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#181299 - 08/11/00 10:36 PM Washer Fluid
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This may be a silly observation, but there isn't a place to fill the rear washer fluid. It just keeps on coming! Obviously from the large resivoir in front.

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#181300 - 08/11/00 11:10 PM Re: Washer Fluid
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Yep, front and rear draw from the same tank. Never known a vehicle that had a separate tank for the rear. The wonderful thing about fluids is that pushing at one end of a tube has the same result at the other end no matter the distance...

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#181301 - 09/11/00 05:38 AM Re: Washer Fluid
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My prior Chrysler mini vans had a separate tank in the rear.

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#181302 - 09/11/00 08:21 AM Re: Washer Fluid
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My old Ford Exploder had one also.

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#181303 - 09/11/00 12:08 PM Re: Washer Fluid
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Chevy Sprint had one.

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#181304 - 09/11/00 05:05 PM Re: Washer Fluid
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Chevy Sprint had one.

"Rack" up another post.


Damn, those two reservoirs probably took up more space than the engine.
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#181305 - 09/11/00 11:01 PM Re: Washer Fluid
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I find myself filling the washer fluid reservoir a lot. I don't use the wipers all that often. There is no leak, but it seems to go quickly, especially since it holds a whole gallon of fluid. Anyone else have this happen, or is it just me?
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#181306 - 10/11/00 07:21 AM Re: Washer Fluid
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Yea, I've noticed that too, during our wonderful summer without any rain, I hardly ever used the wipers, but the fluid tank could almost always use some fluid. Seems a little strange since it has a lid, way too much to be losing to evaporation. But never enough to seem like it was leaking.

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#181307 - 10/11/00 07:42 AM Re: Washer Fluid
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Add the Mitsubishi Montero to the list of "rear tankers." I'm not sure where the tank is, but the filler hole is in the back, on the right side rail. You can only get access to it when the tailgate is swung upward.

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#181308 - 11/11/00 10:11 PM Re: Washer Fluid
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Isuzu Trooper had a rear tank too. Practically had to hook it up to a dialysis machine to refill the sucker.
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#181309 - 21/11/00 06:20 AM Re: Washer Fluid
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My dad's old Renault 12 had a rear washer fluid tank, but I doubt you'll find many over here.

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#181310 - 08/12/00 05:57 AM Re: Washer Fluid
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Add Saturn Wagons to the list, it had this really cool swing out filler......that leaked if you poured too fast.
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#181311 - 08/12/00 06:18 AM Re: Washer Fluid
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All the Chrysler/Plymouth/Dodge min-vans have the rear tanks. Having 1 is a lot easier!

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#181312 - 08/12/00 06:52 AM Re: Washer Fluid
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The list grows longer.
My VW Quantom wagon had a rear washer tank.
I changed the little motor as much as the fluid.

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#181313 - 08/12/00 07:49 AM Re: Washer Fluid
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IMO, it makes more sense to have one tank, for ease of use - and to have it in the engine compartment. At least there it will warm up somewhat with the engine and do a better job in the winter (you should use the anti-freezing kind).
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#181314 - 21/12/00 07:50 PM Re: Washer Fluid
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I believe my old VW Scirocco had a rear one too. Wow that was a long time ago!!
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#181315 - 24/12/00 10:07 AM Re: Washer Fluid
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Has anyone used Windex in place of washer fluid? At work they use Windex in all of the fleet cars and works very well. I havent tried it on my car. Thats the diff. between State and Personal. Pros-Cons ??
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#181316 - 24/12/00 10:12 AM Re: Washer Fluid
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So what do the majority of you throw in the washer reservoir? What brand of fluid works well in cold climates, preferably something that doesnt cause buildup or is potentially paint damaging.
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#181317 - 24/12/00 10:54 AM Re: Washer Fluid
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I use Rain X washer fluid. It works good, but I don't now about the freezing part. It doesn't get that cold here.

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#181318 - 24/12/00 10:56 AM Re: Washer Fluid
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#181319 - 24/12/00 12:53 PM Re: Washer Fluid
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I use Rain X washer fluid. It works good, but I don't now about the freezing part. It doesn't get that cold here.



I am in south east PA and am using Rain X winter blend, works good and it don't freeze the temp. has been inhte 20's F. the past few days.

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#181320 - 24/12/00 01:54 PM Re: Washer Fluid
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How much does a bottle of Rain X cost? Does it come in the traditional washer fluid bottle size (5 liters, I think)?

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#181321 - 24/12/00 02:07 PM Re: Washer Fluid
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Rain-X treatment is a few bucks a bottle, for about 6 or 8 ounces. This is the stuff you apply to the glass by hand. The washer fluid in the 1-gallon bottle pre-mix is 2 or 3 bucks as I recall, and pink in color. You can also get a 10 oz (or so) bottle of the washer fluid additive, also pink, that you mix with conventional $1/gal blue fluid.

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#181322 - 24/12/00 02:16 PM Re: Washer Fluid
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Ic....but on my last vehicle the rain-x washer fluid left some residue (blackened residue) on the hood. I was interested in maybe the prestone de-ice stuff only I dont know how well it works.
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#181323 - 24/12/00 04:05 PM Re: Washer Fluid
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I have used Prestone de-icing windshield washer fluid in the past and just put some in the X. It's the yellow stuff. You can also get it in concentrate form and add to whatever you're using now. It has worked well for me. We regularly get temps from 0 to 20 degrees F in winter. When its really bad, -10.
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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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Quote:
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.

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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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#181349 - 01/07/01 08:57 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.


I had to try it out. Went out and bought Armor All's Auto Glass Cleaner and mixed it in with the reg. window wash. Did this before our vac. to Daytona this past week.

IT WORKED GREAT ! ! !

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