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How to prevent windshield washer liquid from freezing

I normal use the premixed windshield washer liquid for my car.

What should I use to prevent this washer liquid from freezing up in very cold weather?
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Just use winter type windshield fluid. .
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Just use winter type windshield fluid. .
That might be easy in VA, but supposable it is the law to sell 32F rated windshield fluid in CA, unless the mountain station is exposed to the snowstorm. Last year coming from skiing trip I stopped at 3 gas stations in the mountains and none did carry the 0F fluid. Than I dropped off friend at BP station in Martinez (just on the Pacheco exit off 680) and they had it.
I added it only once, but even without using sprayers the level in my reservoir dropped quite a bit. I believe that with heating system in Mercedes -the alcohol in the fluid evaporate very fast.
So I am keeping the second bottle of good stuff for real situation.
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Katjek1, do you have the Prestone de-icer booster that comes in a small bottle in your area. It is the second entry on this site Prestone :: Products : Windshield Washer Fluids

You could add that to any fluid you have in the car.

In the worst case, just add a quart of the 90% isopropyl alcohol available at any pharmacy or grocery store. Any alcohol added to water will depress the freezing point of the solution.

Addendum: The big truck stop chains like Flying J and Pilot usually sell the alcohol concentrate also.

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In case when you have less then -20F outside then I would use any cheap, pure Vodka (or alcohol) as windshield fluid. I'm serious. It works great (tested in Russia).
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I know a guy who winterizes his boat using Vodka in the FW system. He has a big party in the spring when he "clears" the system.
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I know a guy who winterizes his boat using Vodka in the FW system. He has a big party in the spring when he "clears" the system.

That's something that is worthless without pictures
In the past, living in Poland where special fluid were not available I used denatured spirit added to the water what is equivalent of what guys suggest above.
One trick I learned hard way is that after adding the antifreeze you have to pump the new stuff thru the tubings and nozzle -meaning using the sprayers short time after adding new stuff.
Low freezing point in the reservoir does no good, when your nozzles are frozen.
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The heater runs lines inside the washer tank..once the engine temp is warm it will have warm washer fluid...

The Factory washer fluid will not freeze..buy a couple of tubes and add to the washer tank
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