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Does anyone know what kind of washer fluid comes in the S60's from the factory. The dealership told me they use the regular blue stuff and I'm calling BS. When I spray mine it has a slight ammonia smell of some sort. I really like the way it cleans and would like to get more but with no cooperation from the dealer. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Windshield washer fluid question... (Cementups)

I use Rain-X Bug Remover with good results. A gallon costs about $2.
 

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Re: Windshield washer fluid question... (Cementups)

BMW had the same thing. It was very HIGH in alcohol content from factory. Smelled like paint thinner thru vents too. I guess your ammonia smell might be misread or similar. And might very well have AMMONIA in it too. Cleaned like nothing else. Very $$$ and in small bottles too in parts dept. Not sure if they still do. It was very flameable too. So I think it is not aval anymore for that reason. Too many smoking when filling the tank. Blue stuff is not all created equal. General rule is the more $$$ it is the more alcohol it has. WALMART for $.99 is not the place to find it. Nor is KWIKI MART for $1.45 with your soda and gas and smokes. Been awhile since i did it since moving south form NJ but here is a thought. Add a small bottle or amount of rubbing alcohol to the tank with the blue stuff to boost it. Also use straight rubbing alcohol on a PAPERTOWEL so you do not mess up your paint! and super clean the windshield first or once a month. Look at the paper towel after too! you will freak out over what was on there that you never saw. Add were just wiping back and forth with the blades. Rain-x last I saw was high in alcohol too with the rest of its properties. It cleans like i said first and then evaps away and then the stuff left is the rest of the rain-x water shed idea. And yes alcohol does evap and atract water. SO yes it does stand to reason that adding it to a open tank will mean it will jsut evap out of tank. But that is straight alcohol. Mixing it in with teh blue stuff for some reason makes it last longer in suspension and attracts water form the air into it. But not really alot and does not just evap away like you think. I am no chemist so use info as you will. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Windshield washer fluid question... (Nato740)

I just moved back from Germany. The Volvo stuff is as reported very high in alcohol. It was a readily available dealer item there and it had markings for all countries including the USA.
 

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Re: Windshield washer fluid question... (Nato740)

Alcohol (methyl, ethyl or isopropyl) is miscible in water in all proportions, that is it dissolves in water (not suspended).<p>Alcohol in the tank will <i>not</i> evaporate that quickly under normal operating conditions.<p>Get some isopropanol (99% rubbing alcohol) from the cheapest place you can find--it's all the same--and top off a gallon of regular window cleaner with 8-10oz of it. If you really want some kick to it, pour off a couple ounces of the blue stuff (before adding the alcohol) and add the same amount of Formula 409. Don't overdue it because it will streak.<p>Just don't let this stuff sit on your dash or any other <i>interior parts</i>, it will lift their coatings. It will not harm the exterior coatings.<p>I am a chemist, so use the info as you will. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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sounds like a good idea except for teh occassions where after just finished spraying/wiping, i open my window and it drips on my door panel <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/redface.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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I have an older Mercedes ('91), where they recommend getting a little bottle of additive from Mercedes, and then mixing with plain water. It's an unusual approach. I think it is mostly a detergent, with perhaps a bit of alcohol in it. But I've never used it - preferring to just use run-of the-mill windshield washer fluid. It's not clear to me how the Mercedes additive-with-water is with respect to freezing, though. The car has a heating element inside of the washer fluid tank, so perhaps they don't worry as much about freezing. In real cold weather I'd still want a non-freezing fluid.<p>The cheap washer fluid from some vendors comes in summer and winter formulations, with different amounts of alcohol in it.
 

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bdimag: Actually, it is not that aggressive; if some drips, as long as it is wiped up <i>immediately there</i> will be no problems. If it is left to sit for a prolonged period of time or someone makes a habit of repeatedly cleaning the dash with it, then the coatings will be affected. If the temperature is hot enough, it will probably evaporate before any damage can be done.
 

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Thanks to all for the thoughts. I called my local Volvo Dealer about the stuff. They don't stock it, they use RainX, so I bought some of the RainX orange stuff from Wal-Mart for ~ $3.00. It snowed here yesterday so I conducted a field test. Here are my obeservations:<p>1. It smells like alcohol--good sign<br>2. So far it works ok but it is still a mix of whatever was left in the resevoir
 

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Re: Windshield washer fluid question... (Cementups)

It must be Christmas for you :<p>9437500 is the p/n (1liter bottle .... but the "shipment"box is filled with 8 bottles ... so you probably need to order 1 case of 8 liter so order 8x9437500 or 16x9437500 or ....<p>EDIT: and it's the OEM of-factory stuff .. not aggressive for hands and it smells great <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/cool.gif" BORDER="0"> each time I pick up oil-filters at dealer I pick up a box of oem-washer-fluid <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <BR><BR>
<i>Modified by JARMO at 11:21 PM 4-5-2008</i>
 

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Re: Windshield washer fluid question... (JARMO)

Thank you, but they know what it is; they just do not carry it. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> I will try RainX for a while. This is not an issue in Europe (at least when I lived in DE), most of your washer fluids are similar to Volvo's formula. In the USA they have mostly cheap washer fluid.
 

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Re: Windshield washer fluid question... (Autobahn_R)

THEN ask them to order that certain p/n <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>I realize it could take maybe months before orders from the US are delivered but wth? just order it, you want it, order enough so you can go tru 5months and then order again <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Windshield washer fluid question... (JARMO)

Harder than it sounds...the stuff is HAZMAT. Besides, this is the dealer that lost my car for a week when it arrived from Europe. So far, I am sticking with RainX.
 
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