Understanding the Different Types of Windshield Wiper Fluid for Your Car


As one of the easiest do-it-yourself maintenance items on your car, adding windshield wiper fluid is a fairly mundane task. However, there’s more to the process than you may realize, given the different types of windshield wiper fluid that are available. As you work to keep your car in good working order, then, here is all you need to know about the types of windshield wiper fluid at Indys Auto in Indianapolis.

Summer Formula
Windshield wiper fluid that is specifically designed to be used in the summer helps overcome many common summer driving hazards. This fluid is formulated with special detergents that are more effective at removing bug guts, bird poop, and all of the other summer love that nature sends your way. It’s important, however, that you don’t use this fluid as the temperature begins to drop, as it has a fairly high freezing point, meaning that fluid left in your vehicle will freeze, which could cause damage to the fluid lines and pump.

Winter Formula
Specially formulated winter wiper fluid has among its ingredients methanol or another alcohol-based ingredient to prevent the fluid from freezing at low temperatures. This helps protect your wiper fluid system, even on the coldest of days. Additionally, this formulation is quite effective at melting ice and snow that have accumulated on your windshield, meaning you can clear your view more quickly when you’re in a hurry.

All-Season Formula
An all-season windshield wiper fluid contains elements of both winter and summer formulations. There are specialized detergents to help remove tough dirt, and there are ingredients to help prevent the fluid from freezing. For most climates at most times, an all-season formula is sufficient. However, all-season formulas do tend to have a higher freezing point than those specifically formulated for winter. While not as high as summer formulas, if you live in an especially cold climate, you will want to use caution when using an all-season formula from Indys Auto in Indianapolis.