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Automotive Column 17 Mixed Up Fluids

Automotive Column 17 Mixed Up Fluids

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These things can happen to the best of us. Yes even we make mistakes in our shop but we fix them and move on. Honesty is always the best policy and addressing the issue quickly is important.


Daily Car Repair and Advice Tips Question 17 Mixed Up Fluids

Dear Motor Medics,
 I have been a listener to your radio program for about ten years now and really enjoy the program. Although I am not a car lover or mechanically inclined in any form or fashion I love the entertainment of the show and have learned a thing or two about cars that has helped me out in the past. I know you are gentle with your listeners when one calls in with something that would seem stupid to most shops and that is why I decided to write you before I check with my shop in hopes that I can fix my problem on my own. I usually don’t do any car repairs myself, not even oil changes or light bulbs but last week I decided to check the fluids under the hood on my 99 Pontiac Bonneville and noticed my antifreeze was low so I added some to the little bottle on the fender. The problem is that the little bottle was for washer fluid instead of engine coolant. I have not used the washers since the fill and don’t want to go to my shop and tell them what I did. 

Robert in Sterling Illinois

Dear Robert,
 This happens more than you would think. On this car you can pull off the hose on the tank bottom attached to the pump and you can catch the fluid in a container. Then rinse with water and refill with washer fluid. That’s it.

Take care, the Motor Medics

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