How to De-Ice a Car

January 16th, 2013 by

driving in winter weatherIf you’re like me and don’t have the luxury of parking your car inside of a garage, then you know the effect winter weather can have on our vehicles. I don’t mind cleaning snow off of my car, because for the most part it just comes off without any issue. What I absolutely cannot stand is when my car becomes one big ice block. The bigger problem with that is when I can’t get the doors open because they’re frozen shut. Luckily, I have a remote start for my car that I can use to get the engine running and start working on the ice. Unfortunately not everyone has that at their disposal so they have to do it the old-fashioned way.

5 Steps For De-Icing Your Car

Here are 5 easy steps you can take to de-ice your automobile when you can’t open the doors and don’t have a remote starter:

1. Gently Chip Away at the Ice Around Your Doors

You don’t want to try and force the door open as it may break or damage the hinges. If you can’t manage to pry the doors open after clearing away some of the ice, you may want to try using a hair dryer or some other device that can melt the ice away so you can get in your car.

2. Once inside your vehicle start the engine

 You’ll want to start the car up and put the front and rear defrosters on as high as they will go.

3. Spray windshield de-icer on your windows

 This will help melt the ice and make it easier on you when you chip and scrape the ice away.

4. Begin by chipping at the middle of the windshield

 You’ll want to try and break the ice up to make it easier to scrape away once it begins to melt.

5. Work around the entire vehicle

 You want to be sure that you get enough of the ice so that it doesn’t impede your vision while you’re driving.

Come to Biggers Chevy for Winter Maintenance

To me, cleaning and chipping away ice off my car is ten times worse than cleaning snow off. It requires more work and takes more time, which is something we don’t always have enough of to get the job done. For more tips on how to keep your car properly maintained during these winter months, contact Biggers Chevrolet’s service and parts department. They’ll be glad to help with any car problems caused by winter weather.