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#1150 of 2171 2002 Cavalier: Frozen Windshield Wiper Fluid System?
Dec 01, 2002 (3:47 pm)
I attempted a search for this issue at Edmunds, but I came up with a blank. Anyone experience this problem of not being able to wash their windshield because the fluid dispensing system froze? At least I'm assuming it froze.
I purchased a 2002 Cavalier coupe for my daughter, for her senior year college internship. So far no problems. However, today she went back to college after being home for a week (for Thanksgiving break). She called this evening and said that when she tried to clean the windshield (after a truck passed her on the interstate), no fluid would come out. She tried it again when she parked at her apartment; again, no fluid. By the way, she had to wash her windshield earlier during the trip, and it worked fine (which is why I think the system froze due to the weather).
The temperature today in PA was a frosty 25 degrees F, with a wind chill of 14. I had the car in to the Chevy dealer that I purchased it from right before Thanksgiving, for an oil change/lube and tire rotation. All the fluid levels were also topped off (I checked the windshield wiper fluid level myself after getting the car back - it was completely full).
I had a 1984 Cavalier that would sometimes have the nozzles located on the hood of the car freeze so that windshield fluid would not come out, but I thought the newer design of having the fluid pumped to the wiper blades might not cause such freezing problems.
Anyone have any thoughts or experience? I hope that the windshield fluid was "full strength" and not diluted for summer (when I bought the vehicle).
#1151 of 2171 Morton..
Dec 02, 2002 (7:32 am)
I would get some of the pink washer fluid you see in stores. It's about 2x the price of the blue stuff, but it will not freeze. And it is possible that the washer nozzles froze. I lifted the hood of my car (an 02 Jetta) yesterday to check something, and water ran out of the washer nozzles. Mine are heated, so I suppose if they weren't, mine would be frozen as well.
Dec 02, 2002 (10:01 am)
I have found out that if drive in rain then have a freeze,they at times will freeze up.
I take a pin and clean them out,i keep one in the glove box.
Dec 02, 2002 (12:16 pm)
I never thought about the washers freezing up. They have always worked in any car that I have had. Maybe the Cav's freeze up easier because of their location (on the wiper arm itself). With snow/ice/rain freezing to the wipers, they probably freeze right along with that.
Dec 08, 2002 (4:31 pm)
I have a 2002 cavalier with 9000 miles. No problems yet. What can I expect, in the way of problems? I mainly concerned about tranny and engine issues. I've been told that the 2.2L shells out head gaskets at about 60,000. Just looking for a "heads up" Thanks. Paul
Dec 08, 2002 (6:11 pm)
See post 1101. My $.02.
Dec 08, 2002 (6:22 pm)
I hear it both ways. Some love the 2.2litre for its simple design, others curse it. From what everyone is saying the new 2.2 eco engine is better. For a car that many hate I see alot of them on the roads. About the head gaskets, some failures have been reported. I dont know much about the newer motors and if GM has fixed this.
#1157 of 2171 Caesar...
Dec 08, 2002 (6:37 pm)
You see alot of Cavs on the road because of their low prices, and they are also popular in rental fleets.
Dec 09, 2002 (5:27 am)
We had a 3 year lease on a 99 and had no problems. Our friends have a 96 and have had no problems. You might have some engine issues, but don't count on them. The engine is not as unreliable as some would have you believe. The new 2.2L Ecotec is a much better motor though.
#1159 of 2171 Dindak..
Dec 09, 2002 (8:08 am)
I don't know about in Canada, but most of the Cavalier 2.2s here in the states have been recalled for head gasket problems. I had a 96 that didn't have problems but I only had 40K on it when I traded it (it had other problems). Every 2.2 Cavalier from 1992 to 99 has been recalled for head gasket problems. I am sure this will change with the Ecotec engine though.