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Frost on interior windows

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by nermalgod, Dec 10, 2008.

  1. Dec 10, 2008 at 9:00 PM
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    nermalgod

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    This is my first winter in my new Taco and I'm experiencing something I didn't in my 2000. The snow I drag in on my feet is melting while I drive, but then condensing on the windshield and freezing when I park my truck. I can't scrape the interior windows because they are tinted. Any ideas for removing humidity from the cab so I don't have to run my truck for so long waiting for the windows to defrost?
     
  2. Dec 10, 2008 at 9:03 PM
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    tacomaman06

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    im not really sure, other than maybe you leaving an extra towel or 2 in the truck, and when you park it for the night..........kinda shove the towels up around the windshield and see if that helps.
     
  3. Dec 10, 2008 at 9:04 PM
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    Lentsnh

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    warm water and a towel????
     
  4. Dec 10, 2008 at 9:08 PM
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    nah......towels need to be dry, so that maybe the water wouldnt be able to get to the windshield.

    something else that may work.................clean the windows really good with stoner invisible glass and crumpled newspaper, then go over the whole inside with rain-x water repellant and rain-x anti fog. that may help out pretty good. i kno that when i use a decent amount of rain-x on the outer windshield........it doesnt freeze up as nearly as bad as it does without.
     
  5. Dec 10, 2008 at 9:29 PM
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    oh yeah i didnt think about that
     
  6. Dec 10, 2008 at 11:08 PM
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    Might also help to make sure you don't set the environmental controls to 'floor'. Might help stop some of the snow from melting in the first place.
     
  7. Dec 11, 2008 at 5:48 AM
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    I ave a rather lengthy commute and we all know how much heat a Toyota will push into the cab. When it's 5 below out, I want to climb into a warm truck so I really don't see how I can keep the snow from melting.

    Again, I have tinted windows. I don't think I can use rain-x on them. On my last Taco, I had vent visors so I could leave my windows cracked a bit when I parked the truck. I think that helped by letting all the humid air out, but with the new body style, I have no plans on getting them as they would seriously block my vision.

    I was wondering if anyone rewired their climate control. The defrost setting runs the AC compressor to remove moisture prior to sending it to the cab, but defrost is only available on the fresh air setting. If I could use my AC like a de-humidifier, then I could heat my cab in the winter, melt snow, and remove the moisture before I parked, but to do that, I would have to recirculate the air in the cab while the defrost is on. Any ideas?
     
  8. Dec 11, 2008 at 8:36 AM
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    Just run it on defrost/floor mode. You can recirculate with this mode, but that might be unnecessary.
     
  9. Dec 11, 2008 at 9:05 AM
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    build a garage. then you wont track any snow in
     
  10. Dec 11, 2008 at 9:43 AM
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    kris77

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    Man, it snows here a lot...I never ever have this problem...And my truck sits out in the snow and ice...i have to walk in the snow to get in...Im not understanding what's going on here...

    No more snow than is on your boots or shoes, its shouldnt make that much difference...Unless your building a snowman in your cab...Easiest thing for you to do is keep a small broom under your seat and sweep your shoes off before you put your feet in...

    You can always kick your shoes against your nerf bars or something to take most of the snow off...I just cant see how a little bit of snow is causing that much trouble...
     
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    With my old truck I had the vent shades so I'd leave the windows down a crack while I drove and left it parked and never had a problem. I workout ouside a lot and don't mind the cold weather so having a little cold air blowing in doesn't really bother me.
     
  12. Dec 11, 2008 at 11:32 AM
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    I'm just guessing that it's the snow from my boots. In and out all day, there becomes quite a bit even when I take the effort to minimize what's being pulled into the cab. Like I said, I had vent visors on my old truck and never had an issue, but with this one, they create too much of a blind spot for me so I won't add them. I'm disappointed with the viability differences between the 1st gen and 2nd gen Tacomas.

    I'll try the defrost and floor mode with the recirculation mode on. The manual specifically states to run the defrost on the fresh air mode. Will I be doing any damage to anything?
     
  13. Dec 11, 2008 at 5:52 PM
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    Make sure that you are drawing fresh air from outside and not leaving the system on recirculate.
    If you leave the system on recirculate it will keep the moisture in, including the moisture from your breath. the air outside is dryand will reduce the amount of moisture in the cab.
     
  14. Dec 11, 2008 at 6:21 PM
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    This may sound kind of stupid but it works!!! Leave the A/C on and it will keep the moisture out so the windows will not fog up. You can run the A/C with the heat on ok:)
     
  15. Dec 11, 2008 at 6:27 PM
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    It's not stupid, it's actually a built in function when it's in defrost mod (there's also a mod to disable that function, for people who don't live in humid climates)
     
  16. Dec 11, 2008 at 6:27 PM
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    How about removing the mats (and hence the source of the moisture) when you get out of the vehicle for the night? May get to be a pain in the &%$# but would solve the problem.
     
  17. Dec 11, 2008 at 9:40 PM
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    I'd take the climate controls off defrost just before turning the truck off. I'm not sure exactly why, but for me it seems like when it's left on defrost, the windshield has a tendency to fog up the next time I start it up. Probably b/c there's residual moisture that hasn't been taken out by the A/C yet. Taking it off defrost will push the moist air into the cab and not onto the glass, where it could condense.

    Stupid question, but are you sure your heater core isn't leaking? I've had this cause similar problems in another vehicle I used to have.
     
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