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Joe S. (a.k.a. The Blue 's Comment
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Maybe this isn't a new issue, but I sure could use some help if others have the same issue.

I am driving a 2013 ProStar International. I have talked to different shops in the company and can't get a good answer.

In really cold weather (below 15 degrees) if there is a freezing rain, the right side of my window, right in my view, freezes over and won't melt.

Depending on how bad the freezing rain is, sometimes I have to stop every 3 or 4 miles to let it melt off.

Once I am stopped, it clears up in a few seconds. But the second I start down the road again, I start getting my windshield frozen over.

I have tried putting a fan in the window to help move the air. I have opened my window. The passenger's window. Turned the heat up till I am cooking in my cab. I have turned the heat down till it is just warm.

I have put those things on my wipers to hold them tighter to the windshield. They help with wind, but don't do a thing with freezing rain.

I have used the cold weather washer fluid and it clears it up as long as I keep squirting the liquid on it. But as soon as I stop, it freezes over again.

And that brings me to another issue. The over-spray from my side goes right onto my mirror. It isn't long before my mirror is so covered, I can't see out of it. Is there anything that anyone knows of, that can be put on the mirror or the truck door to keep the over-spray off the mirror?

If anyone has any answers, I would deeply appreciate them.

As I have said, my company shops have been no help.

Keep it safe out here, the life you save might be your own.

Joe S (The Blue Angel)

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Daniel B.'s Comment
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I also have the same problem with it squirting onto my mirrors. I keep a small window cleaner scrub next to my seat and open my window and clean my mirror. Takes three seconds.

As far is it freezing, put 100% alcohol in your windshield washer fluid. Alcohol does not freeze and should help your problem.

Ralph G. ( Arejay )'s Comment
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Not sure if this will work or not, but you could try cleaning the glass on your windows and mirrors really good and treating it with Rain-X. It will fill in the pores in the glass and make it much harder for the water (and hopefully the ice & over spray as well) to stick to the glass. I've used the Rain-X washer fluid and it is pure awesomeness, don't even need to use your wipers in a soft rain, it just sheets right off the glass.

Ralph G. ( Arejay )'s Comment
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Also, if you use the glass treatment in the bottle, remember a little bit goes a long way, so you don't want to apply too much at a time... just enough to get entire surface wet is plenty.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Rain-X was going to be my answer too.........that stuff is pure gold........

Joe S. (a.k.a. The Blue 's Comment
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I also have the same problem with it squirting onto my mirrors. I keep a small window cleaner scrub next to my seat and open my window and clean my mirror. Takes three seconds.

As far is it freezing, put 100% alcohol in your windshield washer fluid. Alcohol does not freeze and should help your problem.

Great idea on the scraper beside the door. And a great idea on the alcohol. I don't have an issue with the fluid freezing. It is the freezing rain collecting on the windshield.

I did ask one of our mechanics about putting alcohol into the washer system. He said, yeah great idea. Go for it...... if you want to pay to replace the whole system.

He said over a period of time, the alcohol eats away the rubber hoses and makes them brittle. It will also pit the plastic jug. So, I have stayed away from that. But thanks for the ideas.

Haven't thought of Rain X. We used to use it when I drove bus. I really didn't care much for it. Yes, it worked great. But it seemed to put a film on the windshield that would distort on coming headlights when it was raining. It made it hard to see on two lane roads. At least for me.

Keep it safe out here, the life you save might be your own. Joe S (The Blue Angel)

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Daniel B.'s Comment
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I also have the same problem with it squirting onto my mirrors. I keep a small window cleaner scrub next to my seat and open my window and clean my mirror. Takes three seconds.

As far is it freezing, put 100% alcohol in your windshield washer fluid. Alcohol does not freeze and should help your problem.

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Great idea on the scraper beside the door. And a great idea on the alcohol. I don't have an issue with the fluid freezing. It is the freezing rain collecting on the windshield.

I did ask one of our mechanics about putting alcohol into the washer system. He said, yeah great idea. Go for it...... if you want to pay to replace the whole system.

He said over a period of time, the alcohol eats away the rubber hoses and makes them brittle. It will also pit the plastic jug. So, I have stayed away from that. But thanks for the ideas.

Haven't thought of Rain X. We used to use it when I drove bus. I really didn't care much for it. Yes, it worked great. But it seemed to put a film on the windshield that would distort on coming headlights when it was raining. It made it hard to see on two lane roads. At least for me.

Keep it safe out here, the life you save might be your own. Joe S (The Blue Angel)

Who cares? It's not your truck. By the time it'll start eating the rubber you won't even be at that company anymore. Whatever makes it safer for me I do it. The alcohol stays on the windshield and prevents the rain from freezing onto the windshield.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Joe H.'s Comment
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Maybe this isn't a new issue, but I sure could use some help if others have the same issue.

I am driving a 2013 ProStar International. I have talked to different shops in the company and can't get a good answer.

In really cold weather (below 15 degrees) if there is a freezing rain, the right side of my window, right in my view, freezes over and won't melt.

Depending on how bad the freezing rain is, sometimes I have to stop every 3 or 4 miles to let it melt off.

Once I am stopped, it clears up in a few seconds. But the second I start down the road again, I start getting my windshield frozen over.

I have tried putting a fan in the window to help move the air. I have opened my window. The passenger's window. Turned the heat up till I am cooking in my cab. I have turned the heat down till it is just warm.

I have put those things on my wipers to hold them tighter to the windshield. They help with wind, but don't do a thing with freezing rain.

I have used the cold weather washer fluid and it clears it up as long as I keep squirting the liquid on it. But as soon as I stop, it freezes over again.

And that brings me to another issue. The over-spray from my side goes right onto my mirror. It isn't long before my mirror is so covered, I can't see out of it. Is there anything that anyone knows of, that can be put on the mirror or the truck door to keep the over-spray off the mirror?

If anyone has any answers, I would deeply appreciate them.

As I have said, my company shops have been no help.

Keep it safe out here, the life you save might be your own.

Joe S (The Blue Angel)

I learned this from a driver from Canada. When it's really cold and raining/freezing rain leave your sun visors down when you have your defroster on. It helps trap the warm air and keep it close to the windshield keeping it warmer so stuff doesn't freeze.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
AJ D.'s Comment
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I learned this from a driver from Canada. When it's really cold and raining/freezing rain leave your sun visors down when you have your defroster on. It helps trap the warm air and keep it close to the windshield keeping it warmer so stuff doesn't freeze.

Now that is brilliant. I will try that...

The only problem with my ProStar is ice building up on the wipers, making the sweeps clear inconsistently. I think that is called driving in winter conditions, however.. lol

I wonder if the passenger side defroster vent is blocked a bit.... ?

Joe S. (a.k.a. The Blue 's Comment
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I learned this from a driver from Canada. When it's really cold and raining/freezing rain leave your sun visors down when you have your defroster on. It helps trap the warm air and keep it close to the windshield keeping it warmer so stuff doesn't freeze.

Now that is brilliant. I will try that...

The only problem with my ProStar is ice building up on the wipers, making the sweeps clear inconsistently. I think that is called driving in winter conditions, however.. lol

I wonder if the passenger side defroster vent is blocked a bit.... ?

The ice building up on the wipers. I have that issue also.

I went out and bought a good set of actual winter blades. My company won't supply them. It doesn't cure the problem, but it helps a bunch.

Keep it safe out here, the life you save might be your own. Joe S (The Blue Angel)

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