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Old 01-10-2014, 19:15   #1 (permalink)
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windshield washer - cold weather problem

I and my '11 Ford Edge live in MA. Every time the temperature drops below ~25degrees, my front & rear windshield washers won't work. Pump motor works, but no squirt. Temps rise above that mark and they work fine. Even had Ford dealer check, flush and refill the system...to no avail. I've heard from some other Ford owners that have the same problem. Maybe a design flaw that allows the fluid to freeze in the line?
What can be done? It's dangerous to be driving in winter weather and only being able to smear the windshield! Help!
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I assume you are using a de-icer and anti-freeze washer additive?

PS it's not an issue here as we are having a over 100 degrees F plus heatwave.
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PS it's not an issue here as we are having a over 100 degrees F plus heatwave.
Now you're making me jealous.
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As suggested by Aussiblue , using suitable anti-freeze washer additive and running through lines should solve problem .
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Old 01-11-2014, 17:12   #6 (permalink)
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Yes on the antifreeze washer fluid.
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Old 01-12-2014, 10:46   #7 (permalink)
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Have you checked the strength of the washer additive you are using is up to the job ? Many are useless at extreme temps .After getting caught on a motorway a few years back with frozen washers , I vowed it would never happen again .At the first sign of icy conditions I use this ,

Comma XStream Screenwash

The Comma XStream Screenwash has a super concentrated formula, which when diluted can make up to 20 litres of Screenwash. It is suitable for use even at lower temperatures and protects down to -65C. It is a multi-award winning Screenwash, with the Auto Express Commended Award and the What Car 'Our Choice'.

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The fresh apple scent is the key selling point in a windshield washer fluid!
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Wonder if they have doe urine scent for deer hunting enthusiast?
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Old 01-12-2014, 18:46   #10 (permalink)
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Deer are too attracted to moving vehicles as it is...
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