Are All Windshield Wiper Fluids the Same?

The simple answer is: no. Although all wiper fluid serves the same function (to clear your line of vision when driving through wet conditions), there are many different variations on the market with different price points. There is the standard type, de-icing type, and those that withstand bugs, tar, and other sludge.


Standard Windshield Wiper Fluid

Standard washer fluid has no frills and is sometimes labeled as “summer windshield washer fluid.” The standard wiper fluid is usually the least expensive type and is widely available at gas stations, supermarkets, and convenience stores. Your standard, low-end washer fluid will likely keep your windshield clean when conditions are relatively neutral, but there are other effective options you’ll want to consider if you regularly deal with snow, ice, rain, or mud.


De-icing Windshield Washer Fluid

Regular windshield washer fluid can freeze in frigid climates — either in the washer tank or when you spray it onto your windshield. Windshield washer formulas suitable for winter weather usually include higher concentrations of methyl alcohol, which gives them a lower freezing point. As a result, they won’t freeze in your tank or cause dangerous refreeze in freezing conditions. Some can also melt light layers of ice in temperatures as low as -50°C.


Windshield Washer Fluid With Resistant Properties (Bugs, Tar, and Other Grime)

There are also formulas made to expel sticky bugs, tar, dirt, bird droppings, and oil from your windshield. These unique formulas are designed for warmer environments, so some may freeze if used in the winter. 


Water Repellent Solutions

While water repellent remedies don’t technically count as “windshield washer fluids,” they can be helpful in addition to clearing your sight. Water repellent treatments will typically be in a liquid form that you wipe onto your windshield and windows using a soft cloth. They’re engineered to repel water and snow to improve visibility while you’re driving and can be highly effective.


Windshield wiper fluid should be swapped out whenever you are low just like your other essential fluids! If you require any auto maintenance services, do not hesitate to give us a call or visit Carencro Automotive Service today.