How do parts know the WORST time to grenade?

Y'all,
Anyone else ever notice that parts tend to grenade just when you need them the most? Like today for example, my windshield washer pump crapped out
driving on the highway in snow, salt, ash and other assorted crud behind a semi. Couldn't see shit and had to pull over and splash my windshield with the extra gallon of washer fluid I keep behind the seat. All this in 0* weather with a -10* windchill.
The goddamn thing had 16 years to crap out and it chose that particular moment, just when I needed it the most! How did it know?
Anyhow $16 bucks and 5 minutes and I could see again, but the 20 miles between the point of crappage and the parts store was a tad exciting.
Doc
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"Doc" wrote:

Yes, my windshield wiper motor started going haywire last night right in the middle of a nasty little sleet/snow storm. A couple good wacks on the motor got her going again, but I think she's done. I don't feel like buying a new/reman one, and I don't feel like going out to the "pick-your-part"....too cold. Might have to bite the bullet, though.
Ian
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Funny, I changed my leaking washer pumps a few month ago, Now my nozzels froze up the other day, and it must have ruptured the hose under the cowl. Just a twinkle, and a big wet spot on the driveway.
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I find that the Concentrate holds up better to low temperatures. Or even the Orange Rainx does a good job too.
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There must be something wrong with the product you're using Doc. I use typical service station washer fluid, this morning it worked just fine at -30c (-22f) with windchill of -48c (-54f) My poor old 90 Sierra standard, pulled out of the driveway this morning in first gear, almost came to a complete stop before I could get it into second, lol. Frigging brutal man. (this is in Ottawa, Can.)
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On Mon, 20 Dec 2004 21:06:57 -0500, "TaskMule"

vehicles that are running (producing heat) or are plugged in (producing heat). The juice in your windshield washer jug could only get to -30C no matter how hard the wind blew. -- Best Regards Gordie
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On Mon, 20 Dec 2004 21:41:20 -0500, The Nolalu Barn Owl <&#103&#111&#114&#100&#105&#101&#64&#110&#111&#108&#97&#108&#117&#46&#111&#110&#46&#99&#97> wrote:

that's not entirely correct, living creatures experience wind chill because of moisture evaporation from the skin. a vehicles radiator will cool much faster with a stiff breeze, but will not get below the ambient temperature. the fluid in the jug won't be effected until it's sprayed onto the windshield, then evaporative cooling (aka wind chill) will affect it.
-Bret
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"The Nolalu Barn Owl" wrote in message

Well that's rather obvious, however my vehicle was producing heat which was being blown againsed the inside of the windshield by the defroster. This heat eventually works it's way to the outside of the windshield. If the washer fluid is not rated low enough, or maybe cut with a bit of plain water may work on the slightly heated windshield but will freeze over when you start moving or a decent side wind moves across the windshield.
So yes, windchill does not effect the fluid itself in the reservoir but does effect it's performance on the windshield.
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Check the motor ground. then clean the ground. wacking it just dislodged a little dirt

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Parts follow O'Brian's Law which is much easier to remember than Murphy's law, as he only has one, Murphy was an optimist. Whitelightning
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Come on Doc, you know the answer to that. If not you'll find it here.
http://www.murphys-laws.com /
Brian
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Who would have thunk it...Overheard eldest daughter tell my wife about green puddle under Suburban this AM (I had just hit the sack after night shift)so up early, showed it to local rad specialist. His visual verdict good condition for repair, Says no problem to fix so back home removed rad, will drop off on way home from work tomorrow AM, sleep, while tank re&re'd for around $120 cad Up early tomorrow pick up rad, install, good to go by tomorrow night. This recore was installed 6 years ago to the week whilst on Christmas Road trip HO HO HO Rolf
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