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Old 01-09-2018, 01:26 PM
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Windshield Washer Fluid

I am wondering if I need to use Windshield Washer Fluid for the car or can be replace with water?

Any problem with water during winter season? Car would be either in garage or underground car park.

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I am wondering if I need to use Windshield Washer Fluid for the car or can be replace with water?

Any problem with water during winter season? Car would be either in garage or underground car park.

Thanks.
Why after spending all the $$ on a Mercedes would you even think about the $3 for a gallon of washer fluid. If the lines freeze up it will cost so much more not to mention how poor a job water will do.
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I am wondering if I need to use Windshield Washer Fluid for the car or can be replace with water?

Any problem with water during winter season? Car would be either in garage or underground car park.

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Really?? Water in winter, its called ice....
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Why after spending all the $$ on a Mercedes would you even think about the $3 for a gallon of washer fluid. If the lines freeze up it will cost so much more not to mention how poor a job water will do.
It's my first brand new car, and before I never notice there is such thing called windshield washer fluid, only refilled with water before, also I wasn't at a place with such cold temperature in winter. So no snow, nor ice, always above 0 degrees.

After checked the price, it is reasonable cheap, so I probably use that. Not sure how long it can last(I have to wipe the window at least 5-10 times a day now, it's kind of dirty here when it is wet).

Google also mentioned that it pollute the environment quite a lot, not sure how bad it is.

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Really?? Water in winter, its called ice....
My only concern is if it would freeze within the tank or pipe when it is cold.

When it is -30 in here, I guess most of fluid will be frozen.

As long as it would not freeze in the tank or pipe, I am Ok if it causes icing on the window, that's what the heated windshield I paid for. I tired it last Christmas, really useful and cleaned the ice quickly.
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Originally Posted by sonichanxiao View Post
It's my first brand new car, and before I never notice there is such thing called windshield washer fluid, only refilled with water before, also I wasn't at a place with such cold temperature in winter. So no snow, nor ice, always above 0 degrees.

After checked the price, it is reasonable cheap, so I probably use that. Not sure how long it can last(I have to wipe the window at least 5-10 times a day now, it's kind of dirty here when it is wet).

Google also mentioned that it pollute the environment quite a lot, not sure how bad it is.

Out of curiosity where is the car located ? 10 times a day seems a lot
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Washer fluid contains surfactants that aid in cleaning the glass without streaking. The tank and hoses are plastic and not heated. They will freeze at +32F and may rupture. Why take the risk? Use MB approved washer fluid not diluted with water.
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Originally Posted by knoppe01 View Post
Out of curiosity where is the car located ? 10 times a day seems a lot
I am Toronto based, it seems either after snow or with light snow, the wiping just doesn't clean the windshield. So I have to wash and then wipe, but only last for about 10 minutes.

I wiped 3 times this morning to work, when it's getting dark after 5 like yesterday, I need to keep using the wiper to wash and wipe the window every 5 minutes.
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Washer fluid contains surfactants that aid in cleaning the glass without streaking. The tank and hoses are plastic and not heated. They will freeze at +32F and may rupture. Why take the risk? Use MB approved washer fluid not diluted with water.
Thanks for the information.

Definitely I would not risk that when the fluid is still within a affordable range. I guess I could add some water mixing with the fluid during summer seasons to cause less damage to the environment.
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Toronto! Are you out of your mind? Toronto has many days below freezing and you will rupture the lines and possibly the tank. If washer fluid is too expensive, sell the car and call Uber.
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Originally Posted by sonichanxiao View Post
Thanks for the information.

Definitely I would not risk that when the fluid is still within a affordable range. I guess I could add some water mixing with the fluid during summer seasons to cause less damage to the environment.
ummm...What do you plan to change the engine oil with? Olive oil? If you're worried about windshield washer fluid cost and environmental impact maybe you should sell the car and ride the bus. Seriously....is this a troll post?
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Toronto! Are you out of your mind? Toronto has many days below freezing and you will rupture the lines and possibly the tank. If washer fluid is too expensive, sell the car and call Uber.
Hey, like I said earlier this is my first brand new car and where I used to drive the temperature is never below 0 degree, so I didn't know I need to refill the tank with special fluid. And I didn't know how much it would cost me to fill with windshield wash fluid.

You don't need to give me a lesson like this, sounds like you have tons of GT-R in your garage.
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ummm...What do you plan to change the engine oil with? Olive oil? If you're worried about windshield washer fluid cost and environmental impact maybe you should sell the car and ride the bus. Seriously....is this a troll post?
To you as well,

Don't talk to people like you know everything from A to Z. And your joke just make me feel like talking to your president.

This might be a dumb question to you and the other, but at least I got what I want to know from those who give useful information and advice in a polite way.

And I will definitely remember to dump some waste when I go to US next time.
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You are right. My post was not justified. I did not know that you are not originally from Toronto. Now you know that Toronto is cold and that water freezes at 0 C. Windshield washer is very inexpensive at Canadian Tire. I usually keep 5 or 6 jugs in my garage because we use so much of it.
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In college, I used to add isopropyl alcohol to the water. It worked great. The windshield was clean, sterile and no freezing water. The only downside was the car smelled like a hospital after using it.

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You are right. My post was not justified. I did not know that you are not originally from Toronto. Now you know that Toronto is cold and that water freezes at 0 C. Windshield washer is very inexpensive at Canadian Tire. I usually keep 5 or 6 jugs in my garage because we use so much of it.
Thank you.

Do you know if they are the same stuff or those one from the dealership(Corporate Store, that's that they call themselves in Toronto) has some magic stuff inside?
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You may want to add the Mercedes "Summerwash" to each gallon - if you can get it. It really helps with the salt and crap during the winter
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Thank you.

Do you know if they are the same stuff or those one from the dealership(Corporate Store, that's that they call themselves in Toronto) has some magic stuff inside?

You can buy it at gas stations, Canadian Tire, Walmart etc. The dealership will most probably be more expensive and less convenient to pick up. The quality is pretty much all the same. What differs is the strength of the product ie: -30C, -40C. The product is just part of life in Canada and that is why it is available everywhere.
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