Summer’s Winding Down
Yes, we know it’s August. But the summer flew by in the blink of an eye, and before you know it, winter will be knocking on your car door! The harsh Chicago winters bring freezing temperatures and icy sidewalks, along with constant fogging of the windshield on our cars. It is hard to get up and head to work on the cold winter mornings as it is, but with car maintenance added to your morning routine it makes it a lot harder.
Tips and Tricks to Help Your Car Survive the Winter
When you are in a rush for work, it is hard to jump in the car and go when your windshield is fogged up because of the cold and though it is the job of your defroster to clear it, it does not always get the job done in a timely manner. If you are experiencing worse problems than just your windshield defrosting or see a chip or crack, contact Frank’s Auto Glass for all your auto windshield and window repair needs.
De-Fog Your Windshield
A former NASA engineer, Mark Rober, has researched and found a couple of easy tips and tricks that will you defog your windshield in about half the time it takes your defroster. Rober explains the science behind his method, including what causes water vapor to condense on the inside of of your car and windshield. To find the best method, he tests all the different air conditioning settings mixing and matching them. His came to the conclusion of this solution: defroster fan on highest setting, temperature control on its hottest, A/C turned on, recirculate turned off and crack your windows. Watch his video to learn about the science behind why this works and how Rober came to his conclusion.
Defrost Your Windshield
Though Rober’s method is perfect for defogging the inside of the windshield, defrosting or removing frozen ice from the outside of the windshield is a different story. According to “The Krazy Coupon Lady” website there is a quick and easy way to make “De-Icing” solution. You need one part isopropyl alcohol minimum 70 percent, room temperature water and one teaspoon of liquid dish detergent. Put each of those ingredients in a bottle, shake together so they are mixed. You can spray at night to prevent ice from freezing or in the morning and watch the ice melt away. This mixture of ingredients works because alcohol has an antifreeze quality and the ingredients are affordable and easy to access.
Low Temps, High Costs
The freezing Midwest winters can cause many car troubles because of the below zero temperatures, snow, hail and ice that can not only damage your car, but make it difficult to get your car going in the morning and those damages can wrack up a hefty bill. These simple tips and tricks can help make your morning easier and help you get out the door faster and to work or drop your kids off at school on time. And perhaps best of all, avoiding damages means avoiding large unnecessary costs. If you are experiencing problems, such as damage to your windshield or windows, contact Frank’s Auto Glass and we will help you figure out the best solution for you and your vehicle.