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Frozen windshield washer fluid reservoir

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Frozen windshield washer fluid reservoir

OK, my wife made a mistake when she bought (what she thought) was windshield washer fluid. It was actually "window and and screen washer". After a few minutes of me pointing out the picture of the person on the label cleaning windows on a lovely summers day and telling her to read labels, I got to thinking how I could solve the problem.

It's now frozen in the pipes and reservoir. We don't have a garage so it's going to be difficult to get it to thaw out (and we can't wait until Spring!), and we don't have any plans of taking a road trip to Florida :)

Does anyone have any suggestions? I don't think that pouring hot water into the reservoir would solve it as it has to travel down the pipes first so that I can start squirting it out onto the windshield.
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Go to a car wash when its not busy and let it sit in there for awhile. See if that thaws it out enough.

Hair dryer might work as well, then drain it all out.
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Go park it in an underground garage...
go shopping for a few hours..
once it's melted... drain and refill with the proper stuff..
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park at a friends heated garage of anysort! needs to sit for at least overnite. w/bow dryer would help also.
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is the reservoir completely full? if not, add non-freezing stuff and you'll be okay.
if you drive for a long time, the heat from the engine will usually be enough to melt the stuff as well.
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you can try removing the rubber hoses and set them out to defrost.
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GOod luck, and hopefully the resevoir or the pipes are not cracked from the expansion already. Might be a costly fix.
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I lazily forgot to do that last year when moved from Tampa, Fl and had this crack..... a small one i assume since every time I fill the reservoir up with washer fluid.....NEXT morning its half full :lol:


I dont think i need to get it fixed as of now.....
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on *most* cars, it'll cost about 100 (give or take) to buy a new reservoir (even less if bought used) and replacing one isn't that difficult. Maybe an hour if you are slow and unfamiliar with the car.
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Drain it out ASAP, or things can get exploded when it's this cold in the winter!
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see if you can borrow a block heater from a friend. turn if on for about 2-4 hours and it should dethaw
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fast_typeR wrote:see if you can borrow a block heater from a friend. turn if on for about 2-4 hours and it should dethaw
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relax nothing will explode!
the pipes are rubber hoses!
i suggest parking underground or somewhere heated ,
have u tried driving a long time perhaps 1hr on the highway somthing like that? im sure the heat from the engine will thaw that out.
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