WARNING: How To Remove Snow & Ice From Vinyl or Plastic Jeep Windows

We are preparing for our first Winter with a Jeep Wrangler soft top.

No, staying warm will not be the problem… as with our old Jeep Wrangler, the heater in this one works great!

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What’s troubling me most at this point is how to remove snow and ice from the vinyl/plastic windows of our soft top when we drive from Tennessee to Ohio and Indiana for the holidays.

Our other Jeep Wrangler (the black one) had a hard top. Our new Jeep Wrangler (the silver one) does not.

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I learned a couple valuable lessons today that other Jeep owners might find helpful…

 

Jeep Snow & Ice: What NOT To Do

Cold temperatures, ice, and snow can all wreak havoc on a Jeep Wrangler soft top.

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You need to be especially careful with your plastic/vinyl windows in the winter months, and take the following precautions:

  • Don’t raise or lower the soft top when the temperature drops below 41 degrees F. The material is a synthetic which loses some of its resiliency at low temperatures, and it can actually become damaged if it is flexed in too cold temperatures.
  • Never attempt to roll-up the vinyl windows or even open them at the zippers during the winter months. Believe it or not, vinyl Jeep windows can shatter like real glass when they are cold.
  • Don’t try to remove snow or ice from your plastic windows by hand, or by any other means.
  • Before you even touch your vinyl window — from the inside or outside — make sure you’ve given it enough time to warm up and become supple first. Otherwise, you could actually crack the window simply by touching it in very cold temperatures.
  • Never “smack” the plastic windows on your Jeep hoping that the snow and ice will bounce off!
  • In cold temperatures, never pour water on your Jeep’s vinyl windows in an attempt to remove ice or snow. Your windows may crack.

 

Jeep Snow & Ice: What You CAN Do

With a soft top, patience is a virtue — especially in the cold, winter months.

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Here are some things that you can do to remove snow and ice from vinyl Jeep windows more quickly:

  • Ideally, you should just wait for the Jeep’s own heater to warm the vehicle from the inside, causing the snow to slowly melt off naturally.
  • Until the snow/ice thaws and falls off the Jeep windows itself, for side/rear views while driving you may have to rely on the 2 side mirrors — which can be scraped like ‘normal’ car windows.
  • You could use a ceramic heater with a timer, and run it 30 minutes prior getting in the Jeep. The snow and ice will melt off, allowing you to see through your windows as soon as you get in.
  • Some people point a hair dryer toward the Jeep’s vinyl windows (but not for too long). However, by the time you’re finished, the Jeep’s own heater would likely have had the same effect — from the inside.

Lynnette Walczak

I like to help people find unique ways to do things in order to save time & money -- so I frequently write about "outside the box" ideas that most wouldn't think of. As a lifelong dog owner, I often share my best tips for living with and training dogs. I worked in Higher Ed several years until switching gears to pursue things I was more passionate about. I've worked at a vet, in a photo lab, and at a zoo -- to name a few. I enjoy the outdoors via bicycle, motorcycle, Jeep, or RV. You can always find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun websites).

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