Why Do You Need Windshield Wiper Fluid?

Windshield wiper fluid: We have all seen it before. Hit the button and watch the blue fluid spray on to your windshield, helping you to wash away dirt, bugs, and grime. Why is it important to keep in your vehicle, and why is it better than plain water?

Wiper fluid is actually a specially mixed chemical and should never be replaced with water. Not only does it have cleaning agents, normally alcohol-based, that leave a streak-free shine on your windshield, but also this alcohol provides a layer of freeze protection in colder climates. Using just water would not only under-perform in cleaning aspects compared to wiper fluid, but can actually freeze and rupture your fluid reservoir causing a large leak.

Many windshield washer fluids also contain a deicer to help clear lightly iced-up windshields. Water also breeds very harmful bacteria to humans, while washer fluid does not. Because of this, it is highly recommended to keep your windshield wiper fluid topped off at all times. Our Sunland Ford dealership in Victorville, CA would be more than happy to assist you!

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