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Old 12-17-2010, 11:57 AM
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Did Dodge ever test this body style below freezing? I always run deicing washer fluid in the winter and it doesn't seem to matter. gets below freezing and the darn things don't work. Makes for wonderful driving when the salt trucks have been out and the road is a mess. Can't use the wipers because that just smears it. washer fluid won't work unless you've been sitting at a stop light with a hot engine. Get down the highway a mile and they are frozen up again.

Between that and windows freezing shut makes me think Dodge is not a cold weather vehicle (although it does quite well and can be a lot of fun in the snow)

Anyone have any ideas to keep them from freezing up?
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What washer fluid are you running? In winter you need to run -45C washer fluid or the fluid itse;f freezes in the lines. I forgot to change mine over and we had an early freeze last year, and I ended up like you, with nothing!

They do well in the canadian winters, you just have to do the prep work. Like the doors, get a silicone spray lubricant and spray it where the weatherstriping seals and you won't have a freezing issue, also add dry graphite to your door locks if you use your key.
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My fluid is good to -35f but they freeze by 15f. makes me mad that they are worthless most all winter. I don't have problems with the doors, just the windows occasionally. Mainly just the juice. Do they make a heater for them?

Maybe a good bug defector will help! Been wanting one. Help keep the "wind" off. I bet I can make that sell to the wife!
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Yeah, we have both -35 and -45 up here too, and the -35 is pretty much useless for us. As for in-line fluid heaters, I know a canadian chain was selling a washer fluid heater a couple of years ago, I had a look around for ya.

http://www.windshieldwiperheaters.com/
http://www.autoanything.com/driving-...A5007A0A0.aspx
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I've seen that unit. Just haven't had time to research them yet.

Thanks for the look see.
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I've had similar problems with all my vehicles, so it's not just a Dodge issue. As kurtis said, preparing is the best defense. It's possible that the lines are partially blocked (this happens with cheap fluid regardless of the temp rating). Disconnect the lines from the washer pump and nozzles and blow them out with compressed air.
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What washer fluid are you running? In winter you need to run -45C washer fluid or the fluid itse;f freezes in the lines. I forgot to change mine over and we had an early freeze last year, and I ended up like you, with nothing!

They do well in the canadian winters, you just have to do the prep work. Like the doors, get a silicone spray lubricant and spray it where the weatherstriping seals and you won't have a freezing issue, also add dry graphite to your door locks if you use your key.

I agree entirely with CdnoilRAM. I run winter washer fluid all year round to ensure no freeze-up when the weather quickly changes and it does here in Canada. -45C is the best and you must keep the squirter nozzles located on the hood free of ice/snow. Silicone spray (weatherstripping) and graphite powder (door locks) is a must. I also use a good white lithium grease on the door hinges. Also, I always wipe dry the door and cab weatherstripping & edge metal whenever washing my truck in cold weather to prevent freezing.
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