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Old 01-22-2014, 09:58 AM
claptontino claptontino is offline
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Frozen washer jets

My windshield wiper fluid isn't flowing and i've been told by BMW that the jets are probably frozen. It was suggested that I pour hot water on them. Well, I did but they are still not working. I was also told to use defroster. Granted, the temperature is about 5 degrees. Back washers are working but front washers are still not working. Any suggestions?
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Old 01-22-2014, 10:55 AM
guyver626 guyver626 is online now
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If it's frozen. Drive around for awhile hopefully the heat from the engine will unfreeze it when u park. Maybe park it in a garage if possible.

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Old 01-22-2014, 11:25 AM
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I guess one would call it as "BMW idiosyncrasies"
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Old 01-22-2014, 12:05 PM
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When it got to 0 degrees last week both mine and my wife's x3's washers both froze up. After a few hours in the garage for hers and a day or two later for me everything was back to normal. We then used up all our existing window wash and replaced it with rain-x deicer window washer. It was 0 degrees this morning and 15 degrees all day today. My vehicle sat outside all night and my washer system did not freeze up. Works great. You just gotta replace the cheap washer fluid bmw uses. Unless u have heated jets like the land rovers use then u can expect them to freeze up.

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Old 01-22-2014, 12:09 PM
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Sometimes, especially in warmer weather, drivers top off their reservoirs with plain water - and dilute the concentration of the fluid. The suggestion to use the proper washer fluid is the best one. Then wait for a warm day and use the washers a few times to be sure the more concentrated stuff is running through all the hoses.

I imagine folks in the upper midwest USA are driving around with blocks of ice under their hoods too!
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Old 01-22-2014, 12:58 PM
RhoXS RhoXS is online now
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Two things:

First, what are you putting in the washer tank? In the summer I use straight Windex. It is expensive but does a better job than anything else I have tried. Per the Windex MSDS it has no antifreeze properties. so in the winter I use a product sold by Wallmart in gallon plastic containers that is advertised to be good to minus 20 below zero (F). It obviously works well because I sprayed my windshield this morning with it -4 outside and had no problem.

Second, I am not sure, but the nozzles I think are heated. If this is so, the fluid probably froze in the line somewhere.

Last October when the temps started dropping I switched from Windex to the Wallmart product. I had the sense to be sure the windshield washers lines were flushed of Windex before the first freeze a few days later and never had a problem with them. I did not have the sense to remeber to remember to flush the line to the rear window and it did freeze.

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