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#3255170 - 01/21/14 02:08 PM Re: The cheap windshield washer fluids [Re: dparm]
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Registered: 09/23/08
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Originally Posted By: dparm
Originally Posted By: Rand




Sounds reasonable. I've noticed it's less of a problem after I've been driving for 15-20 minutes and the interior of the car is warm AND the washer nozzles are hot.

I think heated nozzles are just to thaw the nozzle as the odd time they freeze up after the car has been sitting as the alcohol evaporates out the line. They might even make the alcohol evaporation problem worse on a very cold day.
Any washer fluid hitting a freezing windshield will leave an ice film in my experience. On my deserted sideroad, 30 seconds at 40mph looking through a clear spot will sublimate all the ice and leave a clear windshield. Maybe not a good idea in a urban drive. Then a few minutes of driving will have the whole windshield above freezing and I can spray all I want with out any freezing. Also I will clean my window when I park the car so I don't have to deal with dirt on a cold windshield. Most days after a quick scrape for frost I don't need to spray any fluid at all until the windshield is up to temp.
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#3255181 - 01/21/14 02:18 PM Re: The cheap windshield washer fluids [Re: dparm]
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I can't remember the last time I have had an issue with the cheap blue stuff - I just use the -20F year round now. 13F right now and no issues on the trip home, it's full of "Super Clean" or something like that from Kmart - saw the same bottles at AAP last week.

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#3255197 - 01/21/14 02:32 PM Re: The cheap windshield washer fluids [Re: dparm]
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I like using rain x in all seasons except winter..i use cheap blue stuff in winter.
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#3255198 - 01/21/14 02:32 PM Re: The cheap windshield washer fluids [Re: dparm]
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Here in Central Fl, I just use the Green Rain X bug wash. Works good in the "freezing 28 degrees" that we see for 12 hours a month in January. I use it as it gets the bug guts off the windscreen and helps water bead off, so I don't have to use the wipers as much.

D.
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#3255214 - 01/21/14 02:51 PM Re: The cheap windshield washer fluids [Re: Deltona_Dave]
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Originally Posted By: Deltona_Dave
Here in Central Fl, I just use the Green Rain X bug wash. Works good in the "freezing 28 degrees" that we see for 12 hours a month in January. I use it as it gets the bug guts off the windscreen and helps water bead off, so I don't have to use the wipers as much.

D.


Okay, but as I had previously mentioned, it gets way colder than that where I live.
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#3255224 - 01/21/14 02:58 PM Re: The cheap windshield washer fluids [Re: dparm]
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I'm south of I-80, and I've used nothing but the -20 degree blue stuff (from either W*M or Menards) for several years now.

Two things:

1) I use the -20 stuff year around.
2) I always keep it tightly capped.

No problems here with the blue. I used to buy the -35 purple stuff, but that was years back.

Is is possible that you're still seeing residual effects of the +32 stuff?
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#3255254 - 01/21/14 03:37 PM Re: The cheap windshield washer fluids [Re: dparm]
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I mix mine myself, 50/50

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#3255255 - 01/21/14 03:38 PM Re: The cheap windshield washer fluids [Re: hattaresguy]
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Registered: 12/21/08
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Loc: London, ON, Canada
Originally Posted By: hattaresguy
I've never had a problem with the cheap blue stuff.


I use either the cheap blue stuff or sometimes Rain-X and I can get liquid to my windshield in the coldest of temps with either one. It was -25C recently too.
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#3255258 - 01/21/14 03:39 PM Re: The cheap windshield washer fluids [Re: mrsilv04]
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Originally Posted By: mrsilv04

Is is possible that you're still seeing residual effects of the +32 stuff?



Doubtful -- I ran the reservoir dry before filling with the -20.
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#3255264 - 01/21/14 03:48 PM Re: The cheap windshield washer fluids [Re: dparm]
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I typically use Rain-X winter in the winter and summer in the summer. It seems to do a good job and not freeze. I hate having a dirty windshield so I use the stuff quite regularly in the winter.

I have had the blue stuff do the ice up routine too. You could also try the Prestone deicer - that should help too.

The only stuff I don't like is whatever the Ford dealer was using last year - it smelled awful as it dried. Solved that by keeping the resivour full. smile

I'm still waiting for someone to do an actual scented washer fluid.

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#3255268 - 01/21/14 03:50 PM Re: The cheap windshield washer fluids [Re: itguy08]
Ramblejam Offline


Registered: 11/05/13
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Loc: Kentucky
Originally Posted By: itguy08
I'm still waiting for someone to do an actual scented washer fluid.


The Prestone washer fluid (summer) has a citrus scent.

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#3255295 - 01/21/14 04:14 PM Re: The cheap windshield washer fluids [Re: dparm]
DemoFly Offline


Registered: 06/03/12
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Loc: Bremerton, WA
Walmart supertech windshield washer fluid is good stuff.

Cleans great, beads the water up and makes it run off the window just like rain-x.

In fact, I purchased rain-x after using supertech and I couldn't tell a difference except for color.
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#3255322 - 01/21/14 04:53 PM Re: The cheap windshield washer fluids [Re: dparm]
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Registered: 09/25/09
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Loc: OH
I use the winter blends of either Prestone or Rain-X in our cars over the winter.
These never seem to freeze and I'll even use the washers to clear frost and ice from the windshield, although I will brush off more than a trace of snow.
Lazy, I know.
You can buy either on clearance each spring for cheap.
I'm going to try adding drug store alcohol to the cheap blue stuff just to see how that works. I'm sure that I have some in the garage.
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#3255329 - 01/21/14 05:00 PM Re: The cheap windshield washer fluids [Re: dparm]
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I use Rain-X all seasons. It not only melts snow/frost well, but it also puts a protective coating on the windshield that keeps rain and bugs from sticking to the windshield. In a light rain the rain runs off the windshield without using wipers!


Edited by Corvette Owner (01/21/14 05:00 PM)
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#3255426 - 01/21/14 06:12 PM Re: The cheap windshield washer fluids [Re: dparm]
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Registered: 10/17/10
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Loc: South Eastern, CT
I am currently using the Peak -20 blue fluid with success. It cleans great, dries well and never freezes. I get 6 gallons of it for $10 at Bee Jay's wholesale club. I am pretty sure that price makes it "cheap".

I have also had very good luck with GM Opti-kleen washer fluid but it is expensive, $3 per Gallon
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