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post #1 of 7 Old 11-11-2010, 02:13 AM Thread Starter
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My Focus is a nightmare for de-misting.As soon as the temperature drops below warm! I sit for up to 15 minutes and longer, blower on full, Air Con on waiting to see out of the windscreen.ANYONE ELSE HAVE THIS PROBLEM? ANY CURES?

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post #2 of 7 Old 11-11-2010, 05:22 AM
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Make sure recirc is off, is it just misted up or do you have water droplets forming from so much misting up?

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post #3 of 7 Old 11-11-2010, 01:28 PM
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Do you not have a heated front screen on your car?
If you are using aircon to demist it should be pretty quick - is the aircon functioning properly?
If none of these thingsare faulty perhaps you need to start looking for wet carpets as it sounds like you may have a water leak somewhere.

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Well I don't have any leaks and my air con is working fine, but I have to agree that once the inside of the screen gets wet it do take some time to clear it. Mind you, it's a big screen and it doesn't seem to take any longer to clear than any other car I've owned. De-misting has always been poor, no matter what the car. A heated screen is the obvious answer, but if like me you don't have it, might I suggest kitchen towel.

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Last Saturday evening, around 10.30pm, foggy,temperature 4 deg C, started engine, heated screens came on automatically (expected), switched on headlights and air blower (external air), aircon came on (expected)glass started to clear but accelerator did nothing! After approx 30 seconds, engine respond ed to accelerator but as I tried toreverse car over slightly raised edgeon thedriveway, I stalled the darn thing. Had to switch off everything, then restart. Ok second time. I presume the alternator and engine were heavily loaded leaving little for the engine management unit!

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post #6 of 7 Old 11-15-2010, 12:31 AM
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Couple of things to try,

First clean the inside of the screen really well with proper car glass cleaner.

Remove any fluffy rugs, toys etc that can hold moisture in the car.

When you drive up to park, for the last mile or two make sure the AC is turned off and the heater is on. You want the ventialtion ducting nice and dry. The AC matrix constantly generates condensation which sits there waiting for the engine to start again. If the AC is off for a while before shutting down, the vents will be dry.

If you have the time, throw a bucket of hot water over the windscreen before you get in. Heats up the screen and demists the windows. Ive done this on all the cars I've owned when they have been frosted, or really badly misted up. I keep a 2 litre plastic jug in the kitchen, fill it with hot tap water and throw it on the screen as I leave in the morning, The warmth demists the screen and it stays demisted long enough to get engine heat up on the screen. Never had a crack or damge in 15 years.

Buy a dehumidifier cartridge for caravans and leave it on the dash when you leave the car. They are electric rechargeable things that hold off condensation in caravans. When they are saturated, you plug them in. They dry out and are ready to use again.

Next to last option, Go out, turn on the car, leave the fans on high and temp on hot, use key two to lock car, go back inside and have a cup of tea while it demists itself. This depends on neighbourhood.

Final option, buy or install a remote strat alarm system, same as last suggestion but more secure!




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If you have the time, throw a bucket of hot water over the windscreen before you get in. Heats up the screen and demists the windows. Ive done this on all the cars I've owned when they have been frosted, or really badly misted up. I keep a 2 litre plastic jug in the kitchen, fill it with hot tap water and throw it on the screen as I leave in the morning, The warmth demists the screen and it stays demisted long enough to get engine heat up on the screen. Never had a crack or damge in 15 years.


Please don't do this. You may be okay for a while doing it buteventually there will be a really bad unequal expansion of the glass (possibly exaggerated by a chip in the screen)and it will be CRAAACK -new screen time.

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