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Am I the only one who's windows freeze shut?

Discussion in 'Stock 2002 - 2005 Explorers' started by D Hook, December 6, 2011.

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  1. D Hook

    D Hook Elite Explorer

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    Now that winter is full blown, my windows have begun to freeze shut again. This happened a few times last year when I first bought my '02. I've never had this happen so often on a vehicle.

    I've been trying to figure out a solution and have been thinking about maybe using spray silicone spray (lube) on the edges of the window. Maybe spray some WD40 in the window tracks on the A pillar and B pillar? Paste wax on the edges of the window?

    Anyone else having this problem? And how did you solve it?
     
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  3. guilateen

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    I thought it was just me. Every single time it gets under 30 degrees it frozen. I'm going to try the in channel window vents and see if it helps.
     
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    i had the same problem. Since i work for an airline, i borrowed some glycol deicing fluid and rubbed it in the tracks and top or the door frame. Seemed to work just fine.
     
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    Is this deicer available to the public ive never seen such a thing.
     
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    You can buy a can of "windshield deicer" in the parts stores, think Prestone makes it and I'm not sure if it contains that Glycol, EXplorer04 mentioned. I'm gonna get a can of it tomorrow morning and give it a try on the window gaskets, think it costs around $2-$3. The label should say if it contains Glycol.
     
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    http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/we...tment-Prestone_7710026-P_N2104_A|GRP2105_____
     
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    Thanks for the ideas folks. I believe, on mine anyway, it's the rear window track, the one on the B pillar that freezes. I'm going to try spraying that one first and see if it works; if it doesn't, then I'll just work my way around the window spraying one edge at a time until I find the culprit.

    The reason I don't think it's the bottom rubber seal is that the first time this happened last year, I got out and used my scraper to free the rubber seal from the window and it still wouldn't go down. So I figure it must be one of the tracked portions of the window; either front, back or top.

    It's very annoying.
     
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    As we all know Glycol is what's in anti freeze. Winshield De-icer and Gas "Anti-freeze" additives usually have very high concentrations of Alcohol / Methanol, which evaporates very quickly. You probably don't want to use on your paint for extended periods of time either.

    A google search showed the following:

    1- Mix three parts white vinegar and one part water in a spray bottle and spray the solution on your car windows before you go in at night to prevent ice buildup.

    2 - A solution of seventy percent alcohol to water with a few drops of dish soap can be sprayed onto the windshield before one goes to bed each night. While this solution does not fully prevent ice build up, it does make it easier to remove the ice in the morning.

    3 - Mix dish soap and water in a spray bottle. The mix should feel soapy to the touch. Spray the windshield thoroughly.


    On a related note:

    Here's a trick I used years ago when unfreezing stuck door locks one (really cold) night at work. This will probably work for stuck windows as well.
    Get yourself a pot or pitcher of very hot water. Pour the liquid onto the window just above the lock/door handle area. You may have to push the glass back a bit if possible. Your door lock will work after one or two applications. Now go home, remove the interior door panel and point a hair dryer into the door internal and let dry.
     
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    will try most of these tips except the hot water on glass idea wont that shatter the glass. I was always told the the rapid expansion from the extreme temp change will cause the glass to break.

    What cant you do with vinegar. It seems like this stuff is some kind of magic oil.
     
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    Yeah, my dad cracked his windshield doing the hot water trick.

    I'm trying to find a longer term solution to this so will start trying things like floor paste wax in the side tracks, the Prestone stuff, maybe silicone spray lubricant; anything that will prevent the ice from sticking to the surface of the window.

    Exproblems, keep us posted on the results of your testing, if you don't mind. It will be a big help to all. Thanks!
     
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    Also have to be careful of the drivers side door lock freezing up. Last year, when the first major cold or storm hit, couldn't close the door, the mechanisim wouldn't engage after opening the door. Had to get out with a screw driver and force it a few times, working it back and forth. Spray it with wd 40 or a good silicone spray.
     
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    Ok

    I would not want to roll my windows down when its that cold, getting into a cold vehicle is bad enough, once it warms up inside they should roll down just fine if you want some cool air to blow in. My concern would be on the door jams freezing up and not being able to open door to get in :rolleyes:
     

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