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Old 14 Jan 2005, 12:55 am
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Default Frozen Windshield Washer Nozzles

I have a 2001 Cruiser, and lately, when the temperatures have been in the single digits, my windshield washer nozzles have completely stopped working. I started using the purple fluid for extreme temperatures but the nozzles are still completely frozen. Has anyone else in a cold climate had this problem? Any suggestions? I've never run into this problem before, even with other Chrysler vehicles.
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Old 14 Jan 2005, 08:55 am
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Welcome.
I use "de-icer" fluid - either Rain-x or Prestone. (WalMart)
I'd run the washers and pump most of what's in there out, then fill.
Not sure what purple stuff is.
I haven't had problems to about 10 below (as cold as it gets where I am).
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Welcome to the forum pavplus,
I had 1 freeze up in the last cold snap. I thought it was a fluke never had that problem before and car went thru a winter already. I'll probably take QSD's advice and go to the de-icer fluid.
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Or maybe try this: http://www.jcwhitney.com/autoparts/P...90003801TH0105
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The only way that the washer fluid can freeze is if the alcohol content is too low. The proper mix of water and alcohol won't freeze. Alcohol tends to evaporate a little sooner than water. If the washer fluid isn't fresh and has been in the holding tank for a long time, the concentration of alcohol may be low. It's best to start the cold season with fresh washer fluid.

Edit: If you have put new fluid in the resevoir, be sure to pump the old stuff out of the lines. If the "Purple Stuff" is still freezing, then it's not a proper mix and of poor quality.
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