Last post on Feb 01, 2008 at 5:40 AM
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#1 of 4 Windshield Washer reservior/pump freezing
Jan 31, 2008 (2:11 am)
I have a 2007 Honda Civic EX. When the temperature gets below 10 degrees the reservoir freezes and it doesn't spray out onto the windshield. I'm using Prestone Washer fluid good to 34 degrees below zero and it is still freezing up. The dealer says nothing can be done because the pump etc.... is in or by the front bumper. Any thoughts or suggestions? It's is making for somewhat dangerous driving.
#2 of 4 Re: Windshield Washer reservior/pump freezing [studdly]
Jan 31, 2008 (7:51 am)
Although we live in the winter zone (Pa) I have not experienced this however if I am not mistaken the winshield washer resevoir/pump is within the engine compartment where engine heat coupled with the excellent Prestone winter blend washer fluid should eliminate freeze-up. The fact that you experience it is unusual and beyond installing an aftermarket heated washer system (something that used to be available but might have been discontinued) I don't know why this might be happening or how to eliminate it.
#3 of 4 Re: Windshield Washer reservior/pump freezing [studdly]
Jan 31, 2008 (8:59 am)
Get better fluid, and make sure it is not diluted by existing water in the system. Either drain the system before filling, or run the pump till it is empty, before filling up with new fluid. Also be sure to run it and pump new mixture thru the all the lines and nozzles.
#4 of 4 Re: Windshield Washer reservior/pump freezing [kiawah]
Feb 01, 2008 (5:40 am)
The washer fluid he is using (Prestone premium good to -34 deg.) is better than the blue stuff. I use it and have never had it freeze in the washer bottle or at the spray nozzles. However, it MAY freeze if it is sprayed on the glass at road speed at zero or below due to "wind chill" . If there is a better washer fluid...and there may be...I have not found it. But as the previous poster suggested make sure the Prestone fluid isn't diluted with the "blue stuff" that may have been previously used in the washer bottle. NOBODY should be putting water in their system winter OR summer. It is useless, period.