Have you ever needed to clean your windshield while driving but did not have enough windshield washer fluid in the car? The constant dirt and scraping of windshield wipers on dirty glass can wreak havoc on your windshield. This is because the dirt can scratch the glass. A simple way to avoid a windshield repair is to regularly fill up on washer fluid.
How Washer Fluid Affects Windshields
Washer fluid affects windshields in two significant ways:
- Keeps the windshield in good condition: Making sure there is enough washer fluid in the tank is important for keeping your windshield clean. Besides, a clean windshield is less prone to damage than a dirty one. Of course, keeping a windshield clean will not prevent road debris from striking your glass and leaving a crack behind. However, a clean windshield will allow you to notice the condition of your windshield. Therefore, if there are any scratches, chips, or cracks, you would not mistake them for dirt, and you would be able to get them repaired on time before any worse damage, like the windshield shattering, occurs.
- Maintains the condition of windshield wipers: Windshield wipers are often neglected until car owners drive in rainy weather and the wipers suddenly screech and scratch against the glass surface. Having a dirty windshield can result in dirty wipers, and dirty wipers can lead the rubber of the wipers to crack and wear off. If you use the wipers at that point, they will scrape the windshield and cause damage. This damage forces you to take your car to a windshield repair. Though, when you keep enough washer fluid in the tank and use it when necessary, your windshield remains clean, your wipers remain clean, and you save yourself from additional costs.
How to Fill Up on Windshield Washer Fluid
- The first step you need to take is purchase windshield washer fluid. You can find washer fluid in almost any retail store, like Wal-Mart, Publix, and Target. Look for a bottle that contains blue water in the auto aisle, and you should find it without a problem.
- Next, lift the hood of your car and find the washer fluid tank. Many times, the tank has a blue cap, and the cap itself either has an image of a windshield and wipers or a text that says something like “Washer Fluid Only.”
- Once you find the tank, lift off the cap and pour the windshield washer fluid in. Do not be afraid to pour the fluid all the way to the top of the tank, so long as you do not make the fluid spill over.
- Finally, put the cap back on and make sure that it is secure.
It is a good idea to check on the washer fluid every month, adding more to the tank when you find that the blue water has decreased.
Avoiding a windshield repair has never been easier. By regularly refilling and using your washer fluid, you will protect your auto glass.