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Frozen windshield wipers are the last thing you want to deal with on a cold morning, but it’s a problem you can usually fix with a chemical de-icer.
On cold winter mornings, there’s nothing worse than discovering that your wipers are frozen to your windshield. But with the right tools (and a little bit of patience), this doesn’t have to ruin your whole day.
Just be sure to keep your wipers turned off until you’re done fixing them. Otherwise, you can cause serious damage.
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Now let’s get back to fixing those frozen windshield wipers.
The best way to fix frozen windshield wipers
Although it’s tempting, do not turn on your windshield wipers while they are frozen.
Turn on your car and use the defroster button to help melt the ice on the windshield.
While this is working, get out of the car to brush off any loose pieces of ice or snow using a brush or ice scraper. If you’re using an ice scraper, make sure you’re not hitting the wipers or damaging the windshield.
Try to lift the wipers off using as little force as possible. If they don’t come up easily, do not continue to pull at them. This can cause major damage.
Instead, use a chemical de-icer on the windshield and wipers, like SPLASH Red Hot De-Icer Windshield Trigger Spray. Continue clearing off pieces of snow and ice while you work. Be sure to read the directions on your chemical de-icer.
You should expect it to make progress on your blades within a few minutes.
Gently lift the wiper blades to see if they are still stuck. Again, if you encounter resistance, do not keep pulling. Wait a few more minutes, then reapply the de-icer fluid.
Once you can easily lift the wiper blades off, use a cloth to get rid of residual frost on the wiper blades and the windshield. You may need to use your brush or scraper if there are still large ice chunks. Carefully put the wiper blades back in place.
Now that the wipers are free, you can turn your windshield wipers on from the inside of your car. It’s best to use a cold-weather windshield wiper fluid, like Prestone De-Icer Winter Windshield Washer Fluid instead of your standard fluid throughout the winter months.
Key Takeaway: After you turn on your defroster, use a brush or ice scraper and a chemical de-icer to gently tackle your frozen windshield wipers.
Other ways to de-ice frozen windshield wipers
Although chemical de-icers are the most common way to fix a frozen windshield wiper, there are some DIY solutions you can try when you’re in a bind.
Although this probably isn’t the first thing you reach for when you have car troubles, pickle juice is a surprisingly effective option. Since pickle juice contains salt and vinegar, the brine can help melt the ice on your car’s windshield and wipers.
Don’t forget to rinse off the windshield wipers as soon as the weather warms up a bit. If you leave pickle juice on for too long, the brine can cause rust.
Spray your windshield with a mixture of three parts vinegar and one part water to help melt the ice. Make sure the water is room temperature. For better results, let this solution soak in all night so that you can easily (and quickly) de-ice in the morning.
Mix two parts rubbing alcohol with one part water in a spray bottle, then spritz it onto the windshield around the wipers.
How to avoid frozen windshield wipers
Frozen windshield wipers may be inevitable depending on your home climate, but you can take some steps to prevent future damage.
Replace your blades
Experts recommend that you replace your windshield wipers every six months to one year. Once they start to rip or decay, they’ll be less sturdy during harsh winter storms.
Use old socks
Find a pair of long socks that you can place over your windshield wiper blades. This can help prevent freezing, especially if you lift the blades off your windshield.
Keep your windshield protected
At night, carefully place a blanket, tarp, or piece of cardboard between your windshield and the wiper blades. This should help prevent the wipers from getting stuck.
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Can I pour hot water on my windshield wipers to melt the ice?
No. Boiling water will damage the glass on your windshield, and it could shatter. Avoid this calamity by using one of the above recommendations.
Can I use regular windshield wiper fluid during the winter?
Regular windshield wiper fluid can freeze during the winter. It’s best to use winter wiper fluid instead.