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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Jan 5th, 14, 06:39 PM Thread Starter
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Question Washer fluid in radiator overflow...

I just had a buddy call me with an issue...
He just bought a new truck (don't know the make... our call got cut off), and he had just accidentally poured a bottle of washer fluid in the overflow tank. He already drained as much as he could from the tank but has to drive 10 miles home to get a turkey baster to suck the rest out. (My idea)

Is it gonna be a problem if there's some left that gets in the coolant system?

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Re: Washer fluid in radiator overflow...

I think he will have a clean cooling system....

He should be fine...

Its always a good idea to flush the cooling system every year or three..

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Re: Washer fluid in radiator overflow...

I wouldn't think so as the dilution value would be small.
Fluid would only be drawn into the system at cool down.

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Re: Washer fluid in radiator overflow...

I had a "quickie lube" oil change once and the tech (used loosely) got the overflow and windshield washer jugs mixed up. I found out about it about an hour later when on the road heading out of town the car was overheating do to the soapy solution expanding in the radiator.

If he knows the overflow was not cycled through the radiator (engine brought up to temp) he should be able to drain the overflow, clean it out and be good to go. If any got into the core I would recommend a complete cooling system flush! The soapy washer fluid will bubble and expand causing more pressure in the system than it's designed for and will cause the engine to over heat and radiator to puke...

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Re: Washer fluid in radiator overflow...

Thanks guys.
Like I said, he'd drained all that would come out of the tank before he drove it home. He wasn't in an area where he could buy or borrow a turkey baster to suck the remainder of coolant\washer fluid out. Hopefully it'll be OK.
If nothing else... he can claim someone else did it and get a warranty cooling system flush.

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