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    Frozen windshield washer nozzles

    Greetings everyone!
    On my way home from work yesterday morning, I went to use the washers on my car and nothing came out at first. Then, after driving about 12 miles and getting the car to operating temp, I was at a stoplight and tried to use them again. Slush came out this time and that baffles me, because I just filled the reservoir with fluid that was supposedly good to -25 degrees, yet it was still 10 degrees outside. Is anyone else having this type of issue and if so, does anyone know if there is a TSB on it? Any help and/or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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    That hasn't happened to me yet since owning it, HOWEVER...just wait until the windshield wipers freeze to the windshield. That WILL happen!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by iCruze2 View Post
    HOWEVER...just wait until the windshield wipers freeze to the windshield. That WILL happen!!!
    Well, maybe not if I can't get any fluid out of the washers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by spaycace View Post
    Well, maybe not if I can't get any fluid out of the washers!
    WRONG!!! lol, when it rains/snows, they freeze to the window..inevitable unfortunately :/

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    Sounds like cheap fluid. Was it the cheap blue stuff, or a more expensive fluid?

    Also, there was probably some old fluid in the lines still that froze until the new fluid reached it. If you filled with summer-only solution previously and only recently needed to refill, that could be an issue also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iCruze2 View Post
    WRONG!!! lol, when it rains/snows, they freeze to the window..inevitable unfortunately :/
    That's why you put 'em up in the air whenever it's going to snow!
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    If your car got wet recently and you hadn't used your washers in a while you could have gotten a small amount of water in the nozzle itself.

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    Seeing where the fill is for the washer bottle indicates it hangs on the outside of the engine compartment. That means when driving the container does get some windchill effect. If you tank was not fully empty even a little summer washer fluid will drastically change the cold weather performance.

    My last car had a very similar location & even the -25 stuff would turn to slush. If you buy the -35 washer fluid it would not do it. Another option you added a bit more methyl alcohol(also known as methanol). This is the active ingredient in the yellow bottles of 'heat' brand gas line antifreeze. This is the same thing they add to the washer fluid to give it the lower rating.

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    I use Prestone de-icer washer fluid that has a -34 rating. Here's a link to amazon but there price is ridiculous. think its under $4 at walmart.
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    You need to purge all the old fluid out of the resovoir.

    What I did was this:

    - pull the wiper fuse from the relay box under the hood.

    - disconnect the single rubber line that attaches to the T connector for the spray nozzles.

    - insert this line into a large empty bottle.

    - key on the ignition power (dont start vehicle)

    - press the lever in the cabin which releases windshield fluid (this will purge all the fluid into your empty bottle)

    Be sure to unrelease lever for fluid once you see there isnt anymore shooting out or until the sound pitch of the fluid motor starts to increase. You dont want to burn it out.

    - reconnect rubber line to plastic T

    - reinsert wiper fuse
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