Windshield fluid

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  1. Nalgask

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    What type of windshield wiper fluid does the 2015 PRIUS C ONE take? A good premium fluid not some cheap water that does nothing, anyone know?
     
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    Rain-X Bug Remover Windshield Washer Fluid - Walmart.com
    $2.77 a gallon.
    $0.50 more expensive per gallon than gas.....but it's pretty good stuff.

    ETC(SS) law of Walmart:
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    I use the Rain-X because it's widely available and effective.....and if it were harmful to the car in any way then the interwebs would be log-jammed with stories about it.

    YMMV
     
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    I'm just not imagining that this car could need a different washer fluid than any other car.
     
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    I don't think there is any specific "type"....you're talking about brand names here.
    IMO and in my usage, windshield wiper fluid is very, very cheap.
    Therefore I usually go for Rain X, as opposed to a generic store bought fluid. I used Rain-X with my Prius, and I continue to use it with my Honda Fit. It works fine IMO.

    What I'm looking for is something that doesn't freeze in the winter....that I can also continue to use in the summer...or year round. Rain-X fits that bill, and it supposedly adds a bit of rain-x water beading.

    Even at this level it's overthinking it.
    You're fine with probably any store bought brand.
     
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    Why do people obsess over insignificant C**P these days ?
    Does anybody know ??

    The pre-mixed blue stuff for about $2 a gallon at WalMart will be more than good enough........for ANY car or truck.
    Really it will.
     
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    Any freeze protected fluid should be ok. I've been getting Toyota's, $3.99 CDN for 4 liters.

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    I agree that if you're doing much of anything more than just picking up a jug at any automobile aisle, you're probably overthinking it.
    BUT...
    Just google "Make Your Own Windshield Fluid" and you'll find several youtube videos where people are going to all the trouble of mixing their own self made fluid.
    Which given the inexpensive nature of the product just seems like a waste of time to me.
     
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    One thing, I would avoid "summer" fluid, the stuff without freeze-protection. Unless you're using copious amounts, it'll still be in there come winter.
     
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    Do you REALLY see "summer" stuff in Canada ?
    I live in Florida and don't think I could find that if I actually tried.
     
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    It is probably the same "protects from freezing down to 32F" stuff that my spouse found here. :rolleyes: Except labeled in metric, not Imperial.

    And that was +32, not -32F.
     
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    So that would be colored plain water.......right ??
     
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    I'd speculate summer fluid is water with a surfactant (aka soap). Plus maybe a wee bit of alcohol, just to help clean bugs?
     
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    Must be bit more than just water + soap to be able to claim "exclusive patent" on the formula. LOL:LOL:
    BTW, winter blend is usually mixed with methanol to lower the freezing point, but in order to sell it as non-flammable, it has to be less than certain percentage. The highest contents is ~40% methanol which protect from freezing down to -40 F (or -40C).

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    That is why they use a 'surfactant', not just a 'detergent' or even mere 'soap'. ;)
     
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