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How To Choose The Right Windshield Wiper Fluid

When it comes to windshield wiper fluid, it’s easy to just grab whatever container you see first when you’re at the store. But did you know that certain fluids are designed to tackle certain conditions? Picking the right fluid can be the difference between a clear window and a smudged mess. Keep these tips in mind the next time you fill up your windshield fluid reservoir.

  • Classic Blue: This is the classic fluid that you can find at every gas station. While it’s the jack-of-all-trades when it comes to washer fluid, you’ll have to use a little more to scrub off tough messes like dead bugs. And while it might not be the fastest way to de-ice your windshield, it’ll get the job done. Make sure to check its temperature rating before you pour, because when it gets cold, washer fluid can freeze in your car’s lines and cause serious damage. If you use a lot of wiper fluid, you can save some money by buying it in a concentrate and mixing in with some distilled water.
  • De-icing: When temperatures start getting chilly, de-icing washer fluid will keep your windshield free of frost. It’s also usually safe down to -25 degrees Fahrenheit, which is great if you’re doing any traveling to very cold areas. If you park in a garage or don’t often deal with ice on your windows, you can instead get this fluid in a smaller spray bottle to apply as needed.
  • Bug Remover: While this fluid is mainly advertised as bug remover, it’s also great for cleaning up tree sap, pollen, and bird droppings. It costs a little more than the other options, but it is very handy during spring and summer, or if you park under trees. You should swap it out for another variety in the winter, because it tends to freeze at 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • All-season: Get the best of both worlds with all-season wiper fluid. It can help remove bugs and grime, while also dealing with snow and light ice.

If you’re tempted to try using just plain water instead of buying fluid, please note that this is a bad idea. During colder months, water can freeze in your reservoir. This doesn’t just leave you without any wiper fluid, as it can also cause a burst wiper fluid line.  If you find that your windshield doesn’t clean easily no matter what fluid you use, it is probably time to change out your wiper blades. Adding wiper fluid is one of the easiest vehicle maintenance tasks that you’ll ever have to deal with. Make the extra effort to ensure that you’re choosing the right fluid when it’s time to top it off!


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