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What should I top up the screen washer reservoir with on the kia?

I have been told to only use water otherwise the pump filter will get blocked.

But the hand book says washer fluid?

Any recommendations?
 

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Thanks Paul
Will run it dry and stick with one type of fluid.

But what will happen when I take it into kia for its service?

Will they top it up and with what?
 

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Forum Newbee here hope you don't mind me butting in. Being an Italian(scorethrough) errr... Scotsman I use a mixture of 1/2 screenwash 1/4 water then 1/4 methylated spirit. Methylated spirit is 1. Cheap 2. Acts like vinegar and 3. Stops from freezing works great for me and has done for the last ** years of driving. Obviously you will need to try out what concentration of Meth spirit suits your own vehicle. Hope this helps.
 

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when my wifes Sportage get low on sreen wash, the fluid that comes out is like jelly

Keep intending to remove the washer bottle and clean it out (when I find the time)
 

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I buy the cheapest screenwash concentrate for 75p a litre from Wilkinson and top it up with deionised water from work. I have to top up every week so it's never hanging around in the tank for long.








Screenwash is usually methanol or propan-2-ol (isopropyl alcohol) with a bit of blue dye added. These are dirt cheap materials and can be bought from fleecebay etc.



Methalated spirits is usually a mix of methanol and ethanol, so should be ok. I use deionised water so it is free of all the crap that comes out of the tap where I live.
 

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only water will freeze in this water we're having right now, lol


my mixture is2 parts boiled water cooled down (which is more or less like deionised water) and1 part concentrate washer fluid of your choice (i got a big bottle from Halfords which is green instead of blue
), and 1 part of RainX washer additive.



At least Kia's are not fussy about what fluids they use. My old Ibiza used to be a fine art of getting the most out of the fan type sprayers and not freezing up and popping out the washer pipes!
 

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tkjeeves said:
only water will freeze in this water we're having right now, lol


my mixture is2 parts boiled water cooled down (which is more or less like deionised water) and1 part concentrate washer fluid of your choice (i got a big bottle from Halfords which is green instead of blue
), and 1 part of RainX washer additive.



At least Kia's are not fussy about what fluids they use. My old Ibiza used to be a fine art of getting the most out of the fan type sprayers and not freezing up and popping out the washer pipes!





Boiling water will remove some of the carbonates, but will not affect the sulphate concentration much. This is what the bugs like to feed on when oxygen is limited (eg in a sealed washer bottle). It's the bugs that make the gel like crap.However, if your alcohol concentration is high enough it should kill the bugs off.
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