Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Wrong fluid in reservoir

asked by on

I put windshield fluid in my coolant, what can I do

My car has 2000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

If you accidentally put windshield washer fluid in the radiator coolant reservoir then you will need to have the entire cooling system drained then flushed out and refilled with fresh correct coolant mixed 50/50 with distilled or deionized water. You can also use coolant that is already premixed when you purchase it.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: I have 2016 Tahoe. I was wondering if I can install two windows, two regulators, two tracked for front passanger doors as I'm plan

I have never heard of anyone installing two window tracks with two separate windows. This is not something that could be done without major modifications to the door and door tracks. I suggest seeking a vehicle custom shop to see...

Q: Heat not blowing as hot as it should be.

A clogged heater core is a possibility. The other possibilities that should be considered are a faulty heater control valve, malfunctioning blend door(s) in the in-dash ventilation network, collapsed hoses, inadequate coolant, and trapped air in the cooling system. If...

Q: Coolant leaking from driverside

Many coolant leaks will leak more profusely when the engine is running due to the amount of pressure that is built up as a result of the water pump circulating the coolant through the engine and the intense heat generated...

Related articles

Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.