Hot or Cold Water on Frozen Car Windows?

@gtargirl (5384)
United States
January 27, 2009 6:40pm CST
I just don't remember so we slowly poured a cup of luke-warm water on our car windows this morning. We're a little frost illiterate here in Southern California. Or perhaps it's just me. There's already a crack in the front window so we didn't want to have it implode from the frost. Anyhow, is it hot, luke-warm, or cold water we pour on frozen windows.
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@TnWoman (1896)
• United States
28 Jan 09
hello gtargirl it seems almost reasonable that one would pour cold water onto the frozen car windows like that. but what i always do, if i can at all get into the inside of the car to start it, that is exactly what that i do. i will let my car run for about ten minutes with the defroster on in the car while that it is running, and then when i go back outside to get into my car to drive somewhere, it is usually ready for me to go in. take care and have a beautiful evening.
@gtargirl (5384)
• United States
30 Jan 09
That was the plan. . . to get inside and use the defroster. But it wasn't defrosting very fast and I had to get my son to school. The other thing was that we were so totally not ready to see frost on anything. We have a three-car garage . . . you would think we would use it for the car when the weather gets like this. Anyway, thanks TnWoman.
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@uath13 (8227)
• United States
28 Jan 09
If the difference in temperature is too great you could shock your window causing it to shatter. Use cold water. Investing in a can of de icer would be a wise idea.
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@gtargirl (5384)
• United States
30 Jan 09
There's such a thing as "de icer?" I'm thinkin' that you couldn't get it anywhere in Southern Cal. But I got the picture . . . cold water it is. Thanks Uath.
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@uath13 (8227)
• United States
30 Jan 09
Yea, it comes in a spay can but you have a point. I doubt southern California has enough need of it to stock it. Around here in Tennessee you can find it at every department store with an automotive department.
@artaucan (97)
• United States
28 Jan 09
I believe it could be any kind, or state should I say, because water melts the ice, regardless its temperature, does that make any sense ?
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@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
28 Jan 09
ya got me I always put on defrost the scrap the ice off. can use a credit card if ya have nothing else to use!
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@thorgrym (677)
• United States
28 Jan 09
Best use of a credit card...EVER!
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@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
28 Jan 09
thor. sure is!
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@Margajoe (4722)
• Germany
30 Jan 09
Hopefully you don't break!LOL. But I must agree with the people above. Doei, Marga
@Margajoe (4722)
• Germany
28 Jan 09
Good question. If I remember correctly it was cold water. But I am not sure. Take care, doei.
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@gtargirl (5384)
• United States
30 Jan 09
Apparently, you remember correctly. It seems to be the cold water that will do the trick. Ik waz en beetje dom geweest. I'm a little wiser now.
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@Margajoe (4722)
• Germany
30 Jan 09
Gelukkig!!! Nu ben je wat wijzer geworden. Eindelijk weet ik hoe die gezichtjes werken, lol! Groetjes, tot de volgende keer. Veel liefs, Margajoe.
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@Margajoe (4722)
• Germany
31 Jan 09
You should hear me speak German, that is terrible. But, your dutch is getting better and better. My Dutch is getting rusty now that I live in Berlin. Dutch is my second language, I learned it when I was 14 years old. Somehow it does not stick, like the first language. English. Yes, I like those smiley faces, hehehehe! Groetjes, tot de volgende keer.