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Old 02-24-2008, 07:30 PM   #1
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Default Ice on the inside of the windows, does this happen to anyone else?

does anyone experience condensation turning into ice on the inside of their car windows? it happens to the winshield, all 4 side windows and a little around the seal of the rear window. two things that i thought may be the problem are a. its worse the days after i wash the car. and 2. maybe im using too hot of defrost, causing condensation that becomes ice and eventually melts. thanks for any info!
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Old 02-24-2008, 07:54 PM   #2
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is the HVAC on recirculate? That'd do it.
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Old 02-24-2008, 08:09 PM   #3
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um...i have the setting on defrost/foot blower. and the icon showing the air coming from inside the car, which i think is the recirculate youre talking about. im going to try the other way for a while, thanks sniper1rfa for the input. and also, my rear defrost will turn itself off. thats normal, right?
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Old 02-24-2008, 08:26 PM   #4
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yeah, you want the lever to be over to the left (shows air coming from outside the car). Recirculate should only be used to maximize the a/c for a short period of time, or when driving through dust clouds or something.

Defroster shuts itself off normally. If the window warms up too much, the heating elements will burn out.


oh, also, remember that both defrost settings keep the a/c compressor engaged. Just FYI

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Old 02-24-2008, 08:39 PM   #5
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great, thanks for setting me str8. and i wish i didnt have to use up extra power to defrost and stay warm, but its freakin cold. so can you have the blower on in any way that doesnt engage the a/c comp?
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Old 02-24-2008, 08:44 PM   #6
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Yeah, if you have it set to recirculate the air in the car, it won't efficiently remove the moisture from inside the cabin. When you shut the car off, that moisture condensates on the windows, then freezes in the cold.

Try running it by pulling in outside air, with the AC on in defrost mode for a while. That should pull the moisture out. If you still have a lot of problems after that, it could be because your getting water leaking into the cabin from somewhere.
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Get yourself a car de-humidifier. Its a little bag with silica gel type filling and it sucks all the moisture out the air inside the car when its standing. I got one from a company over here in the UK www.frost.co.uk . They last for a couple of months then you just pop it on a heater to re-generate it.

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Old 02-24-2008, 09:49 PM   #8
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great, thanks for setting me str8. and i wish i didnt have to use up extra power to defrost and stay warm, but its freakin cold. so can you have the blower on in any way that doesnt engage the a/c comp?

Yeah, you can. Do a search for "A/C on defrost" and you will find the instructions. Basically, there is a little switch behind that dial that is pressed when the knob is on the defrost settings. Disabling the switch disables a/c on defrost.

I did it, because I like to cruise with defrost and the foot vents on. Just remember to run the a/c occasionally to keep the compressor oiled.
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It's the running of the a/c that removes the moisture from the air. Disabling that won't help as much with clearing your condensation.
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That's been done to death.


Yeah, it's true, but not relevant at -10*F. If he wants, he can still manually enable the a/c with the "a/c" button.
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I don't get it on the front windshield but i do get it on the side windows after i wash my car. I just open the doors and wipe down the seals and windows.
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Old 02-25-2008, 10:26 AM   #12
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YES.

This happened to me about two weeks ago and I was like wtf. Also, sometimes I get massive amounts of condensation on the inside, resulting in it looking like it just rained on the inside.
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