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Frozen windows

Postby NickO » Thu Dec 11, 2008 10:44 pm

Hi all,

Anyone have trouble with door windows being frozen to the door rubbers? No problem in the morning outside the house, cos it's simply some luke warm water to solve the issue, but it was particulary cold when leaving work tonight and I think I was lucky that the passenger one dropped so I could get in that way. :nod:

It does say in the manual that under no circumstances if the windows do not drop should the door be forced.

Any ideas? How do Scirocco owners cope in European countries wth colder climates? :?
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Re: Frozen windows

Postby dchuraman » Thu Dec 11, 2008 10:56 pm

i actually gave a dealer a call about this and his advice was...dont buy a car with frameless doors!

anyway i usually find that cold tap water does the trick, doesnt need to be warm, as the cold tap water will be warmer than the frozen ice anyway, and you minimise the risk of cracking. Needed to do it every morning this week down here
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Re: Frozen windows

Postby wigit » Thu Dec 11, 2008 11:13 pm

not a new issue
viewtopic.php?f=2&t=384

been recommended this from another forum, not ordered any myself

Rubber Protection "Gummi Pflege"

• Special conditioner for rubber door and trunk seals ("weather-stripping").
• UV and anti-freezing protection. Prevents doors from sticking to body in cold temps.
• Not a dye or dressing. Rejuvenates colour, maintains elasticity for longevity.
• Easy and quick to apply. No-mess built-in applicator sponge.

Long-lasting protection against freezing for rubber seals on car doors, windows and boots. Protects and keeps the rubber elastic. Restores color to dried out rubber. Protects against extreme temperature and UV rays. Solvent-free, water-based formula. Easy-to-use shoe polish type applicator makes application simple without the mess.

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Re: Frozen windows

Postby NickO » Fri Dec 12, 2008 9:38 am

Thanks for replies guys.

I'll think i'll just stick to the water treatment and maybe keep a can of de-icer in the boot for emergencies. :)
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Re: Frozen windows

Postby albertz33 » Fri Dec 12, 2008 10:16 am

isnt there anything in the manual about treating the seal with a silicon based product? when i got my GTI the manual said to treat all rubber and seals with this to stop freezing.
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Re: Frozen windows

Postby albertz33 » Fri Dec 12, 2008 10:18 am

FYI,

Have seen two of these cars now on VW forecourts with the door shut and the window outside the seal, so that the door is almost prized open at the top :eyepop: , anyone found any problems with the 'window drop / raise' mechanisim??
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Re: Frozen windows

Postby wigit » Fri Dec 12, 2008 10:21 am

only they go a bit bonkers when trying to get steering lock off
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Re: Frozen windows

Postby CTRnutter » Fri Dec 12, 2008 10:22 am

albertz33 wrote:FYI,

Have seen two of these cars now on VW forecourts with the door shut and the window outside the seal, so that the door is almost prized open at the top :eyepop: , anyone found any problems with the 'window drop / raise' mechanisim??


Yeah every damn morning I try to get in, the only way around it is to unfreeze both windows before trying to open the car!
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Re: Frozen windows

Postby adamj » Tue Dec 16, 2008 4:01 pm

i actually gave a dealer a call about this and his advice was...dont buy a car with frameless doors!


Don't you just love dealers............ :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
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Re: Frozen windows

Postby egobreed » Mon Nov 09, 2009 8:50 am

Well, I guess it's that time of year again - I was walking down to the car this morning, scraper in hand, and I thought, "how the hell am I going to get in if the windows are frozen shut?!"

Luckily the driver's side plipped down so I could get the engine on, but I think it must have come up again, because I couldn't get the door shut. I had to manually move it down about half way. So, I think some cold water will be needed tomorrow, and probably for the next 4/5 months!

Has anyone found any decent silicone sprays / seal treatments since last year?
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Re: Frozen windows

Postby Dalai » Mon Jan 04, 2010 4:57 pm

Clear the thick ice with a scraper then spray along the bottom window seal with de-icer, leave for a few moments then try opening. Works for me and I live out in the sticks up a hillside. :yes:
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Re: Frozen windows

Postby rocccosiffredi » Mon Jan 04, 2010 5:03 pm

Do the windows stick at the top as well as the bottom?
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Re: Frozen windows

Postby Deacon » Mon Jan 04, 2010 5:25 pm

rocccosiffredi wrote:Do the windows stick at the top as well as the bottom?


Yep :cry:

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Re: Frozen windows

Postby biggles » Tue Jan 05, 2010 3:42 pm

I was getting sick of having this issue every time i tried to get in over the past couple of weeks. Yesterday i bought some stuff from halfords called "3 in 1 silicone lubricant spray". It repels moisture and in theory stops the glass sticking in the seals. I squirted a good dose up into the seals yesterday and so far so good........it was -5c here last night and opened first time this morning!
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Re: Frozen windows

Postby trix » Tue Jan 05, 2010 3:54 pm

:clap: good one biggles, as RW1 has said previously somewhere treat the seal at hte top of hte door along the bottom of the window too if possible :)

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Re: Frozen windows

Postby Malcolm » Thu Jan 07, 2010 5:58 am

Deiced last night before bed as snow was frozen and was getting harder, window went down but not up, going to leave an oil heater in tonight as an idea, -8 they recon and I'm on outskirts of London!! Door also only just opened and all seals been siliconed last week.
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Re: Frozen windows

Postby biggles » Fri Jan 08, 2010 12:52 pm

Minus 9 last night and still opening like a goodun. All seals drenched in silicone spray a few days ago.......its the future!
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Re: Frozen windows

Postby Gary_Monkey » Sat Jan 09, 2010 5:25 pm

I too have suffered with the dreaded frozen windows. One morning last week (at -12°C) I had to literally rip open the drivers door to access my vehicle. Not good. So I read this thread and went out and bought some Silicone Lubricant from Halfords (see can pic below). Only £3.99 so worth a punt.

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stor ... yId_165705

I sprayed it onto a cotton cloth and applied it by rubbing it well into the rubber seals all around where the window slides/locates. I tested it by opening and closing both doors many, many times to make sure the silicone was well worked in.

I'll let you know how it performs in the frost.

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Re: Frozen windows

Postby SCOTT » Sat Jan 09, 2010 5:40 pm

this sounds good do let us know, much cheaper version than the vw one on here
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Re: Frozen windows

Postby Malcolm » Sat Jan 09, 2010 6:28 pm

Autoperfection will supply silicone I'm sure if not we sure can........ Give them an email.
As per other post also been putting a towel over handle to stop frost freezing handle closed (sensor in there too)
Silicone bottom rubber (ie top of door too) I gave up wiping it just spray on and leave. Saying that haven't done boot and haven't got in since last Tues!
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