In frosty weather, 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 an 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 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.
Can I Pour Hot Water Down A Frozen Car Window
In recent viral videos on social media, a popular hack is to pour hot or boiling water down a frozen window or windshield. However, we do not recommend pouring hot water on your windshield to melt the ice or snow. Depending on the weather, this can cause the car’s exterior metals to warp and the glass to shatter with the extreme change in temperatures, and can also cause problems later on.
How To Unfreeze Driver Side Window
The best way to unfreeze a frozen car window is to spray some de-icer solution. You can also create your own solution by mixing 3:1 ratio of isopropyl alcohol and water into a spray bottle. This solution will slowly melt the frost and you can use an ice scraper or rag to clean off the excess ice before attempting to open the window.
If the window still does not open, then it could be another issue such as a faulty window regulator causing the window to remain stuck. In this case, avoid forcing down the window as it may cause further damage. Instead get a professional mechanic to inspect the issue and suggest a fix accordingly.
Preventing Car Windows Freezing Up
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 t 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. Another thing you can do is use windshield covers and protectors which reduce the amount of frost or ice buildup.