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post #1 of 15 Old 01-05-2010, 09:06 AM Thread Starter
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wiper washer fluid

i've been using whatever washer fluid that came with the car and recently on a trip to the mtns to snowboard, the washer fluid wouldn't come out. i can hear the pump working but nothing comes out. figured cuz its too cold and it froze. i filled it back up with some fluid rated -20 or lower but it still had the freezing issue when it got too cold. i was thinking if i should try to use up the old wiper fluid if thats even possible but i don't know how to approach this. i'll be going back up to the mtns for another snowboard trip soon and i wanted to try to get this resolved asap. thanks for any tips. i've never had this happen with my old car or any car's i've driven.


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Its possible you still have the old fluid in there which is decreasing its cold weather protection. I've read the RainX fluid works great and I'll be picking some up soon. On sale this month at AA for $3. Streak free with water repel, melts ice and snow etc.

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Remove the existing washer fluid and replace it with RAIN-X or similar product.

I use RAIN-X De-Icer up here in Canada, works GREAT!

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Yea I figured it was probably the old fluid that the dealership used. I added in some Prestone something or other...forgot the name of it. What's AA? Definitely be looking into Rain-X next time. I use my washer fluid pretty regularly as I like looking through a clear windshield.

Only way to get rid of the old washer fluid is to use it right? Time to be lenient on the washer lever...hehe...

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Get some RainX additive and mix it in with your existing washer fluid.

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I use that RainX fluid and it works great for me, doesn't freeze but I'm only in NY and the temps haven't been lower than 20 F

Just clean your windshield at every stop light, you'll be out of fluid in no time
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doesn't matter what fluid you have when it gets real cold they will freeze. Especially when you start talking X below zero

Thats where the old lighter to heat them up comes in handy
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What's AA? Definitely be looking into Rain-X next time. I use my washer fluid pretty regularly as I like looking through a clear windshield.
AA = Advanced Auto or similiar auto parts stores. Even Walmart should carry it.
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doesn't matter what fluid you have when it gets real cold they will freeze. Especially when you start talking X below zero

Thats where the old lighter to heat them up comes in handy
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I have a 99 Coupe and the pump has stopped working due to frozen fluid - how do you heat them up - can't get to the thing unless remove a shrowds, etc.. from underneath?
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Just park at an underground parking lot for a while, the residue heat from the engine under the hood should help thaw out the fluid.

The question is why did the fluid freeze in the first place? Did you not put winter washer fluid in? Most regular fluids are quite tolerant to "normal" cold temperature.

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Just park at an underground parking lot for a while, the residue heat from the engine under the hood should help thaw out the fluid.

The question is why did the fluid freeze in the first place? Did you not put winter washer fluid in? Most regular fluids are quite tolerant to "normal" cold temperature.
I'm running -40 in my TSX and Highlander, the A6 has whatever the last owner put in it..

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I have had fluid freeze up twice while in a cold environment. The first time I went to Vermont to go skiing and had fluid left over in the reservoir that I had bought in Florida. The second time the knuckleheads at the oil change place I go to must have put summer fluid in my car in October. I went to upstate NY in December and it froze up. I expected them to do a little better than that. In bot instances I needed to wait until it warmed up enough in the afternoon and them run all the fluid out.

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I live in Denver and use prestone. It does go below 0 here and have had not problems.

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Rain-X (the orange one) and Prestone (the yellow one) have both worked fantastic for me in Chicago.



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