Can I use Water in Place of Windshield Washer Solvent?

Windshield washer fluid is formulated with solvent, detergent, and antifreeze ingredients to get rid of dirt and insects. When a pump and windshield wipers are used, washer fluid can be sprayed over the windshield whether the car is moving or not. All washer fluids, which come in a variety of formulae, contain some sort of antifreeze agent, such methylated spirits, to keep the fluid from freezing in the reservoir, pump, and tubing in colder areas. Different types of detergents are used in washing fluid; some formulae are marketed as "Bug and Tar Remover," "Deicer," or "All-Season." While some washer fluids are meant to be used at full strength, others are offered in powder form and must be combined by the consumer, while yet others are intended to be diluted with water. Since tap water frequently contains minerals that might clog washer jets and create deposits on glass, adding water should only be done with distilled water.

Water Compared to Washer F

If you live somewhere where it doesn't get cold enough to freeze. Even when utilizing merely water, there are risks.
• Washer fluid cleans more thoroughly than water. It lacks the cleaning ability to remove dirt and grime and could even leave more streaks behind, reducing your visibility.
• Some varieties of mold and bacteria thrive in water, endangering the health of your car and its occupants.
• You become vulnerable to broken pipes and a damaged washer pump when water freezes. On the other hand, washer fluid is made with a little antifreeze and can endure cooler temperatures.

Additionally, windshield wiper fluids are particularly prepared to guarantee the protection and lubrication of all the system's internal parts, extending the system's life span. This means that by using windshield washer fluid that has been authorized for your car, you can avoid making expensive repairs.

Saving money and lessening pollution by replacing windshield washer fluid with water is possible, but should the system be exposed to cold conditions while being loaded with only water, it could sustain damage costing hundreds of dollars. If you need windshield wiper fluid replacement, we invite you to bring your vehicle to D. Wells Automotive Service today!


D. Wells Automotive Service is committed to ensuring effective communication and digital accessibility to all users. We are continually improving the user experience for everyone, and apply the relevant accessibility standards to achieve these goals. We welcome your feedback. Please call D. Wells Automotive Service (847) 856-1420 if you have any issues in accessing any area of our website.