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Unread 11-18-2013, 11:18 PM   #1
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Frozen summer fluid

Yea so I forgot to drain it before the minus weather any tips I currently have no warm place to put it in is methyl hydrate bad to use on that? Im asking here but its not in my jeep its in my car but there's some really clever ppl here lol.

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Unread 11-18-2013, 11:50 PM   #2
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Never heard of methyl hydrate. Why dont you just park it in an underground parking lot or something, go shopping for about an hour or two. Usually underground car parks are a tad above zero anyway.
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Unread 11-18-2013, 11:56 PM   #3
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Got none of those here. its a ***** to remove the reservoir too cause the coolant bottle is blocking it and its like -16 and 10 pm so I wont be doing it tonight but just looking for ideas.
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Unread 11-19-2013, 01:40 AM   #4
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Windshield washer fluid right? Just dump some of that methyl hydrate in there or another type of high % alchohol
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Unread 11-19-2013, 01:45 AM   #5
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Another quick & dirty solution is to grab one of them propane-fired hot air heaters, like this:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/390687557265
And put an vent duct over it, and pipe it to under the hood around the fluid bottle.
Thats how they warm up the engines at -40.
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Unread 11-19-2013, 10:08 AM   #6
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Lol I just plug my car in and it fires up at -40 everytime.
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Unread 11-19-2013, 09:08 PM   #7
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Hmm, some sort of coolant heater I guess? I've heard something like that about Canada, like having a powerpoint at each parking lot

By the way, I thought British Columbia is like in South America, but then I googled.
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Lol I just plug my car in and it fires up at -40 everytime.
Well, if you're talking about the windshield washer reservoir, fire the engine up and let it idle with a piece of cardboard across the radiator to keep the heat in the engine compartment and let it defrost on its own.

Once it's defrosted, just pull the hose off the nozzles and turn the washers on to drain it. Put the hose back on and fill it with winter fluid.
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Unread 11-22-2013, 05:59 PM   #9
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Saw my chance today it thawed so instead of sitting there for an hour letting it mist I attempet to remove the hose connecting to the nozzle for a quicker drain and doing that broke it in 3 pieces costing me 30 $. it was a very painful 30$ too.
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Unread 11-23-2013, 02:45 AM   #10
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Saw my chance today it thawed so instead of sitting there for an hour letting it mist I attempet to remove the hose connecting to the nozzle for a quicker drain and doing that broke it in 3 pieces costing me 30 $. it was a very painful 30$ too.
Never, ever, touch anything plastic if it's even close to freezing temps especially if it's old and brittle. I've learned that the hard way When it's -30*C and you're doing car maintenance outside in the driveway, it's surprising how many things can literally crack into million pieces

Windshield washer fluid freezing is a pain, I've probably forgot every year to use all the summer fluid before sub-zero temps hit. I usually take my vehicle to a warmed parking garage, doesn't take long for everything to thaw
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