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Old 01-01-2009, 11:53 AM   #1
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only winter complaint with 09 coupe

the rear window defroster. it does its job, yes, however, the ice or snow that it does melt, drips to the bottom of the glass, where it meets the trunk, and re-freezes to solid ice making it very hard to open the trunk. anyone else find this annoying?


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i have an 08 sedan and this doesnt happen, it may be the different profile???
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Old 01-01-2009, 12:35 PM   #3
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My '07 does the same thing. 2 things I always do are

1) remove all snow and ice from car. If it's not there it won't run down to the base of the glass. (OK some will still get there, but this really helps).

2) kick off the snow that the tires cake onto the wheel wells as soon as you get to where you are going. If you let this freeze solid, when you turn the tires later they will rub on the frozen mess and can wear down the edges of the tread. This happened to me on past cars and I've never given it a chance to happen to the focus.
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1) remove all snow and ice from car. If it's not there it won't run down to the base of the glass. (OK some will still get there, but this really helps).

In some places, a cop can pull you over and give you a ticket for not doing this. In some places if you get in an accident with your site impaired by snow/ice that was not removed from the vehicle before operation, the accident is your fault.

I don't understand why people don't clean there car off before driving. I like to see and people to see me.
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In some places, a cop can pull you over and give you a ticket for not doing this. In some places if you get in an accident with your site impaired by snow/ice that was not removed from the vehicle before operation, the accident is your fault.

I don't understand why people don't clean there car off before driving. I like to see and people to see me.
Last year my windshield was hit by a hunk of ice that flew off of the car in front of me. I was very upset by this. No damage but I didn't know that for sure until I got to where I was going. I did write down the plate number of the car the ice flew off of just in case.
I am an avid boater and when you are operating a boat you are responsible for your own wake and any damage it creates. The same rule applies for cars.
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yea, this happens every once in a while when im in a hurry to get somewhere and dont have time to clear off every bit of snow. just bust it off.
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None of my vehicles move an inch until all snow and most ice is removed - I do try to get as much ice as I can.
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how do you remove ice from the body panels? I do all of my windows but obviously I don't scrape the side of the car. It's a serious question though I am new to this.

Also, we had a different kind of ice today that I've never experienced where I had a 3mm thick sheet of ice completely covering my windshield. I soaked it with de-icer and turned up the heat while chunking away as hard as I could with an ice scraper. I probably spent 20 minutes just doing the windshield. Is there an easier way??
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before winter, i have always used rainx on all my windows. i usually clear off enough snow so i can open the door without being covered from snow falling in, then start the car and turn the rear and front defrosters on as high as it goes, and wait 15 min or so, then everything comes off really easy. as for the body panels. i usually lightly bump the big stuff with my fist in gloves and knock it off. i agree with scipper77, knock off all the snow and ice from around your tires. usually before winter i put on a really good coat of wax, and it helps protect the paint, and also helps with snow removal. a few ppl i know put car covers on their vehicles before heavy snows. so they just pull the cover off and the car is ready to go.
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SD_Focus, rebelboy does what I do for the ice on the body panels. You won't get all of it off, but you will get most of the ice off. Here in Northern Virginia, I saw ice accumulations of over three inches in the 80s - the most since then was about two inches. RainX on the windows makes it a little easier to remove any ice - with the help of your defrosters.
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