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Washer fluid in coolant resevoir, removal, drain and refill

Probably the dumbest thing I have done in a while. Realized it when the washer fluid in light did not go out. First time I've had to fill it in the 3 months I've owned it. I pulled the overflow tube and drove home.

The hemi doesn't leave much room to get around under the hood. There are 3 bolts holding the reservoir in, all 10mm, which must be removed to take it out. The bottom one is pretty well hidden. It goes in towards the passenger side and there is enough room to get at it with a gear wrench. The reservoir can be finagled out the top of the engine bay and emptied. Replacement is the opposite of removal. Refill with 50/50 distilled water and embittered mopar coolant.

Simple enough, but I'm sure someone down the road might need this.

All in all about half an hour and 1 beer start to finish.
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Old 12-27-2013, 07:04 PM
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Re: Washer fluid in coolant resevoir, removal, drain and refill

Been there. Although there is an easier way to purge the puke tank Air pressure.
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Re: Washer fluid in coolant resevoir, removal, drain and refill

The first mod I did on my '10 was to run a strap around my coolant resevoir and over the lid. That way I would have to think twice before pouring washer fluid in. It was tempting!
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Re: Washer fluid in coolant resevoir, removal, drain and refill

I almost did this myself on my first refill.

Stupid Stupid Label.

Both YELLOW.

Radiator has an Icon for "Liquid". Yeah I have liquid in my hand, it must go here.

I just bought colored sharpies to Fix it.

I'm gonna color the Radiator one RED and the Windshield Washer one Blue.

In my VW. They are both Blue. Just as stupidly labeled.

EDIT: Fixed. Should be enough to make me stop and think, I hope.



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Re: Washer fluid in coolant resevoir, removal, drain and refill

I did this too, when I first got my vehicle. I actually used a turkey baster to get most of the liquid out.
How much did you put in? I looked around and it's a pretty common error. Most people were saying that leaving it in would not damage the vehicle since it's water-based.
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Re: Washer fluid in coolant resevoir, removal, drain and refill

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I almost did this myself on my first refill.

Stupid Stupid Label.

Both YELLOW.

Radiator has an Icon for "Liquid". Yeah I have liquid in my hand, it must go here.

I just bought colored sharpies to Fix it.

I'm gonna color the Radiator one RED and the Windshield Washer one Blue.

In my VW. They are both Blue. Just as stupidly labeled.

EDIT: Fixed. Should be enough to make me stop and think, I hope.





Ain't it a shame that they can't use words instead of pictures. Of course then half the population wouldn't have a clue.


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Re: Washer fluid in coolant resevoir, removal, drain and refill

11Hemi,

what you did is nothing to feel bad about.

A while back, one of the guys on the Porsche forum I hang out on, poured coolant in the oil filler tube. On the Boxsters, both coolant and oil filler tube is right next to each other in the back. After pouring coolant, he started the car, probably to check the temperature (I guess), and realized what he had done.

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Re: Washer fluid in coolant resevoir, removal, drain and refill

I used a Sharpie (R) to print 'Washer' on the lid under the picture after I opened the hood the first time.
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I used a Sharpie (R) to print 'Washer' on the lid under the picture after I opened the hood the first time.
The problem with that is it doesn't stop you or someone else from putting it somewhere else you should't.

If you like words, put RADIATOR or HOT on the radiator resivior cap.

The symbol on the washer cap is fine if you see it before the radiator
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Well it's really more the fact that I wrote something on one of the caps that makes me stop and think about what I am doing at that moment.
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Re: Washer fluid in coolant resevoir, removal, drain and refill

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Well it's really more the fact that I wrote something on one of the caps that makes me stop and think about what I am doing at that moment.
Well for me, and idiots like me.

When I saw what looked like it could be the right one, I didn't go hunting for an alternative, until I was just ready to poor and thought is this right?

If I was that smart, I wouldn't have needed any change.

If I saw the one with the Windshield Icon (Which is pretty clear), it would have been pretty damn obvious and adding "Washer" to it would not have prevented the OP or my closely doing the same error at the "Moment".

You want a warning on the Radiator cap to make you stop and think and go looking for a better destination for your washer fluid. Or the new Fluids Kid at Jiffy Lub or Significant Other or etc...

It might be fine for you, that you know to go looking for "Washer" but what about everyone that could potentially add fluid?

You want both caps to make you stop and Think you doing the right thing.

The Radiator one, as stock, might not make everyone stop and think and is the bigger mistake in my opinion. Because the Icon is meaningless.
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Re: Washer fluid in coolant resevoir, removal, drain and refill

Well, add me to the list. Wife's JGC was running low on wiper fluid so I grabbed the remaining quart or so I had on hand and emptied it right into the coolant reservoir. I realized my mistake but also figured that with such a small amount in the overflow tank, it probably wouldn't have been a huge deal except the wiper fluid I used had Rainex added. I don't know what the Rainex would do to the various seals and lines, so I ended up draining the reservoir.

Not sure if the 11's are different but I could not find the third (or final) bolt holding the reservoir in place on our 2012. Got the top two just fine, but there appears to be one more towards the bottom "toe" of the reservoir but there's no way to see it. I used the pump head and tube I have for diff fluid changes to pump out as much as I could of the contaminated fluid.
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