Can I Use Water in Place of Windshield Washer Solvent?

Once or twice throughout our driving experiences, we have run out of windshield wiper fluid. Suppose this happens with no readily available refill bottle around. Will you use regular water to refill your wiper fluid and continue your journey? While it may seem logical to refill with normal water, it may not be the best thing to do.

And here is how substituting plain water for windshield washer solvent carries pros and cons.

Plain Water is Readily Available

Regardless of where you stop, it is easier to find water than it is for windshield washer solvent. For instance, water is in plenty when filling up your gas tank at the gas station. You can also grab the garden hose pipe and refill your windshield wiper fluid tank in your driveway.

Plain Water May Cause More Harm than Good in Colder Climates

Although using water in place of windshield washer fluid may save you money while reducing pollution, it can be more damaging and cost you hundreds of dollars. And this is particularly the case if you live or often drive through places where the temperatures drop below freezing.

The freezing property of water exposes you to the risk of a damaged washer pump and burst lines. Unlike plain water, windshield washer solvent comprises antifreeze agents and detergents, which can withstand colder temperatures.

What About Environmental Concerns?

Since environmental groups have been raising concerns over using chemicals in windshield washer solvents, manufacturers are now integrating less toxic isopropanol alcohol to prevent winter freeze-ups. But windshield washer fluids are generally more effective in removing bugs and grime from windshields than plain water.

And windshield washer fluids are available in various formulas, from "Tar and Bug Remover" to "All-Season," primarily based on the types of detergents used.

Windshield washer solvents are formulated to ensure that all the system's internal parts, including the reservoir, pump, and tubing, are lubricated and safe, translating to an extended lifespan of the entire system.

So, do you need windshield wiper fluid replacement? We invite you to bring your automobile to Haglin Automotive today!

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