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Okay, it's a little thing, but I LOVE the washer fluid that came with my car. It's so much better than the omnipresent US blue stuff.

Is that washer fluid available anywhere?
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You could go to Germany every time you need a refill. :D

General consensus seems to be that it's not available anywhere. And it has to be blue in the US so some doofus doesn't think it's water and drink it.

I believe Kaz has his own home brew recipe for making your own clear washer fluid.
Don't forget the Orange stuff - has rain-x in it.
I think that it's been said or maybe even proven that the only difference is the color. basically, windshield wash fluid is water, alcohol and an antifreeze of some sort.
31st330i said:
I think that it's been said or maybe even proven that the only difference is the color.
Naah, it smells different.
:dunno:

Oh well. Blue juice it is, then.
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The blue washer fluid you can buy at your local BMW Center smells the same as the factory clear washer fluid (at least to me). They are both high in alcohol content. I believe I have found the p/n for the clear washer fluid on the ETK, but my dealer will not order it. They would have to order a large supply of it in order to place an order with BMW NA.
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alee said:

General consensus seems to be that it's not available anywhere. And it has to be blue in the US so some doofus doesn't think it's water and drink it.

I believe Kaz has his own home brew recipe for making your own clear washer fluid.
Well, its a recipe I found online, but it was basically a mix of water and ammonia (that's what the stock stuff smells like to me) and a bit of alcohol to drop the freeze point and surface tension a bit.
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JT - '02 330i said:
I've had good luck with the RainX line of washer fluid.

http://www.rainx.com/frame_auto_washfluid.htm
Doesn't Rain-X eat up your wiper blades?
JT - '02 330i said:
I've had good luck with the RainX line of washer fluid.

http://www.rainx.com/frame_auto_washfluid.htm
Hey, I checked out that link. Didn't know they made all those types. I may try the bug remover one - would be good for trips to Maine in the Spring. After all, the Maine State bird is a Mosquito.
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geomax said:
Hey, I checked out that link. Didn't know they made all those types. I may try the bug remover one - would be good for trips to Maine in the Spring. After all, the Maine State bird is a Mosquito.
I personally love the P21S windshield wash boost. Awesome stuff. You basically add a shot of it to your washer reservoir and it does a great job.
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alee said:

I personally love the P21S windshield wash boost. Awesome stuff. You basically add a shot of it to your washer reservoir and it does a great job.
Hmm..so do you fill mostly with regular fluid, then add the P21S, or do you mix it with water? Where can I get some?
geomax said:
Hmm..so do you fill mostly with regular fluid, then add the P21S, or do you mix it with water? Where can I get some?
I just fill up my reservoir, and then throw in a shot of the P21S. I think carcareonline.com sells it.

P21S makes great stuff.
alee said:

I just fill up my reservoir, and then throw in a shot of the P21S. I think carcareonline.com sells it.

P21S makes great stuff.
Yup, they have it - thanks!
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RAINX Fluid

Yep, the RainX fluid with P21S washer booster is what I use, or at least I will once I run out of the clear fluid that came with my car. :lmao:

--gary
Are any of these concoctions damaging to the paint on my hood, from the headlight washer overspray?
I think even the clear OEM stuff will strip of the wax, no? I don't think it will hurt the paint or clear coat, though.
I use Griots...smells like citrus, works well.
^bump

Does anyone out there know where to buy the clear stuff that comes in your car?
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tboogie said:
^bump

Does anyone out there know where to buy the clear stuff that comes in your car?
Did you read the thread before bumping it?

It's not available in the US.
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