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#4623386 - 01/04/18 06:27 AM Frozen Wiper Reservoir Container
BlueOvalFitter Offline


Registered: 02/28/03
Posts: 6003
Loc: Cajun Country, La.
Two days ago I had to go to the bank at about 2 PM. The night before the temperature had dipped down to 22* real feel 9*. I forgot to put some blue stuff in my wiper reservoir. It was a balmy 25* when I went to the bank, which is 6 miles away. Upon hitting the wash button, NOTHING! Not even a noise from the motor. I drove to the bank, did my business, and about halfway home, the motor started making noise. Then, about another mile or less, water FINALLY started coming from the jets.
I posted this for those in the VERY COLD areas, add the blue stuff! I was very lucky nothing broke on my system.
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#4623400 - 01/04/18 06:43 AM Re: Frozen Wiper Reservoir Container [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
Virtus_Probi Offline


Registered: 06/25/15
Posts: 3970
Loc: New England
I generally use -20F "all season" fluid in the summer and just finished a jug of -30F winter stuff...the lowest claimed freezing temp I could find to replace it was -27F!
?????
The new stuff was Prestone (yes, I made sure it wasn't coolant!), the WM Supertech winter stuff only claimed -25F.
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#4623416 - 01/04/18 07:01 AM Re: Frozen Wiper Reservoir Container [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
CharlieBauer Offline


Registered: 03/29/16
Posts: 1177
Loc: CA
What are these mystical products and strange numbers you talk of?

You're talking in riddles!
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#4623428 - 01/04/18 07:19 AM Re: Frozen Wiper Reservoir Container [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
IndyIan Offline


Registered: 09/23/08
Posts: 9092
Loc: Ontario, Canada
2 years ago I bought some cheaper -30C stuff and it froze! It seemed to separate as it froze as well as it got up to -10 C and the lines were still frozen, but a bit of gas line antifreeze thawed it out finally.
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#4623431 - 01/04/18 07:22 AM Re: Frozen Wiper Reservoir Container [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
GimmeTorq Offline


Registered: 09/23/02
Posts: 209
Loc: IL
LOL... did happen to me once... the Splash blue that I usually buy comes in two versions, one "summer" version, good down to 32* and one "all season" version, good down to -20*. I had the 32* in the system at the beginning of winter by mistake blush
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#4623434 - 01/04/18 07:25 AM Re: Frozen Wiper Reservoir Container [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
WishIhadatruck Offline


Registered: 05/09/06
Posts: 1397
Loc: Grand Rapids, MI
Some of the cheaper winter fluids just have alcohol that can evaporate out of the water and still allow it to freeze on the windshield, or in the reservoir if it is old enough. I just run better Pres-tone winter fluid all year round, I don't use enough in the summer to worry about the small added expense. Also, be careful of the blue fluid, some of it is not much more than blue water and freezes at 32 deg. F. It is summer use only.
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#4623436 - 01/04/18 07:27 AM Re: Frozen Wiper Reservoir Container [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
fenixguy Offline


Registered: 02/08/17
Posts: 307
Loc: NC
I use Rain-X orange year round. I've never had my washer fluid freeze with it.
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#4623451 - 01/04/18 07:44 AM Re: Frozen Wiper Reservoir Container [Re: BlueOvalFitter]
Miller88 Offline


Registered: 04/09/08
Posts: 12703
Loc: Onondaga County
I stock up on the colder temperature Rain-X fluid in the winter. Not sure if they sell it all year - but I also don't want to get caught with summer stuff in my washer reservoir when winter rolls around.
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#4623469 - 01/04/18 08:04 AM Re: Frozen Wiper Reservoir Container [Re: fenixguy]
Virtus_Probi Offline


Registered: 06/25/15
Posts: 3970
Loc: New England
Originally Posted By: fenixguy
I use Rain-X orange year round. I've never had my washer fluid freeze with it.


I had a bad experience with Rain-X orange, felt like stuff was building up on my windshield and I also had to wipe the blades off fairly often.
I know a lot of people love it and it sells well, just wasn't for me.
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#4623482 - 01/04/18 08:18 AM Re: Frozen Wiper Reservoir Container [Re: fenixguy]
rshaw125 Offline


Registered: 08/18/04
Posts: 3258
Loc: Raleigh ,NC CSA
Originally Posted By: fenixguy
I use Rain-X orange year round. I've never had my washer fluid freeze with it.



Same here. Less than $3 a gallon at Walmart.
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#4623511 - 01/04/18 08:49 AM Re: Frozen Wiper Reservoir Container [Re: Virtus_Probi]
Jarlaxle Offline


Registered: 02/02/12
Posts: 8163
Loc: New England
Originally Posted By: Virtus_Probi
I generally use -20F "all season" fluid in the summer and just finished a jug of -30F winter stuff...the lowest claimed freezing temp I could find to replace it was -27F!
?????
The new stuff was Prestone (yes, I made sure it wasn't coolant!), the WM Supertech winter stuff only claimed -25F.


Try Advance or Auto Zone-they have the Prestone de-icer, or Windex-branded de-icer. (It's purple.) Both work exceptionally well-better, I have found, than the Rain-X stuff.
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#4623512 - 01/04/18 08:49 AM Re: Frozen Wiper Reservoir Container [Re: CharlieBauer]
Jarlaxle Offline


Registered: 02/02/12
Posts: 8163
Loc: New England
Originally Posted By: CharlieBauer
What are these mystical products and strange numbers you talk of?

You're talking in riddles!


It's OK-the really good stuff is illegal in California.
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#4623513 - 01/04/18 08:50 AM Re: Frozen Wiper Reservoir Container [Re: WishIhadatruck]
Linctex Offline


Registered: 12/31/16
Posts: 6148
Loc: Waco, TX
Originally Posted By: WishIhadatruck
Some of the cheaper winter fluids just have alcohol that can evaporate out of the water and still allow it to freeze on the windshield, or in the reservoir if it is old enough.


I hate to add a little rubbing alcohol to mine last week, because it was freezing in the sprayer nozzles
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#4623515 - 01/04/18 08:51 AM Re: Frozen Wiper Reservoir Container [Re: Jarlaxle]
Linctex Offline


Registered: 12/31/16
Posts: 6148
Loc: Waco, TX
Originally Posted By: Jarlaxle

It's OK-the really good stuff is illegal in California.


To buy windshield washer fluid at Walmart, the cashier has to verify you are at least 18.

WHY ? !? ? !??
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#4623538 - 01/04/18 09:06 AM Re: Frozen Wiper Reservoir Container [Re: WishIhadatruck]
JHZR2 Offline



Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 41777
Loc: New Jersey
Originally Posted By: WishIhadatruck
Some of the cheaper winter fluids just have alcohol that can evaporate out of the water and still allow it to freeze on the windshield, or in the reservoir if it is old enough. I just run better Pres-tone winter fluid all year round, I don't use enough in the summer to worry about the small added expense. Also, be careful of the blue fluid, some of it is not much more than blue water and freezes at 32 deg. F. It is summer use only.


Ive experienced this too.

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