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Old 09-06-2012, 09:49 PM   #11
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Does the residue have a slightly wax-like consistency and feel slippery to the touch?

If so, it might be propylene glycol (PG) residue. PG is used in many washer fluids as an anti-freeze and can separate and settle to the bottom of the tank. This would put a fairly high concentration near to the inlet of the washer fluid pump and account for the residue on your car.

Drain, flush, and refill are about all that can be done about it.
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Old 09-06-2012, 09:51 PM   #12
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Does the residue have a slightly wax-like consistency and feel slippery to the touch?

If so, it might be propylene glycol (PG) residue. PG is used in many washer fluids as an anti-freeze and can separate and settle to the bottom of the tank. This would put a fairly high concentration near to the inlet of the washer fluid pump and account for the residue on your car.

Drain, flush, and refill are about all that can be done about it.
Great thought. Don't know the consistancy. How would I go about draining it? Would I have to siphon it out or is there a drain plug?
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Great thought. Don't know the consistancy. How would I go about draining it? Would I have to siphon it out or is there a drain plug?
Looking at the service manual, it doesn't appear that there is a drain plug on the washer fluid reservoir. The tank is pretty much buried in the right fender area and would be a pain to get to, so siphoning it out might be easier.
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Old 09-07-2012, 07:50 AM   #14
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I checked the rear nozzle today and it didn't seem to have the same problem. Probably cause the line hasn't sucked up whatever is coming out the front.

I'm going to get a shaker siphon today and a few gallons of fluid and rinse out my tank. Hopefully that'll do it.
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Clean the screen and try it again, if it's still dirty then syphon the, flush some clean water through, then add washer fluid water to suit your weather conditions.
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Clean the screen and try it again, if it's still dirty then syphon the, flush some clean water through, then add washer fluid water to suit your weather conditions.
I'd imagine that the screen is down at the bottom and underneath the fender. Thanks for the suggestion of cleaning that too. I was going to do washer fluid for flushes only because if it's stuff that is normally in washer fluid and just concentrated out, that it would redissolve again.
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I was going to do washer fluid for flushes only because if it's stuff that is normally in washer fluid and just concentrated out, that it would redissolve again.
I'm not sure exactly what you mean here, but anything in washer fluid will "redissolve" in water. Washer fluid is water based. You would be wasting money flushing with washer fluid.
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Ahh. That makes sense. I was thinking that since some fluids contain alcohols, solvents, or detergents, that having those present would help.

I like your idea better. I can just use the hose to fill it up a bunch of times.
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Flushing with warm water would be my choice, as that should dissolve most of the things that could be expected to be in the washer system.
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If I were you I'd just put some basic washer fluid in, run it through the washers until it came out clean and then fill it up with some better fluid.

This talk of siphoning and cleaning and getting behind the bumper seems like waaaaay too much work for a windshield washer.
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