Frozen Car Window? How To Fix It

Frozen Car Window?

In frosty weather it can happen that you will end up with a frozen car window. Any ice that has formed around the window rubbers of one of the windows on the side can freeze it shut. Usually you won’t even notice the issue as it’s unlikely you will open the window in freezing temperatures. However, it can be a inconvenient issue should you really need to wind it down.

It’s important if you notice that your window doesn’t go down not to try and force it down. Forcing it down can do a lot of damage, which is not really worth the risk. If you have a electric windows, for example, it could be that you damage the electric motor. You could burn out the motor by the excess pressure that is put on it by continuously pressing the button.

Equally, if you have non-electric windows then the force put on the winder could lead to damage. You could break some of the plastic pieces on the window regulator that makes the window go up and down. In some cases you may even break the window itself.

What To Do If Your Car Window Has Frozen Up

If you find that your window has frozen up when you need to lower it, then it’s best to wait a moment. Give it some time for any ice to defrost by the heat generated inside the car’s cabin. This process can of course be accelerated by turning the heater a little higher. Another option would be to use an ice scraper of some kind to remove any ice and free up the window. That said, always make sure to follow manufacturer guidelines to make sure there is no damage.

As with so many things, prevention is always better than having to deal with the consequences. One way to prevent the windows from freezing up is to treat the window seal rubbers with an anti-freeze product. This can be found in most car maintenance supply shops. Usually these solutions will contain wax or chemicals that help prevent any moisture from freezing up on the surface. Make sure to check the guidelines suggested by your manufacturer. Some types of dispersants may be bad for your particular car.

 

About Kurt Schleier

Resident classic car enthusiast and blogger at Clickmechanic.

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