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  • Frozen Windscreen Washer

    Yes, I know I should have put extra fluid in before the cold weather, but this year I forgot, and the inevitable happened. I have now had a week of travelling around with a bottle of water, and stopping every so often to wash the windscreen.

    I looked on the internet about how to defrost the system, and it suggested as follows:

    Syphon out all the liquid, and fill up with hot water. Run the washer, and then syphon out the water and refill with fluid.

    Today I went to B&Q to buy some tubing, and got a vile mouthful of fluid syphoning out the existing. Then I refilled with hot water. Still nothing, not even a buzzing sound, so I syphoned out the hot water so it doesn't freeze overnight.

    Eventually I twigged that the seized motor had blown the fuse. No spares of course, so I have just been to Halfords. It is now dark, and snowing, and I will have to leave the problem for tomorrow.

    Is it likely that the motor was damaged by being frozen, or will it work when I defrost it?

  • #2
    Panic over folks.

    The snow stopped, so I just went out with a torch and replaced the fluid & fuse. Fortunately going out for the fuse warmed up the engine bay, and defrosted the tubes, and the system now works.

    Thank God for that!

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    • #3
      Yonks ago I drove to work at the crack of before dawn. I had de iced the windscreen but took a diversion into a vale and freezing mist turned my windscreen to a sheet of ice. I had to drive dog like, head out of the window

      A few days later and ever since then its been heated front windscreen as standard. Never again.
      Based on the information posted, I offer my thoughts.Any action you then take is your liability. While commending individual effort, there is no substitute for a thorough review of documents and facts by paid for professional advisers.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by leaseholdanswers View Post
        Yonks ago I drove to work at the crack of before dawn. I had de iced the windscreen but took a diversion into a vale and freezing mist turned my windscreen to a sheet of ice. I had to drive dog like, head out of the window
        A few days later and ever since then its been heated front windscreen as standard. Never again.
        I know it's not recommended, due to the risk of cracking the glass, but I tip a kettle of boiling water over my car windows to de-ice them. (I have been doing this for 30 years, and never cracked one yet. )

        The result is that they don't fog up until the car's heater has a chance to get going.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by JK0 View Post
          Is it likely that the motor was damaged by being frozen, or will it work when I defrost it?
          Yes, . . . . but

          Before posting this, ( preview )I noticed your washers
          now work, but info here -- just in case, for others.

          First principles:-( for others reading )
          The water at the jets will freeze first as they have the least in the
          actual jet.
          If only mild frost, deicer at the jets, and the warming of the engine
          after 20 minutes may unfreeze the rest of the system, using
          de-icer on the acutal outlet of the jets again after 20minutes.

          The water in the tubing freezes, followed by the pump.
          So if all frozen, putting hot water in bottle only may not work.

          If the pump is frozen it wont pump the hot water.
          Some early pumps had a hard rubber impeller, and the pump turns,
          but impeller does not ( frozen ) and used to destroy the slotted /
          square hole in the impeller, so when unfrozen the pump never
          works again.

          Looks like you say, either the frost has destroyed the motor, or
          the fuse has blown, or the pump impeller is still frozen so the
          motor wont turn the frozen impeller.

          But before you test the pump, make sure all pipes are unfrozen, as
          you cant pump through frozen pipes.
          But if you have time, remove the pump ( assuming replacing fuse
          does nothing ) and put very near a radiator, and after an hour,
          if frozen, may work when you put it back on.

          De-icer for washers wateris available. Failing that, meths in about
          25% should keep washers clear.

          by the time i finished writing this, warming up JKO's engine
          and replacing the fuse cured the problem.
          Fortunately, this week the temperatures are not too low to freeze
          everything solid if cars run 20 minutes every day.

          P.S.
          Never use boilding water, only very warm water.

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          • #6
            Thank you anyway for your long reply RAM.

