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Long story short, My husband accidentally put windshield washer fluid in the coolant reservoir of my car. I didnt realize this for about a week when I was completely out of washer fluid. Any damage to the car? Can I leave it or do I really need to have it flushed.

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You have to flush it. Washer fluid contains alcohol, so some of it will boil off, and VW is pretty specific about what kind of coolant you should use.


You have to put specific VW coolant (it's called G12) in your reservoir.

Anything else can create a soupy sludge mess. G-12 doesn't mix very well with regular off the shelf coolant. If you google VW G-12 it will give you an idea about what I'm talking about.
You won't find G-12 in a store - you have to get it from a dealer or online.
You can fill it yourself, but won't find it at Auto Zone, etc...

Posted on Jan 22, 2011

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Hello: Recommend flush. You don't know what chemicals are in easier fluid so it will be lots cheaper to flush than replace water pump, radiator, heater core etc.

Posted on Jan 22, 2011

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