FAIL: Windshield Washer Fluid Is NOT a Replacement for Motor Oil

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Manufacturers go to great lengths to apply descriptive images on all vital fluid caps. And for good reason!

Windshield washer fluid doesn’t perform as motor oil, and motor oil doesn’t work as windshield washer fluid. There’s a reason why Ford spends ungodly amounts of money hiring industrial artists. These artists are commissioned with translating thoughts, warnings, and products into very simple images. It sounds, easy, but it’s actually extremely difficult. Thankfully, this particular news isn’t about a Ford truck owner.

According to Carscoops, not-so-talented vehicle owner poured windshield washer fluid in the engine opening for the motor oil. The story tells that the woman noticed the low-windshield-washer-fluid light come on, and she decided to take matters into her own hands. By all means, an excellent and responsible decision. What wasn’t so excellent was her interpretation of the little pictures drawn on the caps, lids, and covers on the engine block.


Shortly after doing so, she went for a drive but noticed something was wrong. She took her car to the dealership, and the mechanics found a thick sludge oozing out of every engine opening. As it turns out, windshield washer doesn’t work so well as motor oil. Who would’ve thought?!

Now, before we judge her for her mistake, these things can happen in several ways. We’ve seen examples of proud papas allowing their little ones to help with the wrenching, only for them to do silly things when dad turns away for a split-second. Next time you open the hood, you better make sure you read your symbols right or make sure no one’s around to cause any damage!

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Jerry Perez is a regular contributor to Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Corvette Forum, and 6SpeedOnline, among other auto sites.

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