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how do you fill washer fluid with no spills

Discussion in 'Model S' started by tinpandave, Sep 17, 2015.

  1. tinpandave

    tinpandave Member

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    Just had to fill the washer fluid on my MS, its not in a good location for a jug of fluid to pour so I got some clear tubing and syphon it in with no spills.
    Has anyone come up with a better way?
     
  2. EdA

    EdA Model S P-2540

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    funnel?
     
  3. mknox

    mknox Well-Known Member

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    That's what I use...
     
  4. Afdyce

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    There's a hole in my funnel, dear Lisa, dear Lisa
     
  5. LMB

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    Yeah funnel, but even with a funnel it's awkward and you have to pour slowly unless it's quiet enough to hear splashing getting near the top of the filler pipe. I'm thinking of 3D printing a funnel with an integral "bobber" to let me know when the level is almost full. Not sure if the alcohol in the washer fluid will dissolve ABS plastic though.
     
  6. tdelta1000

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    Lol
     
  7. Roland

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    I pour a third of the gallon jug into my wife's VW and put the rest in my S. No funnel needed.
     
  8. BerTX

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    Don't they refill the washer fluid when they change your oil? :wink:
     
  9. DJ Frustration

    DJ Frustration Model X Sig, Former Model S, Model 3 Res

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    How do you fill washer fluid with no spills? Carefully. That's how ;) Sorry I couldn't resist. In reality, I use a pitcher of filtered water from the house. That way no hard water stains from hose water.
     
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    Third-world problems :biggrin:
     
  11. timtampa

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    Use magical wizard powers, or a flexible cup.

    You may want to try pouring some into a large, flexible cup and then pouring it in that way. You can get them free if you get a large drink from a fast food place, or just use a paper cup carefully. It should go without saying to wash it out thoroughly first ;).


     
  12. MikeInFL

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    Not sure how often you go through fluid but anytime your vehicle is serviced they refill the washer fluid.
     
  13. richardl007

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    Such a great car, they couldn't have found a better place for the windshield washer tank?
     
  14. Theshadows

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    I fill it all the time with the gallon jug and nothing else. I don't worry about the table spoon or so that spills when I start the pour. It runs down along the fill spout and is contained by the plastic trim. If I do spill a bit I wipe it up with a towel. Alternately you could put a towel around the neck to catch the dribbles.

    I make sure I top ours off before going in for service. I only use rain-X washer fluid and don't like the stuff the service center puts in.

    As for how often does it need filled, in the north east I can easily go through a gallon each month in the winter depending on road conditions. I have used a gallon before in one day driving hundreds of miles in the right kind of slop.
     
  15. FloridaGary

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    I have not received delivery of my S, but I have seen the location of the reservoir. Since I only use Distilled water, a few drips will not be an issue. Until I saw this thread, it looked like I could just pour directly from the gallon bottle.
     
  16. TEUNTSLA

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    I find it helps to turn the bottle over 1/4 of the way, so the for us canadians with the rectangular bottles, the label faces the ground. rather than to the side, results in less schlopping around and a smoother pour, no funnel needed.
     
  17. Shaggy

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    So that's the issue... no oil change, no fluid refill.
     
  18. Barry

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    Interesting. Is there a reason for rectangular?
     
  19. gimmi80

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    I take 4-5 pieces of paper from the recycle and I fold them in a cone creating a paper funnel.
    funnel.jpg
     
  20. 3s-a-charm

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    LOL to the thought of putting distilled water in my windshield washer reservoir (here in Canada) - it would be useless for the next 6-7 months! :)

    I've just "gone for it" when pouring in but always spill so I then use a rag to clean up. Kind of silly that the ONE AND ONLY fluid we need to access is located in such an awkward spot.
     

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