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windshield wiper fluid smells

Noodles

Member
Jul 22, 2020
292
184
Torrance, California
YOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! OMG

I thought my nose hair were about to burn off.
Does anyone else's windshield wiper fluid smell like hard whiskey?

I got one STINKY fluid. I have the windows down and I can smell it from the inside

*after service center refilled the fluid
 

PianoAl

Member
Dec 15, 2019
800
491
Far Northern California
Here's my wiper fluid smell story:

In my Acura Integra, I sometimes had a terrible smell in the car. It seemed totally random. It smelled a little like dog poop, but it was hard to identify.

I finally realized that the smell happened after I cleaned the windshield with the wipers/wiper fluid.

Long story short: I'd used a one-gallon milk container to mix the wiper fluid, and apparently the sour-milk smell remained, even for months.
 

mattnis

Member
Apr 2, 2020
63
53
Chicago
Yes, I felt the fluid that originally came with the tesla was the most horrible, the most atrocious bad smelling blue-inked water ever made. I tried to use it up as much as possible, but there is so little fluid used at each press, that it took a long time. I hope the $1 they saved on the windshield washer fluid was worth it.
 

RogerO3

Member
Oct 29, 2020
17
6
Berkley, Michigan
Not uncommon. Especially in barrels that have been sitting out for a while in a service center. The water evaporates and leaves a higher concentration of ethanol or methanol which would be the reason you’re smelling a whiskey smell. I don’t know Tesla’s specifically but a lot of times the fluid reservoir is near the vents that draw in air to the cabin and it’s pretty much just pumping this smell directly into your face.
 

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