The Different Types of Windshield Wiper Fluid

Yep - you heard that right. Although all wiper fluid serves the same purpose, to clean and clear your windshield to improve your road visibility, there are many different varieties available on the market. They can also vary in price. Today, we'll be going over the different types, including standard, de-icing, and resistant types.

Standard Fluid

Standard washer fluid is the most basic form, and sometimes it can be known as all-season windshield washer fluid or general-purpose fluid. This type of cleaner is usually the least expensive to get and is widely available at gas stations, supermarkets, convenience stores, and even Amazon. This basic inexpensive washer fluid will likely do the job of keeping your windshield clean when conditions are relatively neutral. However, if you live in harsh conditions, then you should consider upgrading to something more problem-focused.

De-icing Fluid

Sometimes, if you get a cheap windshield washer fluid, it can freeze in super cold temperatures — in the washer reservoir or when you spray it onto your windscreen. This type of washer fluid is suitable for cold, winter weather. It has higher intensities of methyl alcohol, which lowers its freezing point and resists it from freezing. Some even contain a small quantity of antifreeze to melt snow and ice.

Fluid with Other Resistant Properties 

There are also additional formulas that claim to withstand sticky bugs, dirt, bird droppings, and grime from your windshield. These unique formulas are intended for warmer environments, so not be able to handle colder temperatures.

Why Water Isn't An Option

While there's an assortment of windshield washer fluids available on the market, there's one option you should never settle for: water. Some people think H20 is sufficient, but you're missing out on the chemicals that can wash away tough marks like dirt and grime. The issue that water poses is that it has a freezing point of 0 degrees Celsius or 32 degrees Fahrenheit. This can be dangerous as water expands when it freezes; it can crack the fluid reservoir, hoses, and even the washer fluid pump.   


You should top off windshield wiper fluid as soon as you are low for you and your passenger's safety! If you require a quick top-off, feel free to swing by Oceanworks Berkeley today.

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