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Unread 02-19-2014, 09:51 AM   #1
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Unhappy Wiper Fluid Fill.....Oops

So I did something stupid....im writing this so noone else on here makes the same mistake I did.

Let me first say this....

In EVERY car I have owned prior to a Jeep, the fill for the windshield wiper fluid has a yellow top

So.....the other day I needed wiper fluid. I opened up the hood, spotted a yellow top and filled the wiper fluid up. It only took half a gallon which I thought was unusual. The next day I notice that my wiper fluid light was on again. I live in the northeast so I thought maybe because of all the frigid temperatures we've been having that the wiper fluid line might have frozen.

The next day, I left it garaged with the heat on to see if it made a difference....It made no difference.



So I opened up the hood to check for anything else I can see. Well, guess what I saw? Not 1 place with a yellow cap, but 2! I had put the wiper fluid into the Coolant overflow tank.

Is it just me, or is this a stupid design that both of these have yellow tops? They do have different icons, but they both look alike in the dark. I siphoned all the coolant and wiper fluid out of the overflow tank and put more coolant in.

It wont cause any issues because wiper fluid is just water and alcohol, but I thought I would just warn any drivers who may have had the same idea that I did.

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Unread 02-19-2014, 11:23 AM   #2
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Is it just me, or is this a stupid design that both of these have yellow tops? They do have different icons, but they both look alike in the dark. I siphoned all the coolant and wiper fluid out of the overflow tank and put more coolant in.
It's not a stupid design. You should verified what you are doing and not just add fluids to random locations just because they might look alike or be the same color. Use a flashlight next time. There is one located in the cargo area of your Jeep.
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Unread 02-19-2014, 11:38 AM   #3
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Granted it was dark but one has a big windshield on the cap and the other the radiator. Sucks that there is no hood light but if I can't see what I am working on I don't work. Simple as that. The power steering is also yellow.

I see no problem with the design. User error, in my opinion. Lesson learned!
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Unread 02-19-2014, 12:24 PM   #4
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My point is....they should notmake both yellow. I've never had a car with a yellow coolant fill. And yes....it was user error
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Unread 02-19-2014, 12:28 PM   #5
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My point is....they should notmake both yellow. I've never had a car with a yellow coolant fill. And yes....it was user error
And a lot of oil fill caps are yellow too, would you put WASHER FLUID IN THERE?

Seriously, it's nice of you to warn others who might be as, uh (I'm trying to be gentle here), careless.

But you're not gonna get a whole lot of sympathy here either.

Respect for admitting your mistake, sure, but not sympathy.
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Unread 02-19-2014, 12:30 PM   #6
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A better design would be a diff color for each fluid cap. Also a gas cap would be great while they are at it....
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Unread 02-19-2014, 12:32 PM   #7
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Just be glad you didn't do the reverse, ha ha.

Spraying coolant all over your windshield would probably have been hell on the paint!

I'm always super anal when checking fill tubes, cause I'm the type of person who does things hastily and makes that kind of mistake.
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Unread 02-19-2014, 12:45 PM   #8
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A better design would be a diff color for each fluid cap. Also a gas cap would be great while they are at it....
OH CRAP, is THAT YELLOW TOO... the horror
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Unread 02-19-2014, 12:55 PM   #9
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There are a few others that have done this (another forum) - I almost did it myself, popped hood, located large yellow cover with icon that looked like it could be washer fluid, did a double check and whoooooops, that would have been a mistake if I didn't look again.

I've seen a few people use a sharpie to mark the top to prevent future errors.
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Unread 02-19-2014, 01:12 PM   #10
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Not looking for sympathy....just wanted to tell ya what I did

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Hmmm, Note to self: Rig up an l.e.d. under hood light.
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Unread 02-19-2014, 01:37 PM   #12
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Both caps on my WJ are yellow, along with a few other things. Who doesn't verify the right tank before putting fluid in it? Especially if you've never done it before on that vehicle?
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Unread 02-19-2014, 01:44 PM   #13
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wow get out the flame suit for this crowd today...

have I ever filled the wrong fluid, no, I am super type A.

The truth is that a well designed vehicle would use a diff color for each, would make them easier to see and use. If that essential, no. Is it optimal, yes.

The OP made a simple mistake and was man enough to post it to help others. Everyone else is just being small at this point (or at least come uop with new jokes)

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OP, dont listen to the goons
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Unread 02-19-2014, 01:47 PM   #14
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Good thing the oil fill cap isn't yellow.
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Unread 02-19-2014, 02:54 PM   #15
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Hey man, I did the same thing but noticed it right away. I took a turkey baster and siphoned it out. It was pretty easy to make that mistake, not sure why everyone is being a sarcastic ahole. I've seen a few posts on here and the other site about this, so it does happen. It's nice of you to post this to make sure it doesn't happen to other people.
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