General Early Morning Start Tips and Tricks

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Bones126, Tuesday 29th Sep, 2015.

  1. Bones126 Top Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    So the cold, damp and frosty morning are back :annoyed:

    Having to leave the car on the drive now, what are your tips and tricks to get the screen clear fast in the morning from that mist over that happens on the outside of the screen that makes you use the wipers to clear?
    Thought it might be a good idea to see what others do to get going and be able to see where they are going. De-misting, ICE clearing etc etc.

    Cheers
    Dave
     
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  2. Zebster Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    Fan heater (on 1KW/low setting) in the car for 15 minutes, on really cold mornings. Works a treat and makes up for my car being ungaraged.

    A neighbour leaves a 100W light bulb under the sump pan of her old (series 2?) diesel Landrover. Fortunately that isn't necessary with the mighty I-CTDI.
     
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  3. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    Have a look at the block heater threads on the forum mate.
     
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  4. ArcticFire-Account Closed Banned Getting Started

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    I just use a rubber window squeegee thing. Pain not having a rear wiper!
     
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  5. exec Premium Member Club Supporter

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    I have a mist pad thing, then use heater when car is warmed up, also when its like icey on screen I have deicer spray.
     
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  6. Chunkylover53 Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Start the engine and turn the heater on full along with rear demist + mirror demist (if not auto). Then lock the car with spare key.

    Deicer if needed. I also have dehumidifier bags inside to help with condensation.
     
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  7. Garrydhu Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    good idea,but me driving an insight,id be afraid of running down the 12 v battery
     
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  8. steve4536 Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Hit front demist and rear screen / mirrors button WITH AIRCON ON and internal temperature set to 18 deg's. let engine warm up for 3 minutes and bingo off you go. The CR-V is the best car I've ever had for getting going and demisted fast. Love it...Oh, also same as Chunky by putting a couple of large silica gel bags on the rear floors over the winter months.
     
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  9. 2.4 8thGen Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

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    Also I put the air con on Auto and it clears in no time.
     
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  10. Garrydhu Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Silica gel bags?can they be got easy,,never saw them on sale
     
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  11. Bones126 Top Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    Hi @Garrydhu , you can get them off eBay and Amazon, they some times get called car dehumidifier bags. I already have one of these in the car from last year and it does actually work, better if you leave it on the dash over night.

    is anyone one using anything that is affective on the outside of their screen to stop the misting on the outside when you drive off which requires use of the wipers to be able to clear it?
     
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  12. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    I wonder if a few coats of something like RainX would help reduce frosting on the outside or at least make it "stick" less.
     
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  13. Bones126 Top Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    I've used RainX before and it does help remove frost but what I'm referring to is the windscreen mists up (not frosts) on the outside and I have to use the wipers to clear it to see. This happens for about the first 5 minutes while driving. Was wondering if there is something like RainX that prevents this?
     
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  14. Pottermus Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    I leave the heater/air-con/rear de-mister on when I turn off the previous night, then use the remote starter on my keyfob from my kitchen while having a brew.
     
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  15. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    Show off !!
     
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  16. Garrydhu Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Thanks buddy for the info,,must get some,as nights/ mornings damp
     
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  17. steve4536 Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    I bet you're wearing the giant single furry slipper as well :bleh:
     
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  18. Zebster Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    And with a tartan rug round his legs.
     
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  19. GSD2013 Premium Member Club Supporter

    Buy some silica crystal cat litter and use a couple of old socks fill one sock with litter and seal or tie put this in other sock to make it look neat
     
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  20. Bones126 Top Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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    Done that too in the past, cat litter in a shoe box, loads of holes punched in it with s pair tights over it all to hold it all together.
     
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