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Disappointing washer fluid

Discussion in 'Model X' started by ztaylor, Sep 7, 2017.

  1. ztaylor

    ztaylor Member

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    Is it just my MX or is the washer fluid just water?
    I would think they would give you a nicer washer fluid.
     
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  2. number12

    number12 Active Member

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    Especially when it's is the only fluid in the entire car ha
     
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  3. boaterva

    boaterva Supporting Member

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    This *is* the one owner refillable thing.... you can use any fluid you like that is normal washer fluid. :D
     
  4. chillaban

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    Sorry, welcome to a little taste of California. Extremely strict emissions laws here, you only get the weak detergent based washer fluids here unless it’s winter and you live in a mountainous region.

    For everywhere else, you guys get to spray methanol, otherwise known as liquid smog, at your windshields....


    Considering your car is delivered to canada, I would personally just spray out all the factory stuff and replace it with local washer fluid.
     
  5. boaterva

    boaterva Supporting Member

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    Seriously, you can't even get the normal blue bottles at your 'gas' station? :) Good grief, I thought the paint mess was bad enough!

    I don't know about spraying it out, I'd suck it out and refill with something that actually cleans the windshield!
     
  6. gabeincal

    gabeincal Enjoying Napa life the electric way

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    What about brake fluid coolant?
     
  7. chillaban

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    Unless you're near Lake Tahoe up in the mountains, the blue stuff is also fake, detergent based, 32F freezing point (gee it's as if it's water…). In my experience, mixing Einzett concentrate yourself is the best way to get effective washing power. Even then, the labeling says you must dilute it 1:20. Any stronger and it's also illegal.

    I would tell you what I usually do with the concentrate, but I can't take the chance that you are an undercover CARB agent ;-)
     
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  8. Peteybabes

    Peteybabes redneck drivin' a tesla...

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    and the battery coolant?
     
  9. boaterva

    boaterva Supporting Member

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    Around *here* we get real stuff in the blue bottles (now *I* sound like a moonshiner...) :D
     
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  10. chillaban

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    The first time I got really mad about it was when I was going to Tahoe last year. I tried to stop by every single gas station on the way up the mountain and the first one with methanol blue fluid was after half an hour in the freezing cold and by then my nozzles already were heated shut. Had to survive by pouring washer fluid down the sunroof periodically and wiping it….

    Fortunately my hotel was absolutely awesome and offered to put my car under the driveway heat lamps to warm it up, and I was able to wash my windshield the next morning.
     
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  11. DougH

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    You need to talk to your SC, you have to use a certain fluid do to the windshield coatings. I used the blue stuff from a gas station and they went ballistic on me. They have it a the SC, the kind that they want you to use.
     
  12. mal_tsla

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    What? The windshield coatings are under the top layer of glass, not on the external surface
     
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  13. travwill

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    Coatings are on the inside of the glass. Your SC is crazy.
     
  14. ShockOnT

    ShockOnT Quickish

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    And diff fluid, battery coolant and aircon fluid.
     
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    ShockOnT Quickish

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    I actually have always used plain water for my washers, but at my last service they put in some sort of foamy stuff.
    I don't want to waste it!
     

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