Q: accidentally added windshield washer to coolant line instead of washer tub, just a little, maybe 1/8 of a gallon.

asked by on February 11, 2017

Wondering if the washer fluid will affect the car engine or what to do

My car has 30000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there. A little window washer fluid will not cause any damage to your engine or the cooling system, in fact it will actually make the system work a little better as the fluid has alcohol in it. Alcohol will raise the boiling point to the cooling system. So there is nothing to worry about.

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