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Hey all,

We had our first frost this morning and tonight the temperature was 0.C

My car is parked up on the drive and the back window is full of condensation. Any tip/pointers on how to cure this?

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Is that what that switch is for
lol

Thing is, the window was fine when I parked the car and when I went out about an hour and a half later the window was full of condensation. Reminds me of my old Escort RS Turbo lol
 

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Condensation is caused by moist arm air inside and low temperatures outside. No way to prevent it forming, you can only deal with it when you find it.
 

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QUOTE(Dabhand16 @ 8 Nov 2009, 09:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Condensation is caused by moist arm air inside and low temperatures outside. No way to prevent it forming, you can only deal with it when you find it.

Would drying it with a chamois/microfibre towel help at all?
 

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Nope. The water is in the air in the form of water vapour. It will condense on the coldest surface - that is the windows. any windows that are facing a cold wind will be the first to go and if the outside temperature drops quickly enough the other windows will follow.
 

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QUOTE(Dabhand16 @ 8 Nov 2009, 11:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Nope. The water is in the air in the form of water vapour. It will condense on the coldest surface - that is the windows. any windows that are facing a cold wind will be the first to go and if the outside temperature drops quickly enough the other windows will follow.

You're spot on as the wind blows right up my drive onto the back of my car lol

Oh well, will just have to make do I guess - the winter is upon us. At least the air is nice, cold and dense outside
(Turbo's best friend)
 

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Have a hunt round in the boot, lift the carpet and see if its wet? the gromits under the rear lights can rot and let water in.
 

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QUOTE(PHILJB @ 9 Nov 2009, 12:07 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Have a hunt round in the boot, lift the carpet and see if its wet? the gromits under the rear lights can rot and let water in.

Any leaks will exacerbate the problem as PHILJB mentioned.
Using your air-con will remove some of the moisture from the car and may help the matter slightly.
 

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QUOTE(PHILJB @ 9 Nov 2009, 12:07 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Have a hunt round in the boot, lift the carpet and see if its wet? the gromits under the rear lights can rot and let water in.


Had a wee look about and the boot floor is dry

QUOTE(GJM @ 9 Nov 2009, 08:21 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Any leaks will exacerbate the problem as PHILJB mentioned.
Using your air-con will remove some of the moisture from the car and may help the matter slightly.

I tried this on the way home from work (34 miles) and the windows cleared no problems at all, yet the next morning the back window was full of condensation again and there was a big condensation patch on the front window above the window vents. Again this cleared up after 5 minutes with the window heaters one full blast.

I've heard about people "Sealing the hinges" on the tailgate. Would anyone have tips on how to do this?

Muchos Gracias Amigos
 

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Right folks. I'm at my work on nightshift tonight, my ST is parked outside next to a friends 55 plate Vauxhall Corsa. At first my rear window started to steam up, I dried it and waited for an hour or so. Went back out and the rear window, rear side windows and front door windows are all steamed up.Yet my friends car is completely fine?!? When I drove into work I had the heating on high and the A/C on (to dry/de-humidify) the windows and the car was fine when I left it.

This is really starting to get frustrating
another good old Ford piece of engineering??????

If anyone knows of any hints/tips I will be eternally grateful
 

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You should try using Microfibre cloths and Autoglym Window polish. It should remove any residue from the windows. Wait for a dryish day to do it though.
 

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Mine does this, so annoying! I've tried the trip to work with A/C on and off, different temperatures etc and doesn't make any difference when I get back to the car at 5PM! Whats so different about these STs and other cars!

I'm tempted to buy loads of silica gel sachets and place a few inside the car and see if that stops it.
 

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It isn't just fords that do this, the problem is if you have condensation in the car and then switch on the air con some of the moisture is still in the system, so returns when the car is parked up. Like all fords the air con is not brilliant to start with.
If you have no water getting in the car, either from rain running into the boot or from leaks in the door seals, it may be that your air con needs servicing or recharging.
I picked up my kid this eve from the station and noticed lots of cars with steamed up windows.
 

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what about us that never use air con. Ive used mine once this week just to see if it made a difference to the misting.
 

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QUOTE(Trist @ 22 Nov 2009, 01:10 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>what about us that never use air con. Ive used mine once this week just to see if it made a difference to the misting.

You need to use the aircon regularly to stop the seals in the pump drying out and leaking, which allows the gas to escape.

This weather you only need to get in the car with wet feet and clothes and the car will steam up.
 

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oops, my aircon is past its sell by date then lol

Thats true! what annoyed me was I got back into the car on thursday, and the windscreen was soaking, the screen was full of water droplets. I didnt want to use a cloth and wipe the window becuse I've got OCD about clean windows lol, so I just sat there with the blowers going and side windows open for 10min for it to clear. This is my 6th car and none of the others have ever done this, so that was confusing!
 

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QUOTE(PHILJB @ 22 Nov 2009, 01:17 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>This weather you only need to get in the car with wet feet and clothes and the car will steam up.

How come this issue seems to affect my
more than any other car?


My A/C is used regularly so I'm confident that the seals are all in order. No water or damp in the boot, can water get in where the rear number plate screws on? I've heard of people sealing the hinges? How's this done? Cheers m8
 

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You have definately got water getting in somewhere. Check the footwell carpets front and rear to see if there wet. If they are, it could be water getting in through a gromet on the bulkhead somewhere. My audi was forever doing this and it was because the drain points on the scuttle panel would get blocked with dirt and leaves and the water would start to run through the ventilation system. Common problem with audis and VW's. could be something along those lines.

Or like previously mentioned, rear lights are a common place for water leaks, door seals, door drain points blocked. Water on the rear window wont be helped by the large rear silencer on the ST. The large exhaust heats the boot floor and any water/damp will be quickly evapourated into the air. Its a tough one, but your gonna have to check everwhere for dampness.
 

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QUOTE(wabbit1 @ 22 Nov 2009, 02:20 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>How come this issue seems to affect my
more than any other car?


My A/C is used regularly so I'm confident that the seals are all in order. No water or damp in the boot, can water get in where the rear number plate screws on? I've heard of people sealing the hinges? How's this done? Cheers m8


If you tailgate hinges havn't been fixed, you will have a tiny gap where the hinge meets the roof/bodywork, most will have been masticked and painted.
Have a look at this thread. I have these weather strips to stop water getting into the boot when you open it.
http://www.focusstoc.com/forums/Water-Comi...sings&st=15
 
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