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Unread 11-06-2009, 09:32 PM   #1
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How to get ice off softtop windows?

I live in Ohio and i take my jeep to school in the morning. lately i have had a prob with ice (alot today)being on the soft top windows. how can i get it off quickly without scratching the windows? bc i dont hav time to sit and let the car warm up for an hour. and i end up having to unzip my windows to see when turning. which is gonna be a even bigger pain when its 15 degrees outside and im tired and not wanting to go to school anyways hhaha. and tips or ticks would be great thx

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Unread 11-06-2009, 09:37 PM   #2
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Just hit the window with your palm on the inside. Will get some of the ice to crack..... than I just use a credit card to scrape. No matter what you do they will get scratched... but they get beat up when I take the jeep through trails so it does not bother me.
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Unread 11-06-2009, 09:39 PM   #3
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Be very careful with the idea above, I did this last year and now have a nice crack that runs the entire length of the window. I just let the jeep warm up now when it is parked outside.
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Unread 11-06-2009, 09:41 PM   #4
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i was always told to pout warm water over the windows
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Unread 11-06-2009, 09:50 PM   #5
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I'm going to be in a similar position - first winter with a Jeep, no hard top, and I'm up in Kent.

As I understand it, you don't even want to TOUCH the windows when they are below freezing. Apparently, they get quite brittle.

I'm planning on making cheap covers for my windows out of a tarp or a drop cloth or something. Open the door, drape the tarp over the door, close the door, and it should stay in place. I don't know how well it will work, but give me a few weeks and I'll get back to you.

Of course, you could run with the doors off - no visibility problems with that approach.
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Unread 11-06-2009, 09:52 PM   #6
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I guess it does not get that freezing cold here in MI? I never had an issue... or perhaps I'm just lucky lol. I also try and drive the jeep only when needed
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Unread 11-06-2009, 09:54 PM   #7
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I'm going to be in a similar position - first winter with a Jeep, no hard top, and I'm up in Kent.

As I understand it, you don't even want to TOUCH the windows when they are below freezing. Apparently, they get quite brittle.

I'm planning on making cheap covers for my windows out of a tarp or a drop cloth or something. Open the door, drape the tarp over the door, close the door, and it should stay in place. I don't know how well it will work, but give me a few weeks and I'll get back to you.

Of course, you could run with the doors off - no visibility problems with that approach.
nice idea! tell me how it works
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Unread 11-06-2009, 10:05 PM   #8
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nice idea! tell me how it works
I was hoping you'd tell me.

You'll likely see ice problems sooner than me - I work out of my home, doing mostly paperwork in the mornings. I don't get out of the house until 11AM-1PM
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Unread 11-06-2009, 10:10 PM   #9
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A cheap vehicle cover that will cover the cab overnight should stop that from happening if u can't afford a cover then a tarp l anthing to keep the top from being exposed to direct contact from the moist air outside should keep that from happening. I had to do this in west Texas... It works the same as why orchard growers in Florida put tarps over the orange trees before a freeze, they won't get ice buildup on the leaves because they don't get directly exposed to the moist air which condenses when the sun goes down, therm freezes.
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Unread 11-06-2009, 10:15 PM   #10
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Move to Arizona. 88 degrees today.
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Unread 11-06-2009, 10:16 PM   #11
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They do make a 12vdc heater / defroster that will do the job for you.
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I guess it does not get that freezing cold here in MI?
The manual says the magic number is 42*.
It's colder than that in Richmond right now.........
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A few years back, I had an oil-filled electric space heater on a timer in the back of my van. An hour before I had to leave, it would kick on automatically, pre-heating my cab and defrosting my windows. A cheap space heater gets too hot - something will melt or catch fire. An oil-filled heater doesn't get above 150-200F.

Of course, an oil-filled heater is too big for a TJ, and my daily routine isn't time sensitive anymore.
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Unread 11-06-2009, 10:52 PM   #14
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a ice scraper, i'm sure walmart sells them down there. just keep the blade flat and light pressure.

last year i didn't bother putting the hard top on, the only problem was a small crack in the back window when the temp dipped below -35*C for a couple days. so as long as it doesn't get that cold you should be fine
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Get up a little earlier in the morning and let it warm up .
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