Have you switched to summer windshield washer fluid yet?

Posted by on July 23, 2017 in Maintenance Tips, News, Summer Maintenance Tips | 0 comments

Read here to learn WHY you should and some tips on HOW to do it.

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The type of windshield washer fluid you use can help make it easier to clean off bugs

Getting Ready for Summer Bug Season in Saskatchewan

Driving in Saskatchewan in the late spring, summer, and even the early fall can really do a number on your windshield.  I am talking about the amount of insects that stick to the windshield, especially after driving at night.  After a road trip, driving at speeds of 100 km per hour or more on the prairie highway, it can be a real chore to clean the mess off.  Will switching to a summer windshield washer fluid help or will any washer fluid do?

Are all Windshield Washer Fluids the Same? 

The short answer is that no, not all windshield washer fluids are the same.  Those formulated for summer use contain ingredients which help make windshields easier to clean during the bug season.  Those formulated for winter contain more methyl hydrate to prevent freezing.

Many summer fluids claim to contain special detergents that help to break down the protein in insect bodies making them water soluble and easy to clean off the windshield.  Others state that their formula will cut through the oil, dirt, and bugs of summer to quickly restore clear vision.  Some even avow to have special additives and rain repellent to help vision when driving in the summer.  Another touted feature of windshield washer fluids created for warm weather is greater foaming action to assist with grime removal.  There are also declarations of streak-free cleaning.  No matter what the claims on the bottle are, you can count on summer windshield washer fluids having more additives to help with the extra cleaning required in the warmer months.

Automobile Maintenence - Filling the Windshield Washer Fluid on a Car

Filling the windshield washer fluid reservoir can be as easy as this

How do I top up my windshield washer fluid?

To top up or fill your windshield washer fluid, find the appropriate reservoir under the hood of your vehicle.  Look for the cap that indicates “Washer Fluid Only” or has a picture of a windshield on it.  You should be able to see how much fluid is in the reservoir.  If it is less than half full, a top up is due!

Most fluids come in ready-to-use bottles that you can pour into the windshield washer fluid reservoir of your vehicle. You may wish to use a funnel, but if you are careful, it is usually not necessary.

Get a free top up of your windshield washer fluid every time you visit Great Canadian Oil Change in Regina!

Topping up your windshield washer fluid is just part of our everyday service when you visit Great Canadian Oil Change Regina.  We also top up the power steering fluid and the antifreeze/coolant.  Your oil change service also includes a complimentary multi-point inspection in which we check and maintain many parts of your vehicle.  For more information on what your service includes, click here.

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For a clear view, Great Canadian Oil Change Regina tops up you windshield washer fluid as part of everyday service

Happy “clear view” travels from the Great Canadian Oil Change team!

Check out our blog for other summer and maintenance tips!

Click here for our video showing the basics of replacing your windshield washer fluid.