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    Front windshield washer fluid not coming out

    This has been going on for a couple of weeks. At first I didn't think it was a big deal but it keeps happening every time the temperatures drop below 0C the front windshield washer fluid doesn't come out ! When temperatures rise above freezing, it works fine.

    It sounds like something is frozen somewhere but washer fluid can't freeze under the hood, especially with the engine heat. The van is been driven every day. I added more fluid to no avail ! I checked the holes and the pipes under the hood and I didn't notice anything wrong !

    It wasn't fun today on the 401 HWY in Toronto with all the blowing snow and not able to wash the windshield. Has anyone experienced this ?
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    Do you have winter blend washer fluid in there? The plain jane stuff freezes about the same as regular water.
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    If yours is like mine, it can freeze and freeze quickly. The solvent tank on the 05 is actually outside the engine compartment, in the front fender area very close to the front where it would get good and cold when driving (wind chill at 60 is a killer), but likely you are freezing at the tiny hoses going to the nozzles. The only way to prevent it is using a cleaner designed for you temp. You may like to look at a post where quite a bit of discussion on how to make your own, or heat up what is in the tank may apply to you. "Do it Yourself washer fluid" or something like that, it is a week old. You might add two bottles of 90% Isopropyl (rubbing alcohol) to your mix and run enough through to get it up to the nozzles. Try one bottle, if that is not enough, use the second. You can drain some of your current fluid out with a siphon hose. Always in the future add the alcohol first before whatever fluid you use to get good mixing.
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    Living in San Jose we don't get many days at all below freezing but we did have one or 2 a few weeks ago. The same thing happened to me. I tried to use the washer to help de-ice the windshield but nothing came out of one nozzle and a drizzle came out of the other. I assumed it was something frozen like the washer fluid wasn't rated low enough or water from condensation froze in or on the nozzles and blocked them. Then it warmed up a few hours later and it was fine. I can't say for sure what caused it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sat22 View Post
    This has been going on for a couple of weeks. At first I didn't think it was a big deal but it keeps happening every time the temperatures drop below 0C the front windshield washer fluid doesn't come out ! When temperatures rise above freezing, it works fine.

    It sounds like something is frozen somewhere but washer fluid can't freeze under the hood, especially with the engine heat. The van is been driven every day. I added more fluid to no avail ! I checked the holes and the pipes under the hood and I didn't notice anything wrong !

    It wasn't fun today on the 401 HWY in Toronto with all the blowing snow and not able to wash the windshield. Has anyone experienced this ?
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    You may have had a jug of the summer washer fluid left over and used it inadvertently?
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    This is common for all vehicles if the right mixture isn't used.
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    I've had this happen when I didn't change over from bug-juice to antifreeze in time for it to work through the system before cold weather. I've added windshield-washer antifreeze concentrate to the reservoir and run some fluid through after the vehicle sat in a warm(er) garage for some time after being driven. Then I only use brand-name antifreeze. I've had some generic blue-stuff freeze before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gumby View Post
    You may have had a jug of the summer washer fluid left over and used it inadvertently?

    That's what happened. I've drained it and refill with a winter fluid and so far so good. Tx for all the replies.
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    I had the exact same thing happen to me last weekend. I bought the -20 degree stuff at a truckstop and minutes later even it was frozen, so I reccomend getting the best anti freeze stuff you can.

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