Yesterday afternoon while my wife and I were out running some errands I noticed the light on my dash panel that let me know I was low on windshield washer fluid. He no problem. I had a bottle in the back of my vehicle and another in the house. Plus, the weather was nice enough out that it wouldn’t be that bad to rectify the problem.
When we got home I unlocked the hood of my vehicle, popped open the cap for the washer fluid container, and went to the back and grabbed my bottle of washer fluid. I started pouring the fluid and continued to do so until no more fluid was coming out of the bottle. The reason no more came out wasn’t because the bottle was empty, it was because the rest of the fluid was frozen. Uh oh.
I quickly swung the bottle around so I could read the front label. Just as I had expected, it was summertime washer fluid. It had partly frozen from sitting in my vehicle for the last few weeks.
I ran into the house and grabbed the wintertime washer fluid and went back out to my vehicle hoping that by mixing the two, I might save myself from having frozen washer fluid in the container, which might crack the darn thing. The last thing I want to do this week is replace that container.
I guess I could have sat in my car for 15 minutes, continually washing my windshield until the fluid ran out, but I really thought mixing the two would do the trick.
When I got into my vehicle this morning I tried to pump some fluid on to my windshield, to no avail. That stuff is frozen and there’s not a damn thing I can do about it until I get it into someplace warm long enough for it to thaw out.
I don’t even know why I’d by anything other than all season washer fluid, but I can promise you, that’s a mistake I won’t make again.