Dirty windshields? At least the engine’s clean
Dear Tom and Ray:
My aunt said she had trouble finding the place where you put windshield-washer fluid. She told me the only cover she found was one that said “Coolant.” You guessed it — she put the windshield-washer fluid in the coolant reservoir. She then told me that she used a bottle of Windex instead of the diluted blue stuff you buy for car windshields. What should I do to help her, and what damage did she do?
Tom: Well, the first thing you can do to help her is open her hood and show her where the windshield-washer reservoir is. Then take a big magic marker and label it for her.
Ray: The next thing I’d do is take the car to a mechanic and have the coolant flushed out and replaced. But I don’t think she did any damage.
Tom: Me neither. If I had to guess, I’d say the dominant ingredients in Windex are water and ammonia. There might even be a little ethylene glycol (aka coolant) in there!
Ray: There’s a small amount of soap in Windex. But my guess is that any suds would be suppressed by the high pressure inside the cooling system. I mean, she might find her engine compartment overflowing with soap suds tomorrow morning, but I doubt it. It’s not like she put Dawn dishwashing liquid in there.
Tom: Flushing the cooling system certainly will remove all doubt about any future damage that might result. And she can feel good knowing she has the cleanest cooling system in the neighborhood.
The scoop: The Mustang Owners Club of Austin promotes and encourages the ownership, preservation and restoration of the Ford Mustang and other Ford collectible vehicles. The group arranges and manages events for members, provides technical information and promotes community involvement by its membership.
Meetings: Location of monthly events varies; business meetings are held every other month, starting in January.
Where to catch us next: Today during the 30th annual MOCA Round Up at Great Hills Baptist Church, 10500 Jollyville Road. Free to the public; $30 auto entry; $10 nonjudged auto entry. Registration 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.; trophy presentation 2:30 p.m. Fundraising event benefits SafePlace.
MVP of the year: Michael B. Jenniges, the only founding member who has remained active in the club for its entire 30 years.
Greatest moment: Probably in March, when we celebrated 30 years of existence, making the Austin Mustang owners group of one of the oldest continuously operating car clubs in Central Texas.
Biggest event: The MOCA Round Up, which has occurred every year since 1980 without being rained out.
Giving back: The group’s annual Open Car Show in March at Dell Diamond also benefits SafePlace; the club also solicits donations, such as toys and diapers, from its members.
Find us online: www.mocatx.com