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Windshield washer fluid problem

I rarely use my windshield washer but today, with the temps in the teens and all the salt on the roads I needed to. I haven't refilled my fluid since I bought my 453 in March and still had half a tankful. My washer didn't work! On checking my fluid level I had half a tank...of ice! I checked my wife's 453 and found the same thing, half a tank and ice. Either the dealership is watering down their fluid or the OEM stuff is real cheap. I added some -27 degree fluid and I hope it will thaw out my lines and I find no expansion leaks tomorrow when it's supposed to get into the 40's.
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Wow, that's unusual! OE fluid in both my '13 and '16 lasted almost a year and both were definitely low temp fluid.
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That sucks!

Here, as a precautionary measure, I add the hard to find winter stuff just in case I bring a car somewhere cold. But here you have to really look to find the winter formulation.

(I'm worried you'll have ice plus the fluid on top in the morning. )

Can you get a blow drier to it?
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Whoopie! Windshield washer thawed and working. I ran the washer enough to flush the weaker solution out (I hope) so that should take care of that.
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So I'm not crazy. I tried using mine in the teens too. It wasn't frozen, but it came out kinda "goopy" instead of actually spraying. I'll take note of this!
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On my 453 the original washer fluid was frozen solid at 6 degrees. Service hatch latches were also frozen solid. Finally thawed out and I refilled with Prestone de-icer washer fluid. All is good.
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Sounds like we have a trend going. I should have noticed earlier in the year when I tried to wash my windshield and it iced up.
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Hmm, I'm using the winter stuff but still had some problems when I was driving home in last weekend's snow storm. I thought it was the wiper blades and ordered new ones. But, thinking about it after reading this thread, I'm not sure that was the whole problem. When I turned the defrost on full blast with the heat all the way up it minimized the problem so I'm wondering if it was actually a slurry that was freezing and fuzzing up my view. I've never had the problem before and the stuff I've used year round for the last 7 1/2 years is supposed to be good to -27. Any thoughts?
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Hmm, I'm using the winter stuff but still had some problems when I was driving home in last weekend's snow storm. I thought it was the wiper blades and ordered new ones. But, thinking about it after reading this thread, I'm not sure that was the whole problem. When I turned the defrost on full blast with the heat all the way up it minimized the problem so I'm wondering if it was actually a slurry that was freezing and fuzzing up my view. I've never had the problem before and the stuff I've used year round for the last 7 1/2 years is supposed to be good to -27. Any thoughts?
Mixed with the snow "slurry" it increased the freezing point of the mixture, fluid plus snow slush.... (A shot at the answer. ) Must be cold! I'm shivering just thinking about it.
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I think you're right that the "fuzzy" slurry was mostly snow, possibly mixed with a bit of ww fluid, that my aging wipers didn't clear completely. Thanks
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