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IvanVTS   
Sun Jun 26 2011, 07:08pm
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Joined: Jun 21 2011
Location: Sydney, Australia
Not sure whether I need special fluid for this or will distilled water with a bit of window cleaner do?
PPP7   
Sun Jun 26 2011, 07:14pm
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Joined: Feb 25 2007
Location: South Midlands
Any plain water from a tap will do, but proper windscreen washer fluid helps to stop smearing, and in winter it will stop your washer bottle freezing, but probably not applicable for your climate.
barrie   
Mon Jun 27 2011, 01:21am
Please dont use washing up liquid, it will clog up the pump

Barrie
BigJohnD   
Mon Jun 27 2011, 02:13am

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Joined: Jan 22 2007
Location: Hoylake
barrie wrote ...

Please dont use washing up liquid, it will clog up the pump

Yuck - it's full of salt too.

I use W5 Windscreen Cleaner in Lidl for 89p. - Click Here - . I don't think it contains any anti-freeze, but it works really well.

mooresey   
Mon Jun 27 2011, 03:50am
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Joined: Feb 27 2011
Location: Church Gresley, Derbyshire
Dont just use tap water that can lead to legionaries disease, you need to use something with it.
neilos   
Mon Jun 27 2011, 05:48am
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Joined: Apr 05 2007
Location: West London
Hmm.. . - Click Here -
Apparently true.....although in 2009 only 345 people actually caught it and there are around 31,000,000 cars (note ...just cars, not all motor vehicles) in the UK so chances of getting it are what you might call slim.
gulranek   
Mon Jun 27 2011, 06:13am
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Joined: Jan 11 2009
Location: Croatia
Won't plain tap water also clog the sprinklers because of lime deposits?
wozza   
Mon Jun 27 2011, 07:01am

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Joined: Aug 12 2006
Location: Manchester
Depends on the type of water you have in your area really.
barrie   
Mon Jun 27 2011, 09:14am
mooresey wrote ...

Dont just use tap water that can lead to legionaries disease, you need to use something with it.


Is that French Legionaries disease- , - I think forgot

Barrie
trev h   
Mon Jun 27 2011, 09:26am
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Joined: Sep 11 2009
Location: kent/se london
mooresey wrote ...

Dont just use tap water that can lead to legionaries disease, you need to use something with it.


Scotch.
PPP7   
Mon Jun 27 2011, 01:20pm
Member No: #135
Joined: Feb 25 2007
Location: South Midlands
I use diluted Morrisons or Wilkinsons branded 1 Litre Concentrated screenwash, which can also be used neat in winter.
Bump   
Mon Jun 27 2011, 02:55pm
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Joined: Nov 15 2009
Location: Crewe, Cheshire
I picked up several bottles of ready mixed screenwash for 75p/5 litres from the local Focus DIY when it closed recently, wont be needing any for a while then...
Biohead   
Mon Jun 27 2011, 03:23pm

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Joined: Nov 05 2008
Location: Bracknell
Bump wrote ...

I picked up several bottles of ready mixed screenwash for 75p/5 litres from the local Focus DIY when it closed recently, wont be needing any for a while then...


Doesn't the screenwash tank hold 5 litres? I know mine with the extra headlight washer capacity holds 8 litres!
neilos   
Mon Jun 27 2011, 07:00pm
Member No: #209
Joined: Apr 05 2007
Location: West London
The GP has a 3 litre capacity......not really ideal with such a large surface area to be cleaned.....I'm always using the squirters....and always having to refill was a PITA.
Mk3_Singh   
Fri Aug 03 2012, 07:24am
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Joined: Apr 19 2012
Location: Slough, UK
I tend to use 4.5l of tap water, 250ml of general spray on window cleaner, and 250ml of vinegar. (leaves a really nice streak free finish), i doubt the acidity of the vinegar will harm the blades or tank system at the acidity is well below 0.25% in the diluted state (vinegar is 5% in concentrate).

A tank usually lasts me 2 - 2.5 months.
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