Tips on How to Prevent Your Windshield Washer Fluid From Freezing

Keeping fluids and parts from freezing in your vehicle is a must for Bear, DE residents to avoid unitary repair bills in the winter. Essential fluids like coolant, gas, and windshield washer fluid are also susceptible to freeze. 

Today, we are going to go in-depth, specifically on windshield washer fluid. Frozen fluid will not only prevent you from using it, but it can also cause the liquid to expand and force leaks and cracks. Burst washer fluid reservoirs and broken pumps are typical results of frozen washer fluid, but its passageways and nozzles can also be damaged. 


Often, repairs to these components can be costly. Thankfully, you can easily avoid them if you do the following:

  • Park in a garage if possible to limit the exposure to the cold
  • Provide heat for the reservoir
  • Use special freeze-resistant windshield washer fluid

Parking in a covered space is one of the simplest ways to keep your fluids and parts healthy in the winter. Even if your garage isn't heated, it wouldn't be as harsh as parking it in the cold. If you don't have any way to keep your vehicle indoors, you may consider providing heat near the reservoir.


Lastly, the most effective way to keep your windshield washer fluid from freezing is to add freeze-resistant washer fluid in place of your old fluid. This type of cleaner has chemical properties, including a higher concentration of alcohol and antifreeze to lower its freezing point. If the washer fluid you installed in your car doesn't claim to be freeze-resistant, it probably is not. Just remember not to mix different washer fluids. If you aren't sure what kind of wiper fluid your reservoir contains now, consider draining the system thoroughly before adding the new freeze-resistant fluid. At Fox Run Auto Inc, we can do your fluid flush for you! Please give us a call or visit our team for any auto inquiries.

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