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Old 07-10-2014, 05:59 PM
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LOL... it gets pretty damn cold here in WI and I've never had a problem with my washer fluid freezing up.
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Old 07-10-2014, 06:49 PM
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LOL... it gets pretty damn cold here in WI and I've never had a problem with my washer fluid freezing up.

Also in Wisconsin, I had -24 last winter on one of my outdoor cams. And that was without windchill. My washer fluid is -35F, and I still see icing/freeze up.


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Old 07-10-2014, 07:17 PM
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Also in Wisconsin, I had -24 last winter on one of my outdoor cams. And that was without windchill. My washer fluid is -35F, and I still see icing/freeze up.


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I look at it this way... in weather like that, heated or not, it's still going to ice up once you spray it.

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I look at it this way... in weather like that, heated or not, it's still going to ice up once you spray it.


WoW - well with logic like that, one should never spray it then?


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Old 07-11-2014, 07:14 AM
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It is what it is... are you having trouble with the logic?

Using your -24F air temp as an example, what is still going to be in a liquid form that would end up on your windshield and require the use of the washer?
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Using your -24F air temp as an example, what is still going to be in a liquid form that would end up on your windshield and require the use of the washer?
A snow brush would be more useful

Hot Water Plus Cold Air Equalls INSTANT SNOW!! - YouTube

Heated wiper blades are also an option

Heated Windshield Wiper Blades | Everblades - The Hot Ones

Only freezing problem I ever had were the washer lines. A ford escape used one washer reservoir and had lines going to the rear wiper. Those lines froze with every freezing day. A block heater is money well spent.
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Also in Wisconsin, I had -24 last winter on one of my outdoor cams. And that was without windchill. My washer fluid is -35F, and I still see icing/freeze up.


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If your vehicle is moving, the fluid will evaporate, and that can cool it below the freezing point... plus, the first to evaporate would be any alcohols, so if there's enough of it, the remnant water will freeze.

I doubt the heater or external blanket would truly deal with it 100%, any more than juicing up the fluid with about half pure isopropyl does, but freeway driving in blizzards below zero can put a lot of ice on the vehicle, enough the sensors get coated, the ACC takes the day off, etc.
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Re: Heated Washer Solvent Kit

Lived in Fairbanks Alaska, -50/-60 common, our Mercedes had heated washer fluid (coil in washer fluid tank from engine) really made a nice difference clearing ice and snow from windshield. I'd consider adding this if I still lived there.
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Re: Heated Washer Solvent Kit

I had the kit installed on my new 2014 Overland. I did not like it because it keep pushing washer fluid back thought my spray nozzles on my hood. Dealer said it was normal because of the water being hot. About 2 months after having it installed I was driving down the road a saw my temp going up. Stopped beside the road and open hood to find that one of the heater hoses that came with kit had blown out and split down the side. I was losing engine coolant fast. I had the kit removed and am happy that I did. It was money thrown away. The kit is junk and the hoses are cheap.
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