Car Electric Windows on a Frosty Morning

How Not To Break Your Car’s Electric Windows On A Frosty Morning

It’s still cold out and we’re seeing a few frosty mornings, so how do you clear your electric windows before you drive? A quick open and close to shift that frost?

NO! Stop!

What you should definitely NOT do is open the windows when they are frozen shut!

Why Not?

If you try to lower your electric window while the glass is frozen in the frame, 8 times out of 10 you will cause serious damage to the mechanism.

If the glass can’t move because it’s frozen, but the motor doesn’t stop, then the mechanism will continue to pull until you release the button or the the force breaks the window from it’s moorings.

The glass is not bolted to the motor mechanism and the fixings are not strong enough to withstand the force. Ultimately, they are very likely to break away leaving you with a permanently open window that you won’t be able to close again.

Not a great look in cold, windy, rainy, snowy, hailing weather! And quite likely an expensive thing to fix.

Good Ways to Defrost Your Car’s Windows

Without wanting to state the blooming obvious, there are three main ways to effectively defrost your frozen electric windows.

It’s also worth noting that you should do a thorough job of clearing the whole window. Visibility is key when you’re driving – for your safety and other road users. So don’t just clear an eskimo hole to peer through, clear the whole lot.

The 3 Best Ways to Defrost Your Electric Windows

Check out our blog post all about defrosting your windscreen for the full lowdown on this topic. But the short story is:

Window Scraper

Nothing moves ice like a good scrape with a plastic scraper. Simple and effective.


If you’re in a rush and don’t mind the chemicals every now and then, a can of de-icer is a really quick way to melt the freeze off your windows.

Warm Water

Science! Warm water will melt frozen water from your car windows like… warm water on frozen water. That’s warm water, not boiling.

But you run two big risks using water on your windscreen:

  1. The windscreen could crack if the temperature difference is too great.
  2. The risk of water refreezing on your screen means you might just be wasting your time!

Broken Electric Window Mechanism?

Don’t worry, we can help! It’s a fair old job. The door needs to be taken apart and the mechanism would need fixing or replacing.

If you have a broken electric window, please get in touch via the contact form or give us a call on either of these numbers: 0116 3190 118 or mobile 07850 881 911. Alternatively you can visit our Leicester garage and we’ll have a look at the problem.

It’s got to be better than driving around with a permanently open window in this weather.

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