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Old 01-01-2011, 01:11 PM
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Default Windsheild Washer Fluid Freezing?

I'm not a fan of the new windshield washer system on the new Dodge trucks. They are mounted on the hood and when you use them they spray fluid all over the back of the hood. Pretty stupid place to mount them if you ask me.

Anyway, now I am having a problem with the washer fluid system freezing up. Obviously, I have the blue stuff in the tank, but when I push the button nothing comes out. I pulled the truck into a warm garage, drained the fluid tank, (there was ice in the bottom so I may have had a bad bottle of blue stuff) added warm blue fluid and everything was good until the next day. (4F night time low)

In looking at the system the fluid drains back into the tank after using it, leaving the hood mounted sprayers easy targets of freezing rain, melting snow from the heat of the engine, and other moisture to freeze over night.

Anyone else having windshield washer issues?
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That sucks. I don't know that you can avoid this in freezing rain and single digit or - temps.
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I know the washer fluid has a couple temp ranges, might want to check the label on the bottle to see which one you have.
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There may have been some weak stuff left over from the factory or dealer prep. The stuff I added was good down to -20F unless I got a bad bottle. The guys (I know them pretty good from keeping my '99 Dodge running) at Autozone said they have not had any complaints.

The freezing rain thing sucks though. We'll see, just wondered if anyone else has had the issue.
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thats weird because where i live in the winter time its always atleast -20 and i havnt had any problem with the nozzles freezing or anything...sorry to hear about your problem and hope u get it fixed!!!!
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you probably have a generic brand of washer fluid. i tried using the washer fluid rated for -20 and it still froze, so i drained it and went with a fluid with a rating of -35 it was hard to find, but since then i haven't had a problem.

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homemade non freezing washer fluid

Ammonia and Water
One option is mixing 70 percent water (distilled, preferably) and 30 percent non-sudsing ammonia in a large plastic container fitted with a tight lid. According to ThriftyFun.com, non-sudsing ammonia doesn't freeze and "leaves no residue or detergents on your windshield." You can also add a splash of vinegar to this mixture to help break down grime. a few drops of food coloring will let you turn it blue or another color

http://www.ehow.com/video_2328527_wi...her-fluid.html
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