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Freezing Winshield Washer Lines

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by jeremy_283, Jan 12, 2012.

  1. Jan 12, 2012 at 7:54 AM
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    jeremy_283

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    If the windshield washer lines freeze does stuff break?
     
  2. Jan 12, 2012 at 7:56 AM
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    It's possible... If you live in an area that gets that cold, you should be using the appropriate fluids to avoid such complications.
     
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    I imagine the line itself has the potential to break. I never heard of it happening but there is a wiper fluid that is rated for the cold weather. HERE
     
  4. Jan 12, 2012 at 8:33 AM
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    Mine have frozen up a few times over the years and I've never had a problem with them breaking. They thaw pretty quickly from the heat of the engine once you drive for a while. Usually after the first time it happens every year I switch to the winter washer fluid and it seems to help.
     
  5. Jan 12, 2012 at 8:43 AM
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    Agreed. Just don't use them till the engine is up to temp. Plus use a washer fluid w some sort of antifreeze agent.

    You won't have to deal w this in 30 years according to Al Gore:p
     
  6. Jan 12, 2012 at 8:55 AM
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    Mine have froozen a few times when I drive north to visit friends & family for the holidays. Never caused any damage...
     
  7. Jan 12, 2012 at 9:02 AM
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    When I worked for a cadillac dealership in Dallas, TX, we saw this all the time because people would just put water in the washer fluid tank and then the tank would bust when it froze.

    As other have said, just use the right fluid and it's not an issue.
     
  8. Jan 12, 2012 at 2:53 PM
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    My freezes all the time during the winter here. Was actually frozen this morning. Nothing broken so far. Just annoying. I've never changed my fluids, it's just whatever Toyota tops off with during oil changes. I've been meaning to change it to the de-icer type though.
     
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