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Old 10-18-2004, 10:58 AM
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Lightbulb Adding a 124 Heated washer fluid container to a 123 300TD

I was wondering if anyone had added a 124 type washer fluid container to a 123 car? The 124 washer fluid bottler is heated by the engine coolant, and thus creates heated washer fluid that can be used to melt ice and stuff on the window during winter.

Since I own both cars I have been comparing the parts, and it seems to me that it would be fairly easy. The containers and basically the same size etc, you would only need to add the coolant hose from the engine. I was think about simple splicing into the interior heating system return that way the fluid would only be heated when the ACC calls for heat...

Anyone thought about this before?

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Old 10-18-2004, 11:04 AM
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I've heard about using soft copper tubing to make a spiral wrap around a coolant hose and running the washer fluid through it. A cheap but effective heat exchanger, if you will
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Old 10-18-2004, 12:23 PM
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Seems like it would be easier to find a used 124 washer fluid container...I think it will fit, uses the same hanger...
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Old 10-18-2004, 12:45 PM
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Seems like it would be easier to find a used 124 washer fluid container...I think it will fit, uses the same hanger...
Cool idea..............if I ran my car in inclimate weather I would try that.
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Old 10-18-2004, 01:32 PM
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I have the 124 body with the factory heated windshield fluid reservoir and I can tell you that its not worth your trouble converting.

I live in Canada, and I thought that I can get away in the winter by just using water and relying on the heated fluid to melt the snow. I can tell you from first hand experience that this does not work. In freezing weather, by the time the heated fluid hits the windshield it has cooled down substantially, and any heat in it is effectively lost. It turns to ice just as fast as if it was not heated. Additionally you will be diverting hot water from your car's heater, making it much less effective in cold weather.

In winter, use real WINTER windshield washer fluid and you will be much further ahead.


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Old 10-18-2004, 02:51 PM
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I have the 124 body with the factory heated windshield fluid reservoir and I can tell you that its not worth your trouble converting.

I live in Canada, and I thought that I can get away in the winter by just using water and relying on the heated fluid to melt the snow. I can tell you from first hand experience that this does not work. In freezing weather, by the time the heated fluid hits the windshield it has cooled down substantially, and any heat in it is effectively lost. It turns to ice just as fast as if it was not heated. Additionally you will be diverting hot water from your car's heater, making it much less effective in cold weather.

In winter, use real WINTER windshield washer fluid and you will be much further ahead.


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I have never had a heated fluid system, but I do know without it the right fluid makes all the difference

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