My Windshield Fluid Is Frozen?

Frozen windshield wiper fluid

What You Should Do If Your Windshield Wiper Fluid Freezes

When it comes to cold Canadian winters and freezing temperatures, it is not uncommon for some people's windshield wiper fluid to freeze. Not being able to see out of your windows is not only extremely dangerous, but it could cost you a big ticket if a law enforcement officer sees you driving without a clear view out of all your windows. Here are some options for you in case your windshield wiper fluid freezes.

First, you should aim to purchase a winter solution rather than a summer one. The winter solution usually has a higher concentration of antifreeze, which will be less likely to freeze and will also help to melt frost and ice on your windshield.

 If you notice that your winter fluid is freezing, it might be old and the methylated spirits might've evaporated, making the solution mostly water. If this is the case, then you must drain this fluid out and put in a newer winter solution to fix the problem.

If it is freezing and you don't have any extra winter solution on hand, here are some options for thawing it out.

The easiest way to get your washer fluid back to a liquid state is to park in a warm garage, however, this may take some time. If you don't have that much time or a garage to put your car in, you could opt for using a hairdryer on the hot setting and pointing it towards the windshield washer reservoir for a few minutes. Another option is to use heating pads in and around the reservoir, the lower the better so the heat can rise upwards.

Finally, the last option is to remove the reservoir bottle from the vehicle and take it inside to warm it up near a heater or under some hot water. You can also empty out the solution this way so that you can fill it with a new winter solution instead. If you aren't comfortable with this option but want to drain your washer fluid, we can help! Our service centre technicians can replace your fluid for you.

If you are unsure of what fluid to purchase or need help with anything else vehicle-related, don't hesitate to contact us, one of our knowledgeable associates will be happy to help.

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