Dumb car maintenance question.

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  1. MikeH

    MikeH Stunt Coordinator

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    I want to replace the window washer fluid in my car and replace it with Rain-X. How do I drain the existing fluid? Only thing I could think of was a aquarium vacuum.

    Thanks,

    Mike
     
  2. Jimi C

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    There has to be a hose that goes from the tank somewhere, probably on the bottom of it, just unplug it and let it drain into a bucket.
     
  3. Joe D

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    Or if that doesn't work, run the wiper switch until you run out of fluid.
     
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    By running air thru it you greatly increase the chances of sending the pump to an early grave.
     
  5. Todd Hochard

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    These tanks usually draw from the top, with a straw that extends down, so disconnecting it will do nothing.

    You're going to put in the Rain-X washer fluid, correct? Not straight Rain-X, I hope.[​IMG]

    If you can fashion a tiny hose to put on the end of a wet/dry shop vac, and shove that into the reservoir, that ought to do it. I don't recommend running the washer motor until it runs dry- they're not really set up for continuous use.

    If you live where it freezes, make sure you pick up the winter mix (contains an anti-freeze agent). I moved back to VA from FL, after 12 years, and this was one of the many things I forgot to do.[​IMG]
     
  6. Joe Schwartz

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    Even the Rain-X washer fluid is meant to be added to regular washer fluid -- you're not supposed to use it straight.
     
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    Turkey baster! [​IMG]
     
  8. MikeH

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    Joe, that is different than anything I have read or heard. I've been told that mixing the two lessens the effects of Rain-X.

    Mike
     
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    If all else fails, read the label. I don't see why you can't just wait til your fluid gets low, then put in the other stuff.
     
  10. Bryan X

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    I have a full jug of Rain-X wiper fluid in the garage now. I just looked at the label, it says 'do not dilute'. You don't need to mix it with regular washer fluid.
     

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