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Old 02-06-2009, 08:36 AM   #1
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Default Windshield freezing

This may be a dumb question but does anyone know why my windshield has frosty every morning? I realize the physics behind condensation which in turn will freeze, but what I want to know is how the condensation is starting in the first place? I've owned 6 vehicles in my life (some new some used) and never had this issue before.

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Old 02-06-2009, 10:41 AM   #3
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if you are frosting up on the inside the biggest cause is running the ventilation system in Recirculate mode. In this mode you do not get fresh air in to the vehicle, humidity builds up, eventually carpets and seats are also damp/humid so in cold weather the inside of the glass will fog up. Just make sure recirculate is not engaged. Option 2 is just the build up of snow in the winter months lets moisture build up in your mats, the heater air hitting the mats dries out the water but the inside of the car becomes humid. Hope one of those answers your problem
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I usually drive short trips, so moisture builds unrelentingly, I suggest popping your sunroof open if you have one (the one thing they're good for) or cracking all your windows so slightly, the moisture will vent instead of building up on your windows. as for why it happens, you go in the car and bring snow with you, you breath, releasing moisture into the car, even not using recirculate I would have buildup on my windows if I didn't vent it every now and then.
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This may be a dumb question but does anyone know why my windshield has frosty every morning? I realize the physics behind condensation which in turn will freeze, but what I want to know is how the condensation is starting in the first place? I've owned 6 vehicles in my life (some new some used) and never had this issue before.Comments?
Exterior windshield frosting is caused by the poor thermal qualities of glass. The windshield cools down to ambient temperature before any other part of the car. There is no heat source to keep the glass warmer than other parts of the car ( rad, engine, roof insulation, etc). This cold surface causes any air passing over it to sublimate out moisture as frost. Condensation isn't involved if the temps are well below freezing.
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seeing the cold temperatures you are dealing with I would think twice about opening a sunroof or window, they are probably frozen shut, you could damage the drive mechanisms on them. Just use fresh air position on heater controls, when it gets above 4 degrees celcius run the AC a bit to cycle the compressor and help dry out the interior, but that plus 4 might be a while coming!
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Old 03-18-2009, 02:19 PM   #7
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Took your advice and I think it had alot to do with the floor being wet and not having a chance to dry completely. I recently made a trip and kept heat on the floor for the full 7 hours and no more issues. Thanks.
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