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I know this is a silly thread but I genuinely need help with how to do the screenwash on my car - I've got some Halfords screen wash and it says to fill it with 1 part screenwash and 8 parts water - what do I mix it up in? And how do I measure the parts - please help me! :confused:
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an old coke bottle will do.
Rinse out with water and add the screenwash and water to the bottle by eye.
Give it a shake, top up the resevoir and forget it for a while.
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Its up to you what you mix it up in. If you've got an old jug or something that would be easier cos then you can measure it on that! Again, its up to you how you measure the parts, it just means 1 of screenwash and 8 of water. So that could be 1 teaspoon of screenwash and 8 teaspoons of water, or one bucket of screenwash to 8 buckets of water! You shouldn't need much though, so just make a jug full or so up of it (prob won't even need that much!)

Edit: Just beaten to it! Yeah - old coke bottle is a good idea. It doesn't need to be exact, so doing it by eye is fine!
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Thankyou very much gonna go rooting for an old plastic bottle now lol
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Just pour the screenwash in the bottle, and top up with water.
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Just pour the screenwash in the bottle, and top up with water.
No. It should be mixed outside the car. The first time you use it there will be neat screen wash come out.
The same applies to coolant. It should be mixed to the required concentration and then added to the system.
As a rover enthusiast you aught to advocate such good practices more than most! I'm suprised at you.
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It won't kill you if you get the parts wrong by a lot, so don't worry Just make sure you put it into the screenwasher container and not the anti-freeze for the cooling system! Keep the concentrate away from surfaces, especially painted and polished, it will ruin them. Wouldn't even worry about shaking, it mixes well and shaking will just cause foam which can be really annoying when you're pouring it in. If you need a funnel, use a second coke bottle chopped in half That stuff sounds very concentrated, lower quality stuff will require 1:1 in the winter. You should be ok to use a winter/summer mix now.

I think I have exhausted my screenwash topping up knowledge
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(Original post by JC.)
No. It should be mixed outside the car. The first time you use it there will be neat screen wash come out.
The same applies to coolant. It should be mixed to the required concentration and then added to the system.
As a rover enthusiast you aught to advocate such good practices more than most! I'm suprised at you.
Also, topping up with neat screenwash is a bit dodgy, if you spill anyway you are not doing your car much good.
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Just guess! - I've known people to use all sorts, Vingear, Lemon Juice, anything that will get grime off the window.
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(Original post by JC.)
No. It should be mixed outside the car. The first time you use it there will be neat screen wash come out.
The same applies to coolant. It should be mixed to the required concentration and then added to the system.
As a rover enthusiast you aught to advocate such good practices more than most! I'm suprised at you.
It is screenwash your not making a bomb, it doesnt exactly need to be precise.
I personally can't see how methanol, alchohol and water are dangerous to your vehicle.

The waterpump does a good enough job with mixing antifreeze. I don't know any competant mechanics who do pre-mix.
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doesn't have to be exact, just chuck it in roughly lol, i stir it once its in the bottle with my finger lol. i just top it up roughly the amounts required.
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Cant afford screenwash
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how can you afford a car then? :p:
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Hes only got half a car. The rest disolved!
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It is screenwash your not making a bomb, it doesnt exactly need to be precise.
I personally can't see how methanol, alchohol and water are dangerous to your vehicle.

The waterpump does a good enough job with mixing antifreeze. I don't know any competant mechanics who do pre-mix.
Ethanol and gylcols + paint do not go well together, pour some onto your body work and you risk damaging it, pour some in your engine bay and you risk removing some corrosion prevention from surfaces.
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It didnt disolve - or did it?? Look what you have done to me JC
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(Original post by pghstochaj)
Ethanol and gylcols + paint do not go well together, pour some onto your body work and you risk damaging it, pour some in your engine bay and you risk removing some corrosion prevention from surfaces.
There is no glycol in screen wash, (you may be getting confused with antifreeze there). I have never heard of anyone damaging automotive paint using alcohol, have you got some scientific facts to back up your claim?

Have you ever heard of diffusion? Besides which as soon as you go round a corner the screenwash will be sloshed about anyhow.
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It didnt disolve - or did it?? Look what you have done to me JC
OK I lied... it didnt disolve.... The tin worms started eating it!
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Water will do just fine for me!! In winter, by the time I want to use it the engine bay will be warm enough to defrost and cold bits.
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