Dealing with a frozen windshield washer line

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - Even though we missed the worst of the snow, this cold air and sand on the road can cause problems for drivers. The salt and sand gets on your windshield, and the cold can freeze your windshield wiper fluid.

Mal Brothers Auto Body in Chicopee recommends always buying fluid that says it works for 20 or 30 degrees below zero.

If the line seems to be frozen, don’t keep trying to squirt the fluid onto the windshield. That can strain the motor and potentially lead to expensive car repairs. The best thing to do is wait for the windshield fluid line to thaw out.

Drew Jones’ rental car had a frozen windshield washer line, which he discovered when it was snowing. He told 22News that he could barely see that the fluid was freezing.

“I had to pull over on the side of the road and grab a towel in the back of the car and a scraper,” he said.

Another tip: don’t pour hot water over the nozzles in an attempt to thaw them out. The hot water mixed with cold air can crack the glass.

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