How do I get a frozen car window unstuck?

I live in Nebraska and my car window gets frozen shut regularly in the winter. How can I get it unstuck?

Answer
Nebraska has some rather harsh winters, so it’s no surprise that you run into this issue regularly. An easy remedy is to park your car under a carport or in a garage, but if that’s not available, you have other options.
The best way to unstick a frozen car window is with isopropyl alcohol. Mix 3/4 cup isopropyl alcohol with 1/4 cup room temperature water in a spray bottle, and spray the ice with the mixture. Allow it to sit for a few minutes then scrape the melting ice off the window.
White vinegar can also do the trick when mixed in a water-vinegar solution. Take care not to try to roll down your window before the ice melts, as you can break the motor.
You can also turn off your defroster and allow it to run for five minutes. Allow the heat to run until the ice melts.
If you’re often in harsh winter climates, you may want to consider a comprehensive car insurance policy that will cover you if your car has any damage due to weather. With Jerry, you can compare various policies and options, you can get the coverage you need at a price you want. Average Jerry users save $879 per year on car insurance.
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Answered on Oct 21, 2021
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