
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    wonder if its something in materials used,
    don't recall it occurring on cars +20 years ago,
    started on my 1997 neon, also occurred on 07 jeep patriot, 04 jeep liberty, 03 Jaguar, 14 buick,
    neon and jeep have manual windows so not a matter of power windows motor
     
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    I've heard of spraying with Isopropyl alcohol but 70% so that it does not evaporate as quick.
    It melts the ice on contact since it has a much lower freezing point.

    But I'm in Texas so haven't tried it.
     
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    If it's freezing in the mechanism inside the door, that's hard to fix without taking the door panel off. If the glass is sticking in the channel, some sort of non-freezing coating would help. Thin layer of Vaseline came to mine, but that could be messy with dust sticking. The WD-40 suggestion sounds better. Unless you have good gaskets otherwise, I would avoid pouring hot water on it. I've seen people do that, then the excess water inside the door caused multiple freezing problems later. Doorhandles, locks, windows.
     
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    I have had it with every car/truck I have owned in MN but typically once the car/truck warms up the windows work just fine. Its a pain for sure but part of living up here I guess.
     
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    A roll of blue painters window/trim tape., half on glass and half over metal. put on for freezing overnights or long term parking during day. Makes water seal an easy to peel off. A little piece over door locks keeps them from freezing up also.
     
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    Yea HOT water is no bueno

    https://jalopnik.com/for-the-love-of-all-that-is-good-do-not-pour-boiling-w-1821771278
     
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    Not trying to be funny, just from Tennessee, so not a lot of experience with sustained cold weather...

    Why would you want your windows down in sub freezing weather?
     
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    It's SOP if your driving on ice (ice fishing) and real handy to have them freed up driving along river/stream roadsides in case you slide off and go into the drink. Not to mention going thru toll booths if you don't have EZ pass.
     
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    Mixture one third isopropyl alcohol and two thirds water in a squeeze bottle
    never freezes.Spray on and defrost.
     
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    We used deicer spray when i was in fairbanks
     
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    So you can stick your head outside the window in a blinding snow storm to follow the yellow line.
    And going through the bank's drive through.
    And in the event the inside fogs up because you put something wet inside, putting the window down and up again is an easy way to clean the fog off the inside of the window.
    We might have some smokers here who want to crack the window, too.
     
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    Silicone spray on the tracks / gaskets around the window......doesn't really leave a mess, and it works.
    Born and raised in Buffalo, NY......so I speak from experience.....lol
     
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    Stick with a snowmobile and all this goes away.
     
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    The drive through is a big pain with a non working window ☹️
    I’m going to try a few things...
    I’ll report back when I find a solution.

    Thanks for the ideas so far...
     
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    I have this problem with my 97 Dodge ram too. Both window frozen shut. The last Ram I had, only the passenger window would freeze. My Explorer, never froze.

    Years ago, never heard of windows freezing shut. The new ice we have these days must be more intense. :)
     
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    I had a truck with LED headlights that wouldn't get warm enough to melt snow off. After messing around with some different things, I finally found that cheap hairspray would keep snow and ice from sticking to the headlightsfor a day or two. Not sure if it would work well on the window seals, but it might be helpful to you.

    Plus once you have the window down you can fire up that Poison cassette and enjoy the memories as you smell the hairspray fumes again :4:
     
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    I found something interesting at Fleetfarm today...
    It’s a Teflon silicone spray from DuPont called Ice and Snow.
    It’s intended for spraying the inside of snowblowers, snow plow blades and snow shovels.
    So I bought some and sprayed it along all the window seals... also sprayed some on the plastic just below the windshield wipers it keep the ice from building up at the base of the windshield.
    I’ll see how that works and report back...
     
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    i've got those rain guards over the tops of my windows. dose not help with the freezing, but dose allow me to leave my window down just a tad. the windows on my 1500 seem to freeze at the top so this solves my problem. if we have wind and snow i sometimes have to brush snow off the drivers seat after its parked for some time. sub 0 degrees, window about half way down, heater on full blast, the only way to drive in the winter. fresh air!
     
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    Just take the windows out during the winter....
    Sorry had to.
     
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    And put the storm windows in. :)
     
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    When I park my car I leave the window down just very slightly. It's still touching the weather strip on top, but has a good 3/16" of travel to fully close yet. Then when I get in I can usually go up with the window and it clears the frozen seals on the bottom. It doesn't always work, but it has helped quite a bit.
     
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    Looks like we're going to get a chance to try that out Tuesday morning! :p

    <---In Euless
     
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    How about some alcohol-based hand gel sanitizer!?! Smear some on there while they're thawed out.
     
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    Well so far so good!
    The Ice and Snow spray seems to make a difference... the truck sat all day Sunday and got snowed on.
    This morning at -2 F all four windows opened with out even a pop or crack.

    I'm thinking about other places this stuff could be used... one idea was spraying the inner fender liners and wheel well corners to keep the snow buggers from clinging.
    I'll give that a try next...
     
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    Would the die icer that is in a spray bottle work to help free the windows ?
    Prov 27 : 17
     
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    Does it streak the windows?
     
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    Especially on older vehicles, that may have a little more side to side play in the window track, I had sometimes had luck just giving it a couple of thumps with your fist outward, around the edge. I haven't had a vehicle with this problem for a while, but I like the ideas of something preventative.
     
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    It doesn’t appear to, it does leave a film right along the glass where I sprayed it.
     
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    Didnt read the whole thing, but Pam(tm) cooking spray or generic supposedly works.
     
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    Silicone is what we use here in Skandinavian winter.
    You know those shoe shine things with a sponge at the cork, they are the same stuff.
    For windows if it's really bad, we put raw wiper fluif (-80C) in a spray bottle and use that. The tractor shop should have it. Makes life a lot easier.
    A fleece blanket is also usable, throw it over the windshield, put ends between doors so it says in place. If you have a garage, take the blanket in the bathroom to dry overnight.
     
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    i keep a puddy knife in my cars just insert between window and seal and slide sideways
     
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    Well the Ice and Snow spray seems to work perfectly!
    The truck has been through a couple heavy snow storms and deep freeze cycles and all four power windows are still free...

    The next time I wash our car I plan to try spraying the fender liners to see what it does to prevent snow boogers from building up.

    If it works there, I think I should make a deal with DuPont to buy it and market it as “No-Booger”!

    Prybry
     
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    Have you tried this?

    citytruckfire1.jpg
     
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    I've read shaving cream can work similarly to the wd-40 solution, but I've never tried it.
     
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    Perhaps one of the dry lube sprays might do the trick, i know several are water displacing
     
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    A garage!
     
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    What do you need the windows down for especially when the truck is still cold? I haven't tried my to see if my windows get frozen but by the time I get anywhere where there is any type of drive thru the truck is already warmed up.
     
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    Are your window seals in good shape? I only ever have this issue with my truck when the felt starts to wear off the seals.
     
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    That would be the first one I'd try. Did you ever do that?
     
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    Also, I drive with the heat cranked blowing on the windshield to keep the current snow/ice fall from collecting and freezing on the windshield while I drive. It's roasting inside. I put my window part way down.

    Heck, I'm hot all the time and I'm claustrophobic. Half the time I'm driving in the winter I have my windows down an inch or 2. I hate being completely enclosed in the car.
     

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