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01-04-2013 01:58 AM
VectorZ Mine has now been hit at least 6 times. I'm not going to bother fixing them anymore. I'll just drive around with a cracked windshield for a year or two. I've been hit by rocks more in 6 months than in the last 6 years with other cars. Crazy.
01-02-2013 06:17 PM
raptor1956 Well, I finally had my cracked windshield replaced last Friday, but, just 3 days later, as a snow plow was driving past me the other way, I heard several things hit my windshield. Yes, after just 3 days my new windshield has at least 3 little stars on it right in front of the driver...

11-21-2012 05:11 PM
raptor1956 I'm actually in a rental car about 80%+ as I travel for work and usually I'll use warm to very warm water to clear the ice as it's faster than scraping most of the time. Never broke a windshield doing that. I did, however, crack the windshield on a rental a few years back when I turned on the defroster. I'd left the defroster off until the car warmed up and within about 10 seconds of turning on the defroster the windshield cracked. I did not have a rock hit the car while I had it so it must have been damaged or stressed before I had it. National tried to force me to pay for it but my company, which does boatloads of business with National, convinced them to take a hike.

My previous car, a 2004 Toyota Matrix XR was traded in with 125,000 miles when I got the 2012 FF and the windshield on it, which was original, was so pitted and sandblasted it was sometimes difficult to see when driving into the Sun.

11-21-2012 02:25 PM
Originally Posted by raptor1956 View Post
QuickClear would be sweet and as I live in an area that has wintery weather (SLC, UT) it would be much better and faster than scraping or pouring warm water over it.
I just searched google for QuickClear - turns out it suppresses herpes outbreaks as well. Well done, Ford!
11-21-2012 02:22 PM
raptor1956 QuickClear would be sweet and as I live in an area that has wintery weather (SLC, UT) it would be much better and faster than scraping or pouring warm water over it.

How much current (amps) do those heaters use BTW?

Again, Rocky, thanks for your feedback...

11-21-2012 01:08 PM
Originally Posted by Rockyherald View Post
Land Rover uses wire mesh windshields In the U.S. Damn expensive. Heated wiper parks like on Roos, Hondas, and Toyotas are really good enough and these windshields are fairly inexpensive to replace, work just fine!
Only the rear/ backlite glass has a heated wiper park on the Focus hatch in the U.S. the quick clear however would clear the entire glass much quicker than just heating the wiper park location alone on the front.

Of course its more expensive, as it is more complicated to make and the volumes are much lower, but with mass production down comes the price. The higher the unit volume of something the less it generally costs to produce.
11-21-2012 12:57 PM
Originally Posted by suss6052 View Post
Land Rover uses wire mesh windshields In the U.S. Damn expensive. Heated wiper parks like on Roos, Hondas, and Toyotas are really good enough and these windshields are fairly inexpensive to replace, work just fine!
11-21-2012 12:50 PM
Originally Posted by suss6052 View Post
I use just warm water not hot water and never had an issue on my personal vehicles. De-icer spray is a good idea but some are corrosive to metal parts.
The car heater/defroster has been the culprit in most cases of windshields I've replaced for customers in the winter time but that's because they had rock chips that they neglected to have repaired. I don't recommend Ice scrapers simply because they Do scratch. Yes plastic scratches. In very cold climates I guess you have to use Ice scrapers but most areas of the U.S. warming up your car before driving suffices. It is a good idea to warm up your car anyway before driving especially at 10 below Just my opinion.
11-21-2012 12:45 PM
TehMark Well, if I didn't think our windshields sucked before, I sure do now that I've read that. haha
11-21-2012 11:06 AM
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."
Per Ford/ Ford Europe.
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