Windshield washer in with coolant

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#1

help! new car, stupid move. Added 1/2 gallon of windshield washer fluid to the coolant reserviour before noticing the mistake. Do I need to flush out the entire radiator? And can I do this my self? The dealer wants to charge 150!


#2

I would not do anything with it. I don’t think it will do any harm anyway.


#3

or you can use a turkey baster and remove as much as you can and refill reservoir with the same coolant mixture.


#4

Windshield washer fluid is mostly water with some methol alcohol. So the worse thing you’ve done is dilluted coolant ratio. Remove 1/4 gallon from the coolant reservior, and add 1/4 gallon of straight antifreeze back into the reservior. That puts you back to a 50/50 mixture of antifreeze/water.

Tester


#5

Has it been driven? Be sure to use the prescribed coolant. I don’t know for sure, but it is probably G05.


#6

We just went over this with someone else last week. Please search and review that information.