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  • What screenwash?
  • Premier Icon kayak23
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    True enough, but then the engine heat gets the washer moving pretty quick. Point taken mind.

    Premier Icon happybiker
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    A 1/4 Isopropanol Alcohol mixed with water and a dash of fairy liquid for lubrication works pretty well, leave out the IPA in summer.

    Premier Icon thisisnotaspoon
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    True enough, but then the engine heat gets the washer moving pretty quick. Point taken mind.

    Nope, still freezes. Made the mistake a few times of not having the full strength screenwash in winter and driving up the motorway it would freeze in the jets.

    Premier Icon trail_rat
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    Nope, still freezes. Made the mistake a few times of not having the full strength screenwash in winter and driving up the motorway it would freeze in the jets.

    its a ford thing that – they put the washer bottle in rediculous places – it would freeze while driving , I used to think it was the jets too ….

    since i stopped driving fords it stopped being an issue.

    Premier Icon GrahamS
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    Umm… don’t Fords have heated jets? I know my old Focus did (not actually checked on the new C-Max)

    Premier Icon tomd
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    Screwfix sell that Prestone stuff and their on 5l bottles of “No Nonsense” concentrated screenwash which seems to ve very good.

    Premier Icon trail_rat
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    don’t Fords have heated jets?

    can heat the jets till the cows come home.

    the pumps in the washer bottle – which on all my old fords was located down between the wheel well and front bumper and frozen solid with anything less than 100% concentrate screenwash

    Premier Icon GlennQuagmire
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    When my car was serviced last they must have put a complete bottle of screenwash in. The result was a foaming mess. It was like driving Kujo.

    Premier Icon maccruiskeen
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    Any fantastically effective product or way to get the inside clean?

    I’ve tried all sorts of cleaning products and methods and none seem particularly good.

    Elbow grease and paper. The trouble with ‘products’ in some of it always gets left on the screen and evaporates and its the residue of that and any gunk dissolved in it that shows up as smears

    Use some sort of cleaner if you have real filth to remove but in any event you need to finish off by polishing the glass clean with dry paper (blue roll is ok – newspaper is best) not wiping cleaner around it with a cloth.

    Best way to do it is work in lighting conditions that would be the worst for driving in – low sun in winter – or with bright lights ahead in the dark. So that might not be on your front drive. You need to see what you’re cleaning – or rather what you’re leaving behind so you need to the lighting conditions to flair on any marks left behind. So I usually clean my windscreen facing the floodlights in supermarket carparks in the evening or in a layby when on trips and the sun is low.

    Then….. don’t touch it. Don’t stick pay and display tickets on it, don’t wipe it with your sleeve when its fogged up in the morning. Don’t touch the inside of the screen at all until its time to clean it again. Your windscreen can actually get quite grimy again but it won’t be apparent if that grime is even – as soon as you smudge it around its a problem again.

    Depending on the age/milage of the car sometime the screen can just be shot – 1000s of miles of being pecked by flying grit can mean you’ve got loads of tiny little chips that will catch the light and glare no matter how clean everything is.

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    I just put a squirt of Fairy liquid in my bottle.

    Many years ago, I thought “I’m not paying for expensive car shampoo, I’ll just use Fairy liquid.” It took the gloss finish off the paint, turned it a matt red.

    Premier Icon kayak23
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    For hands that do Daewoos?

    Premier Icon slowoldman
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    I just put a squirt of Fairy liquid in my bottle.

    +1. In 40odd years it’s never taken the paint off.

    Premier Icon DickBarton
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    Was it a vauxhall that went Matt?

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    I’m not sure if there’s a joke there that I’m missing, but it was a mk3 Ford Escort.

    Premier Icon belfastflyer
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    B&M sell RAC label stuff and it’s the best I’ve ever used. Only £3 a bottle

    Premier Icon georgesdad
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    The stuff from Halfords that looks like Predator blood. Doesn’t freeze and cleans the screen brilliantly. Use it in my VW Caddy, because it’s shit. Takes about an hour to get any heat from the engine and a good fifteen minutes to demist on a damp morning. But the neon green screenwash is excellent.

    Premier Icon DickBarton
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    No joke but red vauxhalls up until a few years back all faded over time…so the matt finish might not have been caused by the screenwash.

    Premier Icon ElShalimo
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    It’s that time of year…. anyone seen any good deals on winter screenwash?

    Premier Icon rockthreegozy
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    Eurocarparts have Prestone 5l – 18 for £8.49, perhaps less with the constant discount codes..

    Premier Icon somafunk
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    Was just about to post the same as above ^,

    Premier Icon ElShalimo
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    thanks

    Premier Icon reluctantjumper
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    Just reserved a bottle of that, timely reminder as I’m running low! Their current offer is on brakes and suspension so it doesn’t work on screenwash. Still a bargain though!

    Premier Icon Nobeerinthefridge
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    -10 stuff is only a fiver, not often we get that temp up here.

    Premier Icon rockthreegozy
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    Cheaper on carparts4less, apologies!!

    Premier Icon oldtennisshoes
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    Tesco is usually good for Prestone stuff around here

    Premier Icon ElShalimo
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    @rockthreegozy – thanks

    Premier Icon CountZero
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    its a ford thing that – they put the washer bottle in rediculous places – it would freeze while driving , I used to think it was the jets too ….

    It’s set down inside the offside of the front bumper, rather odd shape with a very long neck – as it happens we have a couple of Fords sans front bumper at work, so you can see exactly where it is. Sadly, Fords don’t match my old Octavia for washer capacity, that took an entire 5 litre container of washer fluid!
    Now I’ve got a Ford, at least I won’t have to spend ten minutes at 6am scraping the ice off my screen, which will be a blessing, and it seems to heat up much quicker than the Octy did, too.
    Here’s the Puma we have with its front taken off, you can see where the washer bottle is quite clearly on the offside in front of the wheel…

    Premier Icon ElShalimo
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    Ford quickclear windscreens are one of those things in life where you don’t see the value until you have to use it.

    Premier Icon timber
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    Bluecol 3in1 as it has a Rain-X type thing in it and can be found quite concentrated for cold conditions or just watering down lots.

    Premier Icon squirrelking
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    Ford quickclear windscreens are one of those things in life where you don’t see the value until you have to use it.

    And you don’t think about until bits start failing. Still bloody brilliant though.

    Premier Icon trail_rat
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    ten minutes at 6am scraping the ice off my screen,

    Just 6 minutes doing all the side windows

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