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            • #7
              Here is a tip that may save you hundreds, pinch your wife's hair dryer an hour before you need the car put the hair dryer under the bonnet and switch it on, do not attempt to start the engine if you suspect it may be frozen, it will rip your timing belt to shreds, when you can turn the engine by hand then start it and run it for no more than 30 seconds switch off and wait another ten minutes for the heat to permeate then do it again, Only then can you be sure it's all de-iced. Remember the heater pipes can freeze too, that can stop circulation around the engine causing overheating of the engine while you freeze your toes off. Always make sure you have the correct percentage of antifreeze in your cooling system, never ever just use plain water to top up. (I've made a fortune from frozen engines)
              I offer no guarantee that anything I say is correct. wysiwyg

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              • #8
                And that's good advice from jta, as you will need your car.....

                to live in if your wife catches you using her hair dryer
                Based on the information posted, I offer my thoughts.Any action you then take is your liability. While commending individual effort, there is no substitute for a thorough review of documents and facts by paid for professional advisers.

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                • #9
                  The 1st house I bought in Scotland (Highlands..) which I bought at auction, not seen inside, came with a garage. After completion I moved in, opened garage, there was a car: Odd, I thought & asked neighbour did they know??

                  Oh yes, that's Curly's (another neighbour). I enquired of Curly if so/why/when shifting... Ah, he said, if I've been to the pub & come back late Mrs Curly won't let me in so I sleep in my spare car in your garage.... about 6 months later he finally moved it.. about 2 years later they got divorced...

                  I never asked Mrs Curly if Curly's squirters worked....
                  I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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                  • #10
                    One issue with Canadian houses is that its common to have them started and running in the garage and they make a big song and dance about off gases in the house!

                    Suicide friendly is something you don't see in the brochure.

                    But then it's a toasty -11 right now and -21 for tonight....

                    this is summer right now the lake is frozen.

                    http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?um=1&...h=149&hovw=339
                    Based on the information posted, I offer my thoughts.Any action you then take is your liability. While commending individual effort, there is no substitute for a thorough review of documents and facts by paid for professional advisers.

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                    • #11
                      I have another problem today. Not the washers but the wipers:

                      I do a very low mileage in my car. Recently I noticed that the wipers weren't clearing the whole of the arc on the up stroke. It was almost as if the wiper maintained its concave shape from the park position all the way across the screen.

                      Fair enough I thought. The wipers are the original ones and are now six years old, so I went and bought a new set from the main dealers.

                      Strangely I seem to still have the same problem. The driver's side wiper misses a small area near where the arm is attached to it.

                      Any ideas?

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                      • #12
                        Spring pressure of the arm against the screen.

                        Remove the new blades, raise the arms and oil ( thin oil ) the pivot
                        points, accessable when the arms are up. ( WD 40, as a temporary
                        measure ) and work arms up and down, making sure they touch
                        the screen.
                        You can get rust from the steel ( U shape ) arm and pivot pins
                        and sometimes the boss that the arms connect to can be
                        aluminium alloy, and steel and alloy do not mix.
                        Makesure also, that the new blades will pivot freely when fitted
                        as that too can cause your problem.

                        It may take 2 goes over a week if that is the problem.

                        Don't let the arms slip out of your fingers and smash down on the
                        screen like I did 2 years ago, and have to have a new windscreen
                        fitted.

                        R.a.M.

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                        • #13
                          Thanks RAM. I'll give that a try tomorrow.

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                          • #14
                            This is the stupidest problem. RAM is correct in his diagnosis of a stiff pivot pin. The odd thing is that the base of the wiper I bought from the main dealer seems to be too wide to allow it to pivot properly. (When it is in the correct position to wipe the screen, the base catches on the part of the wiper arm designed to stop the wiper coming off.)

                            Can anyone recommend a make of pattern wipers that you are happy with?

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                            • #15
                              Sounds to me like you've no alternative but to buy a new car.
                              [I]The opinions I give are simply my opinions and interpretations of what I have learnt, in numerous years as a property professional, I would not rely upon them without consulting with a paid advisor and providing them with all the relevant facts[I]

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