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Old 11-21-2012, 10:06 AM   #28
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Originally Posted by suss6052 View Post
Since we don't have the option of the quick clear/ instaclear windshield that they get in Europe it takes a whole lot longer and is a whole lot more inefficient as one must wait for the coolant to get warm enough to defrost the windows. Although the instaclear windshield is a lot more expensive because of the fine metal mesh that is embedded in the glass in order to electrically heat the front windscreen to instantly clear the window (i.e. much quicker than using the coolant and clearing it from the bottom up.)

Ford customers, however, need not shudder at the thought of a frosty morning, thanks to the company’s Quickclear windscreen technology. Quickclear uses a mesh of very thin heating wires embedded between two layers of windscreen glass to provide rapid de-icing and de-fogging, providing optimum visibility in a matter of seconds.

The patented system made its debut on the Ford Scorpio 26 years ago, yet remains a highly popular feature across Ford's entire range of cars.

"Some technologies come and go, but Quickclear really has stood the test of time," says Ford fixed glass engineer Abidine Ould-Merzough. "There’s nothing worse than running out of your home, late for work on a frosty morning, to be confronted by a windscreen thick with ice. With Quickclear technology, you simply press a button and watch for a few seconds, as your windscreen’s heating elements quickly clear the ice or snow.

"And because it heats the glass, the system also helps free frozen wipers, lengthening the life of the wiper blades and reducing stress on the wiper motor. Of course, Quickclear is also helpful when your windscreen mists up whilst driving."

Driving with an iced-up windscreen is not only dangerous, but also carries a maximum £1,000 fine plus points on your licence. So what if your car doesn't have Quickclear and temperatures tumble below freezing?

David Glidden, product support manager at Autoglass® advises: "We recommend always using a proper ice-scraper or de-icer, to avoid damaging the glass, to remove ice from car body glass. Also, we would encourage motorists to use a pump-operated de-icer instead of an aerosol as it's better for the environment."

He adds: "We don’t advise using hot water. There is a huge difference in the temperature of the hot water people use and the windscreen itself in freezing conditions. This thermal shock may cause severe damage to the windscreen. Glass is very hard but it is not malleable so it doesn’t permit rapid uneven expansion."
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