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Old 01-16-2006, 02:48 AM   #1
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Question Odd-looking washer fluid

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I'm new here; just got a '99 SL2 a couple months ago and recently took it into the Saturn shop for some body work after getting into an accident; so I was looking under the hood to see if I had enough windsheild washer fluid, and lo and behold, it's....purple....a light purple-ish. Now, I don't know much about cars, but I know enough to know that the fluid is supposed to be blue. I asked my dad (who used to be a car guy when he was younger--used to race hotrods and stuff with his brother), and he said that's not washer fluid in there, but he doesn't know what it is. Thoughts on this? I was thinking of emptying it, but I don't know how I would go about draining it....Thanks!

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Old 01-16-2006, 03:12 AM   #2
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I make my own - I use a 1 gallon jug. 80% water, 15% household window washer fluid, 5% isopropyl alcohol. I figured it costs me about 20 cents a gallon.

Oh yeah, to answer your question. Yes, you can buy window washer fluid in just about any color. You can even get it clear if you want.

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Old 01-16-2006, 03:20 AM   #3
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...I know enough to know that the fluid is supposed to be blue.
Not necessarily. The "classic" washer fluid is blue, but there's a lot of newer products that are other colors. I use Prestone de-icer (lower freezing point), which is a yellow color. I can't say for sure if I've seen a purple one, but I may have. Someone on here may be able to tell you what it might be.

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Old 01-16-2006, 03:31 AM   #4
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well if all else/....just use all the fluid to empty it. Hold the lever back for a long time...

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Old 01-16-2006, 07:00 AM   #5
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It probably is washer fluid and it's nothing to worry about. I've seen a brand here that is purple. It supposedly has de-icer in it. Prestone washer fluid is green, so while blue is the most common color, it's certainly not the only one.

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Old 01-16-2006, 03:11 PM   #6
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Mine's orange-it's some type of de-icer. If you care what kind yours is, just look at the different fluids next time your in an auto-parts store-you'll probably see one just like yours.

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Old 01-16-2006, 03:17 PM   #7
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It's washer fluid! Who cares?!
1. Does it wash your windows well?
2. Does it stay liquid at freezing temps? Maybe use an antifreeze tester?

That's all i'd be cared about. I have a mix of blue and orange washer fluids in my tank right now... guess what color that makes? purple!

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Old 01-16-2006, 08:51 PM   #8
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I think RainX washer fluid is purple. You're looking at the bottle closest to the front of the car right? Not to sound stupid but that's the washer fluid and the rear one closest to the windshield is the radiator fill. Don

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Old 01-16-2006, 08:54 PM   #9
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I think RainX washer fluid is purple. You're looking at the bottle closest to the front of the car right? Not to sound stupid but that's the washer fluid and the rear one closest to the windshield is the radiator fill. Don
Yeah he's right. there's a type of rain-x that's purple. really high-dollar quality stuff.. don't drain it. The kind of rain ex ive got is pink. So it comes in all colors.. so you can relax... its ok

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Old 01-16-2006, 08:56 PM   #10
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its winter washer fluid...just filled mine up with purple

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Old 01-17-2006, 12:29 AM   #11
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It's washer fluid! Who cares?!
1. Does it wash your windows well?
2. Does it stay liquid at freezing temps? Maybe use an antifreeze tester?

That's all i'd be cared about. I have a mix of blue and orange washer fluids in my tank right now... guess what color that makes? purple!
sorry lol I wasn't entirely sure what it was--just knew that it was in the washer fluid container Thanks for the tips, everyone!

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Old 01-17-2006, 12:35 AM   #12
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if you're from Canada, Canadian Tire sells the Motomastor Teflon stuff.....also purple. I think you're pretty much safe. Not much can go wrong with your washer fluid.


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Just noticed you're from Milwaukee, WI, guess that rules out the Canadian Tire washer fluid hehe

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Old 01-17-2006, 12:52 AM   #13
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What does it taste like? Maybe its grape juice...


(i'm kidding. dont taste it)

I'm sure its normal, i cant think if anything damaging that is purple in color

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Old 01-17-2006, 01:40 AM   #14
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What does it taste like? Maybe its grape juice...


(i'm kidding. dont taste it)

Tastes like chicken! lol. My dad did sniff it (car guys....go figure ), and he said it didn't smell weird or anything...oh well whatever lol.

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Old 01-17-2006, 12:48 PM   #15
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I think RainX washer fluid is purple. You're looking at the bottle closest to the front of the car right? Not to sound stupid but that's the washer fluid and the rear one closest to the windshield is the radiator fill. Don
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There's a brand of high-concentrate washer fluid called "Purple Power". Very popular on the east side of Madison.....

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Standard washer fluid is blue.
Rain-x washer fluid is orange
Mr. Clean washer fluid is green
winter washer fluid is purple

I stock this crap everyday at work

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Rain-X also makes a yellow, or pink (winter). In fact it seems the only colors we haven't listed are, red, brown and black. So washer fluid comes in all kinds of colors.

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Standard washer fluid is blue.
Rain-x washer fluid is orange
Mr. Clean washer fluid is green
winter washer fluid is purple

I stock this crap everyday at work
Thanks! So now when it runs out, will I be fine just putting the blue stuff back in or do you recommend using the winter stuff for the remainder of the winter season?

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Thanks! So now when it runs out, will I be fine just putting the blue stuff back in or do you recommend using the winter stuff for the remainder of the winter season?
Well, if you have a tendency to get a slight layer of frost/ice on your windshield, the rain-x will usually melt it off, and it won't freeze or gel when it gets really cold (it's good to like -45F). If it gets down to like 20 below, the blue stuff might gel, but it won't expand or brake anything (unless of course you put a bunch of water in it). It depends on what you care about; if you don't have frost or if you prefer to use a scraper, and never use your windshield washer-get the cheapest stuff (but don't expect it to work when it's much below zero). If you want it to do anything toward melt ice (only a very thin layer) you should get the rain-x (or other similar product) winter fluid. Around here, rain-x is like $2.50 and regular blue stuff is usually $99 (although it can usually be found on sale for less).
I would use the rain-x because for $1.50 extra, you never know when you might need it. No point in using rain-x during the summer though (not that it would hurt if you didn't drain it out and change it).
Again, there really isn't much difference in results or price so it's up to you.

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