Posted on November 8, 2011 by raysandsglass
We have seen some serious self inflicted windshield damage caused by customers who got got creative with improvised ice removal. And we know that nobody likes paying to replace their windshield, but it’s all the more agonizing when it is damage that could have so easily been avoided. Today we’ll give you some of the the good, the bad and the ugly that we have seen here at the shop.
The Good: Honestly, the only thing we would recommend using to remove ice from your windshield is an ice scraper. While this doesn’t help in a pinch, you should get one now and keep it in your vehicle, before you find yourself in a pickle. Another preemptive strike you might make against the ice is an application of Aquapel, which would keep the ice from sticking so firmly in the first place. But if you find yourself unprepared and facing in impossibly icy windshield, just be patient and run the defroster to melt the ice slowly – those few minutes aren’t likely to cost you more than a new windshield.
The Bad: Upon searching the internet, we were surprised to find many sites that recommend using your credit card, which is actually a terrible idea. We have replaced more than a few pieces of auto glass that were damaged by using a credit card as an improvised ice removal tool. Not only could you cost yourself a replacement, but you might end up paying for it the old fashioned way, since the ice can destroy the magnetic strip on the card and render it unusable.
The Ugly: We have heard some pretty awful ideas for improvised ice scrapers from crushed soda cans and coffee cup lids to CDs and old license plates (ouch!). We have even seen people who used a hammer to break the ice (and the windshield) or a screwdriver to chisel at it – all simply dreadful techniques for ice removal.
If you find yourself in and “iced over” situation without a scraper remember – just defrost to avoid the cost!
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Posted on October 11, 2010 by raysandsglass
I hate to say it, but winter is right around the corner. Just as we prepare ourselves by switching our clothes in the closets, cutting wood for the fireplace, and making sure our furnace is in working order, we need to get our vehicle ready for the winter months too.
Follow these simple steps to ensure your vehicle doesn’t leave you out in the cold this winter:
- Get an oil change and top off all fluids, brake fluid, antifreeze, washer fluid, etc. Get a tune up.
- Check your lights: head lights, tail lights, turn signals, etc. check them all!
- Most wiper blades last one year. If you haven’t changed yours recently, now is the time.
- Check your tires to be sure the air pressure is where it needs to be for your tires and get them rotated if it’s been awhile. If you have snow tires, it’s time to start thinking about putting them on.
- Consider having an Aquapel treatment applied to your windshield as it makes it easier to clear ice and snow from your windshield. Also consider waxing your car as it will protect your vehicle’s paint/clear coat finish and makes it easier to wash off dirt and salt during the winter months.
- Check your battery making sure the posts and connectors are free of corrosion.
- Put an emergency kit in your truck. Make sure it includes, at the very minimum, a blanket, flashlight with working batteries, pocket warmers, and flares. We also suggest you keep an extra set of boots and warm clothes, high energy bars, hard candy, and a small shovel, just in case.
- Remember to keep your gas tank at least half full. You never now when you may get stuck in traffic.
I realize that these steps may sound like a hassle; however, they can be a lifesaver in the winter months. A little preparation now, can save you big headaches down the road.
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