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Mxfrank 01-04-2016 11:15 AM

Washer fluid
 
I ran out of washer fluid this morning. So I went into the trunk for the gallon that I bought last autumn. Open the top, nothing comes out. Nothing. I look at the label in amazement, and whadayaknow:

FREEZE PROTECTION TO +32. :eek:

You can't make this stuff up.

sloride 01-04-2016 11:32 AM

Thats what happens to H20/blue coloring and a drop of soap. You can add up to 30% yellow bottle heet to get it to around -20F per gal. As sold at $0.99/ gallon it may be more profitable than Soda, if not very close.

turkishcoffee 01-04-2016 12:18 PM

The orange RainX is the best. Good to -40F I believe (I've used it that low) and if you use it the rain will bead on your windshield.

Zacharias 01-04-2016 01:44 PM

Freeze protection to +32?
 
Now THAT is what I call marketing :D.

BillGrissom 01-04-2016 09:17 PM

Same here. Sacramento County outlawed traditional windshield fluid so almost all is "+32 F", i.e. water + blue dye. The exception is I have seen motor home "winter fill" suspiciously close on the shelves, and it says something like "-30 F". I just fill my cars w/ 1 gal distilled water + 1 pint of rubbing alcohol from the dollar store. I like the wintergreen one since the green dye insures I didn't forget a pint. Not just the cost, but I worry that if the fluid freezes it could damage parts, and I doubt the County would reimburse you. Alcohol is a fairly natural substance, so not sure what the environmental concern is.

mannys9130 01-04-2016 11:19 PM

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Originally Posted by BillGrissom (Post 3558198)
Same here. Sacramento County outlawed traditional windshield fluid so almost all is "+32 F", i.e. water + blue dye. The exception is I have seen motor home "winter fill" suspiciously close on the shelves, and it says something like "-30 F". I just fill my cars w/ 1 gal distilled water + 1 pint of rubbing alcohol from the dollar store. I like the wintergreen one since the green dye insures I didn't forget a pint. Not just the cost, but I worry that if the fluid freezes it could damage parts, and I doubt the County would reimburse you. Alcohol is a fairly natural substance, so not sure what the environmental concern is.

Washer fluid in the standard states contains Methanol. Methanol is toxic to humans. California decided the danger of kids drinking washer fluid is too great and therefore they don't trust you to buy real washer fluid.

Zulfiqar 01-05-2016 02:57 PM

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Originally Posted by mannys9130 (Post 3558239)
Washer fluid in the standard states contains Methanol. Methanol is toxic to humans. California decided the danger of kids drinking washer fluid is too great and therefore they don't trust you to buy real washer fluid.

vodka in the washer tank should be a workable situation in california

mannys9130 01-05-2016 05:04 PM

Vodka is way more expensive than rubbing alcohol though! At least the kind I drink. :) Even the cheapest nastiest vodka would still be $.

RunningTooHot 01-05-2016 09:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mannys9130 (Post 3558239)
Washer fluid in the standard states contains Methanol. Methanol is toxic to humans. California decided the danger of kids drinking washer fluid is too great and therefore they don't trust you to buy real washer fluid.

Damn, just let the kids drink it. Darwin at work.... :rolleyes:

mannys9130 01-06-2016 12:52 AM

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Originally Posted by RunningTooHot (Post 3558548)
Damn, just let the kids drink it. Darwin at work.... :rolleyes:

I never drank or ate anything that wasn't food... Maybe I had vigilant parents, I'm not sure. :)

Such is the way with Cali. A custom concoction will work just as good though.


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