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#3255444 - 01/21/14 06:19 PM Re: The cheap windshield washer fluids [Re: dparm]
79sunrunner Offline


Registered: 02/26/13
Posts: 407
Loc: Illinois, USA
My mistake was filling up with washer fluid in Florida and returning to the deathly cold embrace of Illinois. Then the fluid froze. My mistake. I guess Florida service station never have to worry about purchasing cold weather anything.
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#3256142 - 01/22/14 11:25 AM Re: The cheap windshield washer fluids [Re: dparm]
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Registered: 08/04/11
Posts: 1892
Loc: Appleton, WI
I use the orange Rain-X stuff all year long without a problem.

I've seen the Splash! stuff in Menards before, and recently saw some new jugs of it that were clear instead of purple. I've never liked the idea of coloring the fluid, even though it's mainly for leak detection purposes.
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#3256277 - 01/22/14 01:09 PM Re: The cheap windshield washer fluids [Re: dparm]
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Registered: 04/13/13
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I've only used the cheap blue stuff for as long as I can remember. Just make sure to pick up the -20 degree blend in the winter and you're golden.
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#3256305 - 01/22/14 01:35 PM Re: The cheap windshield washer fluids [Re: Donald]
hattaresguy Offline


Registered: 06/01/11
Posts: 6321
Loc: CT
Originally Posted By: Donald
Originally Posted By: hattaresguy
I've never had a problem with the cheap blue stuff.


Where does your car stay overnight?


In my driveway, this morning it was 1.


Edited by hattaresguy (01/22/14 01:37 PM)

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#3256327 - 01/22/14 01:51 PM Re: The cheap windshield washer fluids [Re: dparm]
jeepman3071 Offline


Registered: 04/15/10
Posts: 2049
Loc: Storrs, Connecticut
Bought the cheap blue stuff from AutoZone. It froze as soon as it hit the windshield, and I wasn't even moving. Looks like I will be picking up some Prestone or Rain-X.
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#3256358 - 01/22/14 02:14 PM Re: The cheap windshield washer fluids [Re: dparm]
Kestas Offline



Registered: 06/04/02
Posts: 11077
Loc: The Motor City
Owners' manuals mention not to use washer fluid on a cold windshield. The windshield must be defrosted for the fluid to work.

If there is any question on the efficacy of the fluid you have in stock, put a small sample in your freezer and leave it overnight. Your freezer should be calibrated to 0F.

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#3257446 - 01/23/14 12:54 PM Re: The cheap windshield washer fluids [Re: dparm]
buck91 Offline


Registered: 04/17/12
Posts: 970
Loc: West Michigan
Typically I use the rain-x combo driver/bug remover with good results- never had an issue with it icing up though sometimes the bug remover could be improved. Recently had some good experiences with the purple "splash" brand cleaning well but I do not like how the Preston's deicer fluid leaves streaks and smears.
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#3257726 - 01/23/14 04:55 PM Re: The cheap windshield washer fluids [Re: Kestas]
Wilhelm_D Offline


Registered: 01/28/09
Posts: 818
Loc: Tacoma, WA
Originally Posted By: Kestas
Owners' manuals mention not to use washer fluid on a cold windshield. The windshield must be defrosted for the fluid to work.


That really depends. I am on travel in the Midwest with 0 F temperatures and have had no problem at all with cold windshields. I use three parts washer fluid to one part denatured alcohol. A side benefit is that it is murder on road film on the windshield.

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#3258357 - 01/24/14 08:40 AM Re: The cheap windshield washer fluids [Re: dparm]
Bamaro Offline


Registered: 08/03/03
Posts: 1210
Loc: Balto.
Also, the alcohol in the blue stuff will evaporate from your bottle and from the fluid reservoir faster than the water over time and decrease its effectiveness.
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#3258814 - 01/24/14 04:29 PM Re: The cheap windshield washer fluids [Re: dparm]
eljefino Offline


Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 26711
Loc: ME
Just found some slushy "Splash" brand in my garage. Don't remember where I got it. (I stash lots and lots of it from spring clearance sales.)

8% VOC, good to +22'F. Crikey! What's the point? mad

The good news is it's six degrees now at sunset and was below zero this morning. It didn't explode its container, just got slushy. Won't work, but won't break stuff.

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#3258978 - 01/24/14 07:41 PM Re: The cheap windshield washer fluids [Re: dparm]
Shaman Offline


Registered: 07/27/04
Posts: 2322
Loc: Frankfort, Kentucky
I've wondered what adding antifreeze to the mix would do, pick up some of the cheap RV antifreeze at walmart and mix it up.

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#3262579 - 01/28/14 11:53 AM Re: The cheap windshield washer fluids [Re: dparm]
cp3 Offline


Registered: 07/26/06
Posts: 2645
Loc: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Petro-Canada is all I've been putting in the cars for the last couple years. Works very well but it isn't cheap.
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#3263524 - 01/29/14 08:36 AM Re: The cheap windshield washer fluids [Re: dparm]
TiredTrucker Offline


Registered: 01/04/08
Posts: 1665
Loc: Kellogg, IA
In my commercial trucks, the only thing that has stood the test has been the Prestone deicer windshield washer fluid. Any of the other products have frozen in the spray nozzles on the wiper blades. I don't need a problem, herding 80,000 lb of truck thru traffic and not being able to see with all that slush and salt being thrown all over the place. The Prestone is definitely more expensive, but compared to what? Taking out a van full of kids because I couldn't see them?
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