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Old 12-28-2004, 01:45 PM   #1
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Default Please help, how do you get rid of moisture in the car?

I dunno what the deal is, but every morning on my trip into work my windows are so foggy I have moisture running down them by the end of my trip. At night there's ice on the INSIDES of the each window!!!

Not only is it annoying, it's dangerous, I cannot see out of my side windows and I have to cross left across 4 lanes of traffic to get to the exit I need

Please help, I've tried just about everything and no improvement has been made!

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Old 12-28-2004, 02:14 PM   #2
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Might want to try leaving a couple small boxes of baking soda under your seats. Might help
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Old 12-28-2004, 02:38 PM   #3
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Run the AC before you park the car and run it in the morning to deal with the moisture. Don't recirc your air - have it vent and open a rear window. This works here when the temperature drops and the humidity levels are high.

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Old 12-28-2004, 02:43 PM   #4
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Dehumidifier (sp)?
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Old 12-28-2004, 03:00 PM   #5
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Get a length of nylon tube (like panty hose) or an old tube sock, fill it with that special crystal cat litter (it's just silica gel), tie off the end and throw it under the seat. It will absorb moisture. To "recharge" it stick it in the over at 200-250 for about an hour each week. when you drive the car turn the A/C on as it will act like a humidifier, but leave the vent to get outside air, not recirculation.
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Old 12-28-2004, 03:30 PM   #6
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Get a length of nylon tube (like panty hose) or an old tube sock, fill it with that special crystal cat litter (it's just silica gel), tie off the end and throw it under the seat. It will absorb moisture. To "recharge" it stick it in the over at 200-250 for about an hour each week. when you drive the car turn the A/C on as it will act like a humidifier, but leave the vent to get outside air, not recirculation.
This sounds like a home-made version of DampRid. You could try that or you could go down to Lowe's/Home Depot and get some DampRid.

http://www.damprid.com/

Either way start by seeing if you have any leaks (like in the trunk). The trunk on my Civic was leaking and I ignored it for way too long. After a few months of foggy windows, the musty smell started and I had to do something. Since I waited so long, I found at least a gallon of water in my spare tire well. I had to clean that out before even bothering with something that would pull the moisture out of the air.

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Old 12-28-2004, 05:22 PM   #7
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Take offsets advice and look for a leak.
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Old 12-29-2004, 12:35 AM   #8
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Try turning Recirculate off when the defroster is turned on. (If you haven't done this already).
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Old 12-29-2004, 01:06 AM   #9
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if it fogs up during your drive, it's most likely a combination of your own personal water vapors and moisture in the air.

running either the AC (the evaporator dries up the air) or running the heater to prevent condensation... and yeah, no recirculation.
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Old 12-29-2004, 11:32 AM   #10
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Put a couple of boxes of uncle ben rice under your seat, no kidding, you ever seen restaurants put rice in their salt shakers to absorb moisture.
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Old 12-29-2004, 11:34 AM   #11
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clean and dry all windows
drive with your ac on
adjust the heat for comfort

this should cure the fogginess

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Old 12-30-2004, 04:08 AM   #12
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The reason for all the fog in the subarus is that the ac compressor comes on when the defroster is turned on. The condensor located under the dash acumulates all the moisture in the car when the ac is on. However when the ac cycles off or you manualy turn the defrost off the moistue on the condensor gets heated by the heater core and is vapoized right back in to the car.

Having the ac on to defrost the car works well in the summer but on a cold November when it's raining out it sucks. The subaru engineers really goofed by not letting you turn the ac off. Not to mention there is no indicator to even let you know it came on. On a honda the ac automaticaly comes on with the defroster but you can turn it off just by hitting the ac button.

I think this is a new D.O.T. regulation or somthig because alot of the new cars seem to operate this way. Some jackass who knows nothig about the mechanical operation of a light switch was probably paid of by oil or ac companies to pass some sort of bill on this issue.

This also sucks because you use more fuel when operating the ac. As well your ac compressor will not last as long.

The solution. remove the Micro switch that turns on the ac when the dial is in the defrost position. You do not need the ac on to defrost the car when it's 45 degrees out! However if you still want it on all you have to do is press the ac button.

Here is the link for the quick solution. The whole job only takes about 30 min.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...ir+Conditioner
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Old 12-30-2004, 07:50 AM   #13
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No leaks to speak of, I think it was just from me getting in the car with wet hair or after a shower, then having all that snow sticking to my shoes and melting.
So far drying the windows after a drive, running the AC with the recirculation off and cracking a back window has helped quite a bit, no more ice on the insides in the morning, no more fogginess.
I think it was largely due to me leaving the recirculation on at all times. I go by a waste disposal plant on my commute and on rainy or hot days, it stinks like nothing else, so I shut out the outside air to keep from getting nauseous.
Thank you again guys!

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Old 12-30-2004, 03:33 PM   #14
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go buy some crystal cat litter. They are made of silica gel crystals. They absorb moisture and odors. Worked like a wonder in my friends car that had this moisture stink.
Put them in a breathable (sp) bag, or a zip-lock and make lots of holes in it.

I always have one in my car.
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