How to Remove Ice From Your Windshield

by eHow Cars Editor

You walk outside to discover a sheet of ice blanketing your windshield, and you're already late for work. Here's how to clear things up quickly and get on your way.

Start your car's engine.

Turn the heat level to high and the defroster fan level to low. This low setting is extremely important'you don't want to crack the windshield by heating it too quickly.

Apply a deicing solution to your windshield, using a spray bottle. Home remedies include the following mixtures: 50 percent water and 50 percent ethyl alcohol, or 50 percent water and 50 percent vinegar.

Scrape the ice from your windshield, using shallow downward strokes to avoid scratching the glass. A plastic spatula or credit card can do the trick if you don't have an ice scraper.

Work your way to the center of the windshield. If the ice coating is particularly thick, start by scratching a small square in one corner and then work your way across the windshield.

Tips

  • check A plastic spatula or credit card can do the trick if you don't have an ice scraper.
  • check Change your windshield wiper blades at least twice a year if they ever get iced.
  • check If the ice coating is particularly thick, start by scratching a small square in one corner and then work your way outward.

Warnings

  • close Don't put hot water on your windshield in an attempt to melt the ice. The resulting temperature difference can crack your windshield.
  • close Turning your car's heated defroster on high can also crack your windshield for the same reason.

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