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#181324 - 24/12/00 05:40 PM Re: Washer Fluid
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I just filled up today with some of the pink Rain-X stuff. Don't know if/how well it works yet...

I've used the Prestone before (last winter) and it works.

Not only do they not freeze (I don't think normal windhsield washer fluid does either) it helps to de-ice your windshield upon application. What I have seen is the normal fluid hit your windshield and freeze up... But not in the tank, AFAIK.
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#181325 - 25/12/00 11:36 AM Re: Washer Fluid
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What is this "De-icing windshield fluid" i don't think i have seen that stuff 'round here!! Ha Ha

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#181326 - 25/12/00 11:57 AM Re: Washer Fluid
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Gator Saver, I believe in your area, your windshield washer tanks have to be specially pressurized and take anti-boil fluid.

The compromises we all have to make...
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#181327 - 25/12/00 03:59 PM Re: Washer Fluid
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'84 Subaru wagons had rear reservoirs.

Now how about those VW's? Using your spare tire for air pressure, or in the vans, using a pressure cylinder behind the front wall.

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#181328 - 25/12/00 04:23 PM Re: Washer Fluid
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Yep, as a long-time aficianado of Volkswagens, I'm well aware of their little "innovations."

The heater(s) take the cake. Hot air exchangers or gasoline heaters. Neither worked all that well and the latter just gave me the shivers (pun intended).
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#181329 - 25/12/00 04:48 PM Re: Washer Fluid
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My '72 and '73 Beetles would cook you right out of the car if you let 'em, the heaters worked very well, and yes, I'm talking about below-freezing temps too!

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#181330 - 25/12/00 05:29 PM Re: Washer Fluid
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Yup.

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#181331 - 26/12/00 09:33 AM Re: Washer Fluid
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The basic formulation for summer grade windshield washer fluid is water and a few drops of surfactant - car wash soap will do. Oh yes, a drop of coloring - you select the color. I'd rather skip color, it has been known to stain paint.
For winter use, add some alcohol to prevent freezing. About one part alcohol to 2 to 3 parts of the summer mix. Methanol, ethanol or 2-propanol(iso) will work. I usually use a mix of whatever I've got around the lab.

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#181332 - 26/12/00 05:32 PM Re: Washer Fluid
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yeah, we had a old Toyota Supra with two res, can't remember if the 240SX did or not though.

Kinda just wish my rear wiper would just work properly though!
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#181333 - 27/12/00 09:11 PM Re: Washer Fluid
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I used to add isopro to the blue fluid with my old vehicle in AK and it worked when it was way cold. However, I'm kind of reluctant to do the same now as I don't want to screw up the paint. Do you think the isopro would cause any problems?

P.S. The old Monteros had a two tank system.

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#181334 - 27/12/00 10:31 PM Re: Washer Fluid
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anybody know about environmental impact of using prestone (or other brand) de-icing fluid vs. regular windsheild washer fluid? way up here in Kanada we saw the stuff a few years back but now i don't see it anywhere (maybe it is still sold but it must be on the back/bottom shelf). just wondered if it is not around because of environmental impact or just that no one was buying it.

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#181335 - 28/12/00 07:30 AM Re: Washer Fluid
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Should be fine, environmentally AFAIK. Not all places carry it, but if they do - it's usually brought out and displayed when winter arrives. Strange...
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#181336 - 12/01/01 11:32 PM Re: Washer Fluid
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IPA isopropal alcohal is considered dangerous to the environment. That is what the EPA said to us while i was in the Air Force. We had to bag up the used cotton balls or rags that had IPA on them and turn them into HAZMAT for proper disposal. I have only had my X for about 6 months and i havent had problems with the fluid running out to fast. I just get it filled while i am getting the oil changed and i am good until the next oil change.
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#181337 - 13/01/01 06:32 PM Re: Washer Fluid
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Originally posted by omni2377:
I find myself filling the washer fluid reservoir a lot. Anyone else have this happen, or is it just me?
Omni


We've had the opposite experience. Even though we use the washers the reservoir won't take much fluid.

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#181338 - 31/01/01 04:04 PM Re: Washer Fluid
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My 1988 Bronco II had a resevoir in the back.

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#181339 - 04/02/01 03:03 PM Re: Washer Fluid
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I stopped using the Rain-X that you apply to your windshield because as it wore off, it would leave streaks and give oncoming headlights a halo. The only fix was to either strip it or re-apply often.

Does the Rain-X windshield washer fluid have this same problem?

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#181340 - 18/02/01 09:56 PM Re: Washer Fluid
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I hate washer fluid. Every car I have ever driven has run out when I needed it most. Conserve Conserve Conserve.

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#181341 - 19/02/01 12:35 AM Re: Washer Fluid
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Here's something not to do...

Don't fill you your reservior the night before you plan to go 4-wheeling in sloppy terrain and forget to close the cap again. You may well end up splashing mud into your reservior and jam the hoses and/or pump.

Ask me how I know...

Now to figure out how to clear it.

D'oh!
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#181342 - 20/02/01 12:31 AM Re: Washer Fluid
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So offroadX how did you clean it out?

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#181343 - 20/02/01 12:17 PM Re: Washer Fluid
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Haven't tried yet. I'm thinking it's probably not in the pump or lines, more likely it's just backed up behind the nozzles which are the narrowest part of the path. The metal balls with the holes in 'em in the nozzle can be removed with a little wiggling on the end of a pin, they're just a royal pain to align for any reason. Why Nissan doesn't use the fixed one-piece nozzles like on our Honda that actually vibrate at a high rate to spray a decent area of the window as the fluid flows through is beyond me. The ball-style nozzles suck, same as I had on my Toyota.

Brent

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#181344 - 20/02/01 12:42 PM Re: Washer Fluid
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Do what I've done with my VW Golf "commuter car" that always has "issues" like this.

Get an air compressor and an air gun with a soft rubber tip. Disconnect the hose to the resevoir and blow the air backwards through the system to blow out any particles. Don't go nuts and push 125psi through there - just a little at a time to push the crud out.

While the hose is off, you can flush out the resevoir...

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#181345 - 30/05/01 08:35 AM Re: Washer Fluid
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Update:
I have been using Windex 100% as washer fluid for 3 months now and it works great. It is the only thing that I have found that will take off Love Bugs without using a 10 gallons of water.

For the owners in Canada I think you have a Washer Low light on your trucks? Does anyone know if that is something that can be added to the US trucks??

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#181346 - 14/06/01 05:00 PM Re: Washer Fluid
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anyone??

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#181347 - 14/06/01 07:18 PM Re: Washer Fluid
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Originally posted by Gator Saver:
anyone??



Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

You are quite patient. I really don't know, but good luck finding out!

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#181348 - 14/06/01 07:54 PM Re: Washer Fluid
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next time i am at the dealership i will ask them. i would assume that it would mean a whole new reservoir with the sensor built in but it probably would be easy to wire up.

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