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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 09-29-2012, 01:51 AM
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How to check windshield fluid level?

Hi Guys, I am looking to check the fluid level on the windscreen fluid on E60. If I have a missed a post, please direct me.

Also, what windscreen fluid does BMW uses?

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Old 09-29-2012, 04:44 AM
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You have a low fluid sensor and warning on the dash/iDrive. Other than that, I use a flashlight to shine at the side of the tank and look for the water line.
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Old 09-29-2012, 05:14 AM
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You have a low fluid sensor and warning on the dash/iDrive. Other than that, I use a flashlight to shine at the side of the tank and look for the water line.
Thanks for confirming there is a physical way to check. Do you know what BMW windshield fluid is used by BMW or equivalent?
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Old 09-29-2012, 05:37 AM
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Use fluid from anywhere as long as it meets your temperature specs. It usually comes in +32 , or +20F versions in the US. Lower than that is available if you live in a colder climate.

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Old 09-30-2012, 02:20 AM
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Thanks for all the inputs so far, has anyone used the pink Castrol fluid on there BMW and does it has any negatives?
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Old 09-30-2012, 03:58 AM
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Use anything other than BMW washer fluid at your own peril! BMW fluid has special additives that protect the pump and nozzles and prolong your windshield life. Use of aftermarket fluid will void your warranty! It's only a few dollars more, why take the chance? Nothing but the best for my baby!
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Use anything other than BMW washer fluid at your own peril! BMW fluid has special additives that protect the pump and nozzles and prolong your windshield life. Use of aftermarket fluid will void your warranty! It's only a few dollars more, why take the chance? Nothing but the best for my baby!
todd92, are you aware of these special additives that protect the pump and nozzle or is that what you believe due to BMW's advertisement via there service centre's???

If not, then I would prefer to know if anyone has used Castrol fluid or know of any negatives.

P.S. BMW does not make the windscreen fluid themselves, they are just making a buck by passing it to people by saying it is there own.
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I use RainX -45C year round. Its yellowish and cleans the windshield so the rain beads up and doesn't freeze. Never heard of any warranty problems using normal fluids other than BMW.
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:03 AM
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I use RainX -45C year round. Its yellowish and cleans the windshield so the rain beads up and doesn't freeze. Never heard of any warranty problems using normal fluids other than BMW.
Thanks Gilgorm.

List so far,

1. Rain-X
2. Castrol ???

Any more guys?
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todd92, are you aware of these special additives that protect the pump and nozzle or is that what you believe due to BMW's advertisement via there service centre's???

If not, then I would prefer to know if anyone has used Castrol fluid or know of any negatives.

P.S. BMW does not make the windscreen fluid themselves, they are just making a buck by passing it to people by saying it is there own.
Of course BMW does not manufacture the washer fluid themselves, I don't think anyone inferred that. However, BMW washer fluid is manufactured to stringent BMW specifications, to insure optimum operation in BMW vehicles. It is most assuredly not the same stuff being peddled in the big box stores. We all know BMW isn't Honda or Ford, why treat it like one! Penny wise, pound foolish!
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I just use the BMW concentrate and distilled water. I found that the blue stuff forms nasty crystals on windshield nozzles.
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Hi all, has anyone used anything else apart from the Rain-x or BMW liquid and what is your experience. I am due to fill up and prefer to buy the liquid from anyone else but a $tealer.

-Rain-X
-BMW Blue liquid
-Castrol (anyone ???)
-Any other???

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How to check windshield fluid level?

I buy and use whatever is on the super market shelf. The special fluid stuff is nonsense. Besides, the pump that is supposedly being protected costs $14 new - the rest is rubber hoses.

In the winter I get stuff that will never freeze. In the summer I never use it for the windshield. I disconnect the system from the windshield and fill the tank with 70% methanol/ distilled water mix and inject it into my charge pipe.


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OP.. are you for real??? You started this post back in September and you are still trying to figure out what washer fluid to use?!?!?!?!?!? I hope you are joking. If not, just pick up some premium washer fluid at whatever store. It does not matter. Places usually sell the "cheap" stuff and have 1 or 2 levels above that. Go for one of those and put it to bed. Go to sleep knowing that you used the proper fluid and your bimmer will be OK.

I hope you don't have to buy tires or decide on types of oil. Good luck down there mate!
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OP.. are you for real??? You started this post back in September and you are still trying to figure out what washer fluid to use?!?!?!?!?!? I hope you are joking. If not, just pick up some premium washer fluid at whatever store. It does not matter. Places usually sell the "cheap" stuff and have 1 or 2 levels above that. Go for one of those and put it to bed. Go to sleep knowing that you used the proper fluid and your bimmer will be OK.

I hope you don't have to buy tires or decide on types of oil. Good luck down there mate!
GoRaven, thank you for your contribution mate, but unfortunately that was of no help apart from the fact your choice of rain fluid is just put any $hit into the car. There are other people in the world who might care of find what is best before they go around experimenting with any cheap fluid for vehicles.

I do feel obliged to mention, yes I don't use the fluid often in my weather condition and the fluids from September last year is still going good, but might empty soon. Hope that helps and contribute only if you have a brand suggestion, otherwise feel free to post nothing
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How to check windshield fluid level?

@kskane.... That was a pretty snippy response that was uncalled for.

You do have an unnecessary perspective on something that is supposed to be "best". There are very few things that are truly "special" about our cars and the windshield cleaner is hardly one of them to be concerned about. Worry about something important and let this one go. Your stress level will decrease for sure !


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@kskane.... That was a pretty snippy response that was uncalled for.

You do have an unnecessary perspective on something that is supposed to be "best". There are very few things that are truly "special" about our cars and the windshield cleaner is hardly one of them to be concerned about. Worry about something important and let this one go. Your stress level will decrease for sure !


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@NoQuarter, I am not sure where you get the idea I am stressed. Asking for others opinion on brand is not stressing, it is just finding what is good/better/best out there, no matter how small or big or minor or important the part might be. I think this post is getting off tangent as people keep trying to put arguments on using any cheap liquid (since they have used it and it worked for them) instead of contributing to what was asked.
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