Underneath the hood of your vehicle should be a small plastic container full of blue fluid. In the winter months that fluid can be a real life-saver as it works with your wiper blades to keep your windshield clean. Here are some common questions we’ve heard this winter about washer fluid.
Is there any alternative to buying fluid from the store?
Yes. You can find several DIY solutions online. We advise that you use caution when following recipes that appear online. Unfortunately some solutions may cause a significant amount of damage over time. So, if you don’t want to spend the $1-$2 and purchase fluid from the store just make sure you do your research. Or bring your vehicle to Axleboy and we’ll top you off.
Can I just use a mixture of water and detergent?
You could…but we absolutely do NOT recommend it for several reasons. First, the chemical properties of detergents may actually leave a residue on the inside of hoses which can lead to system failure. Second, this combination is not rated for low temperatures. When water freezes it expands and may completely bust the plastic fluid container. Finally, the chemicals found in many detergents can be harmful to an automobile’s paint, making it more likely to peel and blister in warm weather.
Does my mechanic top off this fluid as part of my routine maintenance?
That can vary from one shop to another, but when you have your vehicle serviced at Axleboy the answer is definitely YES. Every time your vehicle comes into our shop, for routine maintenance and repairs, we check and top off essential fluids. Your safety on the road is our primary focus.
Is there a special winter blend that I should buy?
There are essentially two types of windshield fluid: a diluted form of the blue stuff which is good at any temperature above 40°F and the standard winter blend, rated for temperatures as low as -20°F. At Axleboy, we use the winter blend all year long and it works great. Whether you buy the pre-mixed solution or one of the many concentrates available, we recommend that you check the temperature rating on the label and follow all directions…or you could just bring you vehicle to Axleboy and we’ll take care of it for you.