How to choose the right windshield wiper fluid - OHS Body Shop

Windshield wiper fluid is not that much-discussed as oil or coolant. Most people even consider it unimportant and ready to pour in any brightly-colored ooze they find in a local shop.

However, windshield wiper fluid is not less important than any other liquids of your vehicle. Helping you see clear and taking care of the windshield becomes a serious security and maintenance factor for your car.

Yes, there are lots of them on the market today, and they are not all the same as it might seem at first sight. In this article, we shall give you a general overview of the main kinds of windshield wiper fluids available on the market today. Knowing the difference between them will help you pick the best one for your vehicle and get the most from your overall driving experience.

Classic “blue water”

This is the one everyone knows and loves. It is available at any station and might be the best way to take care of your windshield on a dime. It cleans up most of the things that may end up on your windshield while driving almost effortlessly. However, you might need a bit more once we talk about some massive bugs.

It also works as a de-icer in the winter but might not be the fastest and most efficient solution in this matter. By the way, make sure to check the temperature range of your classic windshield wiper liquid next time you buy it. Once you live in an area with extreme winter temperatures, it may freeze inside the car’s system, causing serious and costly damage.

There is also a concentrated version of this liquid, which is even a better budget option once you dilute it with distilled water.

Bug Remover

Let’s make it clear: Bug Removers are not just meant for bugs. These fluids are perfect for any kind of “summer” contaminations. It will wash things like tree sap, pollen, or even bird droppings off your windshield effortlessly, becoming ultimate salvation once you live upstate or planning to take a long vacation road trip this summer.
However, beware and don’t count on Bug Remover in winter. Those liquids freeze at 32F and can cause you some serious headaches. So, don’t forget to swap it ASAP once the summer season is off.

De-Icing Liquids

Unlike the previous two, De-icing liquid is perfectly safe in the winter as it won’t freeze until as cold as -25F. It is also perfect for clearing snow and ice off your windshield, becoming ultimate salvation for those who are no strangers to ultimately severe winters. Except for a traditional pour-in gallon size, those liquids often come in spray formats. It is pretty handy once you are not ready to invest in a full-size product or need to de-ice side windows or other car parts.

All-Season liquids

As you might understand from the name, those windshield fluids are supposed to be efficient against summer bugs and winter ice. Those liquids are pretty controversial, though, as there is such a wide range of them that you really need to pay attention to such factors as temperature range and concentration if you hope to use them all year round.

Choosing proper maintenance products and accessories for your vehicle is key to a smooth and safe driving experience. Here at OHS Body Shop, we are always happy to answer all your questions and recommend the best windshield wiper liquid for your vehicle and driving conditions. Visit one of our branches in Kalispell, Whitefish, Polson, and Columbia Falls. Our qualified experts will conduct comprehensive diagnostics of your car and eliminate all possible issues, so you and your family will get the most from your vehicle.

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