Water or Windshield Washer Fluid?


Some people use water in their windshield washer system because it is cheaper than the proper windshield washer fluid. What these people don't realize is how bad that is for them, their passengers, and their vehicles.

When water is just sitting around, not being used right away it starts to grow bacteria. That bacteria can get into the vehicle when the water is used and possibly make the driver and passengers sick.

Water also does not clean as well as windshield washer fluid, leaving behind streaks, dirt, bugs and other gunk that impairs the driver's ability to see through the windshield properly.

And water can cause damage to the windshield washer system. Water freezes at a higher temperature than the proper fluid does. If water freezes in the system than it can cause damage that can be costly to repair. The proper fluid also acts as a lubricant for the system that helps keep it running properly.

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