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Frozen Wiper Reservoir Container #4623386
01/04/18 06:27 AM
01/04/18 06:27 AM
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Cajun Country, La.
BlueOvalFitter Offline OP
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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.
thumbsup USA

Re: Frozen Wiper Reservoir Container [Re: BlueOvalFitter] #4623400
01/04/18 06:43 AM
01/04/18 06:43 AM
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New England
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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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Re: Frozen Wiper Reservoir Container [Re: BlueOvalFitter] #4623416
01/04/18 07:01 AM
01/04/18 07:01 AM
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CA
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What are these mystical products and strange numbers you talk of?

You're talking in riddles!


It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that ain't so.

- mistakenly attributed to Mark Twain
Re: Frozen Wiper Reservoir Container [Re: BlueOvalFitter] #4623428
01/04/18 07:19 AM
01/04/18 07:19 AM
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Ontario, Canada
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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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Re: Frozen Wiper Reservoir Container [Re: BlueOvalFitter] #4623431
01/04/18 07:22 AM
01/04/18 07:22 AM
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IL
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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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Re: Frozen Wiper Reservoir Container [Re: BlueOvalFitter] #4623434
01/04/18 07:25 AM
01/04/18 07:25 AM
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Grand Rapids, MI
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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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Re: Frozen Wiper Reservoir Container [Re: BlueOvalFitter] #4623436
01/04/18 07:27 AM
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NC
fenixguy Offline
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I use Rain-X orange year round. I've never had my washer fluid freeze with it.


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Re: Frozen Wiper Reservoir Container [Re: BlueOvalFitter] #4623451
01/04/18 07:44 AM
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Onondaga County
Miller88 Offline
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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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Re: Frozen Wiper Reservoir Container [Re: fenixguy] #4623469
01/04/18 08:04 AM
01/04/18 08:04 AM
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New England
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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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Re: Frozen Wiper Reservoir Container [Re: fenixguy] #4623482
01/04/18 08:18 AM
01/04/18 08:18 AM
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Raleigh ,NC CSA
rshaw125 Offline
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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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Re: Frozen Wiper Reservoir Container [Re: Virtus_Probi] #4623511
01/04/18 08:49 AM
01/04/18 08:49 AM
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New England
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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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Re: Frozen Wiper Reservoir Container [Re: CharlieBauer] #4623512
01/04/18 08:49 AM
01/04/18 08:49 AM
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New England
Jarlaxle Offline
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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.


1979 Coupe de Ville, 542 stroker, winter storage frown
2011 Crown Vic P71, 5W-20 Super Tech, Super Tech
2011 Sportster 883, winter storage frown
Re: Frozen Wiper Reservoir Container [Re: WishIhadatruck] #4623513
01/04/18 08:50 AM
01/04/18 08:50 AM
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Waco, TX
Linctex Offline
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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


"The evidence demands a verdict".
(Re:VOA)"it's nearly impossible to actually know the particular additives that are in there at what concentrations."
Re: Frozen Wiper Reservoir Container [Re: Jarlaxle] #4623515
01/04/18 08:51 AM
01/04/18 08:51 AM
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Waco, TX
Linctex Offline
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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 ? !? ? !??


"The evidence demands a verdict".
(Re:VOA)"it's nearly impossible to actually know the particular additives that are in there at what concentrations."
Re: Frozen Wiper Reservoir Container [Re: WishIhadatruck] #4623538
01/04/18 09:06 AM
01/04/18 09:06 AM
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New Jersey
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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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