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Best way to dry out a car?

#1
I have an old banger that I'm slowly running into the ground, at the moment the windows are ALWAYS covered in condensation on the inside.

With the heater being knackered and the weather being quite cold of late, this usually means even if I cover the windscreen at night I have a layer of ice on the inside.
It's quite annoying carrying armfuls of kitchen rolls out to the car to wipe the windscreen and rear window every time I leave it alone for a while, took me +30mins to defrost this morning too!

Does anyone have any ideas on a good way to dry it out, I know it may come back again, but even if it had to be carried out once a month I would be happy!
 
#2
I've got the same problem in my car (3 years old). I just scrape the insides too, makes a lovely snow effect on the dashboard.

But its very annoying, like you say.

TB
 
#4
Older_by_the_day said:
I have an old banger that I'm slowly running into the ground, at the moment the windows are ALWAYS covered in condensation on the inside.

With the heater being knackered and the weather being quite cold of late, this usually means even if I cover the windscreen at night I have a layer of ice on the inside.
It's quite annoying carrying armfuls of kitchen rolls out to the car to wipe the windscreen and rear window every time I leave it alone for a while, took me +30mins to defrost this morning too!

Does anyone have any ideas on a good way to dry it out, I know it may come back again, but even if it had to be carried out once a month I would be happy!
Two possibles.

Electric dehumidifier - costs from about 40 quid odd.

http://www.4air.co.uk/dehumidifiers-home-office-c-860395437_2500.html?google=deh02

Chemical demumidifier/moisture absorber - costs about a fiver but doesn't last long.


I use a couple of these in my old banger and they work well enough

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B000W4BFA8/?tag=armrumser-21
 
#5
Older_by_the_day said:
I have an old banger that I'm slowly running into the ground, at the moment the windows are ALWAYS covered in condensation on the inside.

With the heater being knackered and the weather being quite cold of late, this usually means even if I cover the windscreen at night I have a layer of ice on the inside.
It's quite annoying carrying armfuls of kitchen rolls out to the car to wipe the windscreen and rear window every time I leave it alone for a while, took me +30mins to defrost this morning too!

Does anyone have any ideas on a good way to dry it out, I know it may come back again, but even if it had to be carried out once a month I would be happy!
Milk bottle, newspaper, petrol.
take car to secluded spot,
fill bottle with petrol,
insert newspaper, rolled first,
place on front seat of car,
light paper,
walk away,
contact police from home, confirming car stolen,
voila! one very dry car and a pocket of money for new item :D :D
hope this helps :D :D :D
 
#7
Alternatively of course you could just drive your car to Barbados or Hawaii that should cure the problem as well.
 
#8
you could route out the source of the problem first, if its old are you sure there are no holes in the floor letting water in?? wet carpets or upholstery will produce the symptoms your having, as will the damp pollen filter that Fluffy describes.

Have you got any bin lids? Step ASS spilt a bottle of water in the rear footwell in my old car and i suffered interior misting for a week afterwards till i found out why...
 
#10
Steven said:
Two possibles.

Electric dehumidifier - costs from about 40 quid odd.

http://www.4air.co.uk/dehumidifiers-home-office-c-860395437_2500.html?google=deh02

Chemical demumidifier/moisture absorber - costs about a fiver but doesn't last long.


I use a couple of these in my old banger and they work well enough

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B000W4BFA8/?tag=armrumser-21
Cheers Steven, I think the dehumidifier mighht be the way ahead, I'm guessing that it might take a rather large amount of silica gel/desiccant to dry out the jalopy. Will have to pop to the shop to have a look for one this evening.

TheHatsRevenge... you wouldn't believe how close I've come to that!

FB, unfortunately it's an N plate Vauxhall Vectra, apparently notorious for letting moisture in.
If only I'd been allowed to buy a small reliable car instead!
 
#12
ArmySurplusSpecial said:
you could route out the source of the problem first, if its old are you sure there are no holes in the floor letting water in?? wet carpets or upholstery will produce the symptoms your having, as will the damp pollen filter that Fluffy describes.

Have you got any bin lids? Step ASS spilt a bottle of water in the rear footwell in my old car and i suffered interior misting for a week afterwards till i found out why...
No kids but wouldn't be surprised if there's a dodgy seal somewhere (not the type that balances a ball on it's nose unfortunately).
I've removed everything (apart from the upholstery) that could be a cause, my only guess is possibly the boot seal; a friend mentioned that the problem is common in this make and model.

To be honest I'm beyond spending too much on the car, I just need it to last for the next 10 months.
 
#16
Wait until its in its 50's and seeing as we all refer to cars as a she (All except me that is) surely she will go through "The change."
 
#17
I find that if you're only doing short trips then the condensation will never dry up - if you take the car for a decent run say 30-60 mins from time to time then the atmosphere inside the car will start to dry up.

in my case I only do a couple of miles each way to work but stop off at a civvy gym en route home - so when i get back in the car after having a shower it steams up - this gets progressively worse over time but a good run seems to dry it up.

(of course if you've got a big **** off hole letting water in then my suggestion wont work)
 
#18
headgear said:
I find that if you're only doing short trips then the condensation will never dry up - if you take the car for a decent run say 30-60 mins from time to time then the atmosphere inside the car will start to dry up.

in my case I only do a couple of miles each way to work but stop off at a civvy gym en route home - so when i get back in the car after having a shower it steams up - this gets progressively worse over time but a good run seems to dry it up.

(of course if you've got a big * off hole letting water in then my suggestion wont work)
Couple of miles???

Run, Walk, Bike, Bus all cheaper than car surely.
 
#19
Older by the day:

A thought for you. You mentioned a knackered heater. Have you had this checked out. If the heater core has even a pinhole leak it can make the interior very very damp.
 
#20
DavidBOC said:
Older by the day:

A thought for you. You mentioned a knackered heater. Have you had this checked out. If the heater core has even a pinhole leak it can make the interior very very damp.
Not heard that one before, will have a word with the garage. This is just one of many niggly problems with the car, all of which add up to a headache I can't yet afford to replace!

The car is currently inside with a heater warming the inside up before I switch on the new (and curiously quite small) dehumidifier...
 

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