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I'm not sure if it's the wiper fluid or the supply lines or what? But when the outdoor temperature is consistently very cold, the wiper fluid in my pick up and my van both freeze up ...I have the "winter solution" in both vehicles , but it doesn't see, to help. Does anybody have a fix?
 

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Park in a heated garage...:whistling:laughing:







Autozone sells washer fluid rated to -20°F.
 

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Well... I looked to see if you were from Cali......

Ya can't seem to buy freeze proof windshield fluid out there... any one know why.

I have no idea why you freeze up.... try pulling the rubber tube off the pump and determine where the retriction is occuring
 

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Happens on my truck its usually water or ice from the windshield or hook that gets in the spray head and freezes
 
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Get some methyl hydrate which I think is rubbing alcohol and add it to the reservoir. You can get it at any pharmacy. I have had to do this in the past. It will work its way through the pump system.
 

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Well... I looked to see if you were from Cali...... Ya can't seem to buy freeze proof windshield fluid out there... any one know why. I have no idea why you freeze up.... try pulling the rubber tube off the pump and determine where the retriction is occuring
Right about now I am wishing I was from a warmer state. I have to admit , when winter does break, the weather in NY is not terrible. The 3 other seasons are beautiful. Everything else sucks...
Wait a minute, why is it , that I live here?????
 

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Get some methyl hydrate which I think is rubbing alcohol and add it to the reservoir. You can get it at any pharmacy. I have had to do this in the past. It will work its way through the pump system.
That is what I was looking for..... Will it hurt the paint?
 

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That is what I was looking for..... Will it hurt the paint?
Nope as its a product used in the dealing world as a pre wax cleaner or panel wipe. I would highly doubt its your fluid freezing unless your in temps -20. I poor a little warm water over my nozzles when they freeze up and they normally stay good the whole day after that.
 

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Nope as its a product used in the dealing world as a pre wax cleaner or panel wipe. I would highly doubt its your fluid freezing unless your in temps -20. I poor a little warm water over my nozzles when they freeze up and they normally stay good the whole day after that.
I will try it in the morning... I hope it's that easy!!
 

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Here there a 2 types of washer fluids sold and one is an anti-freeze type (different color) that always works in the cold weather. We just had -12F and-30F windchill and much lower when you bother to look at the speedometer. - Fortunately, with the low temperatures there is little slop around since everything is removed while still solid.

I haven't seen more than a few "chuck kickers" in the shopping center lots lately.
 

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I just checked on a jug of minus 45 washer fluid, and the active ingredient is methyl alcohol. Wont hurt the paint. As I stated I had my van freeze up some years ago and my neighbor came over and told me to put in the rubbing alcohol. My reservoir was froze solid. It worked its way through in about an hour or so and turned the frozen stuff back into fluid. I think it was early in the year and I hadn't changed from the summer stuff. Ever since then I don't even buy anything but minus 45 washer fluid, even in the summer. It was minus 37 celcius this morning here. That's about minus 35 f. brrrr. no work today.
 

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I tried the hot water on the windshield wiper fluid jets this morning . No good. I will pour some rubbing alcohol in first chance I get.. I don't know how you guys that are further north than NY do it . I cannot imagine leaving the house if it were any colder than it was here the past few days. -4 is the worst I have seen......
 

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I just checked on a jug of minus 45 washer fluid, and the active ingredient is methyl alcohol. Wont hurt the paint. As I stated I had my van freeze up some years ago and my neighbor came over and told me to put in the rubbing alcohol. My reservoir was froze solid. It worked its way through in about an hour or so and turned the frozen stuff back into fluid. I think it was early in the year and I hadn't changed from the summer stuff. Ever since then I don't even buy anything but minus 45 washer fluid, even in the summer. It was minus 37 celcius this morning here. That's about minus 35 f. brrrr. no work today.
-37. You have got to be kidding ! Please tell me you don't have an outhouse .
 

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Nope as its a product used in the dealing world as a pre wax cleaner or panel wipe. I would highly doubt its your fluid freezing unless your in temps -20. I poor a little warm water over my nozzles when they freeze up and they normally stay good the whole day after that.
My mind was going in a totally different direction starting from "dealing world" - then I realized you meant "detailing" world.

Damn autocorrect?
 

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I tried the hot water on the windshield wiper fluid jets this morning . No good. I will pour some rubbing alcohol in first chance I get.. I don't know how you guys that are further north than NY do it . I cannot imagine leaving the house if it were any colder than it was here the past few days. -4 is the worst I have seen......
Yesterday it was -30°f when I left for work. And I'm in NY, just a whole lot further north than you. Was -11°f when I headed out this morning. You adapt to the cold. Topped out top day at around 2°f and I was making dumpster runs without a coat.

Those are the air temps without wind chill. I don't even want to think about what the wind chill was.
 
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Been minus -15 to -20 the last few nights here. I do not expect the washers to work, i just grab a handful of snow and toss it on the glass to clean it off. Made it all the way to single digits for a high today. Spent the whole day burning waste materials from a job to make room for more. Tomorrow we haul waste from the job to my place all day, at least the truck has good heat.
 
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