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09-07-2012 03:07 PM
TboneZX3
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Originally Posted by BaconZombie View Post
I completely understand. What I was trying to say is that as the droplets sat on your car, they collected dirt, which was deposited on your car after they evaporated.
+1. This is what I would guess from the pictures.
09-07-2012 02:54 PM
BaconZombie I completely understand. What I was trying to say is that as the droplets sat on your car, they collected dirt, which was deposited on your car after they evaporated.
09-07-2012 12:26 PM
dnprall
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Originally Posted by BetaDnB View Post
What was said is the rain drops were already filled with dirt when they hit your car.
They aren't rain drops. It wasn't even raining. Not trying to start an argument just making sure that people understand the situation of how I noticed things.

I think we are beating a dead horse. I really appreciate everyone's thoughts. If I find anything interesting, I'll update the thread.
09-07-2012 12:24 PM
BetaDnB What was said is the rain drops were already filled with dirt when they hit your car. Even if it's not dusty near the ground (which it always is) you have to realize all the impurities in the air and the distance the rain drop travel to reach the ground. You'd be wasting your money on a siphon. That won't get rid of anything that may be in the lines. Just pump it all out the nozzles then fill with distilled water (no impurities) and flush it all through the system again.
09-07-2012 12:10 PM
dnprall The thing is that there is no way that my car was that dirty to collect the drops and then leave it behind on my car. I had just washed the car and it wasn't dusty.

I'm not going to take the fender off but I'm going to go get a shaker siphon. Plus, it gives me an excuse to get to Menards and see if there are any other tools I can't live without.
09-07-2012 12:06 PM
BaconZombie I'd have to go with a previous idea that it's most likely dirt that's being collected in the water droplets and being left behind when it dries. Even right near the nozzles, you still get some drops there from when the spray starts and stops. I've worked on cars myself for over 20 years, professionally for almost 10, and I've never seen stuff collect that bad in a washer reservoir unless someone put it there. So either it's just dirt/dust collecting on the droplets, or someone doesn't like you.
09-07-2012 11:58 AM
mac.mogul If I were you I'd just put some basic washer fluid in, run it through the washers until it came out clean and then fill it up with some better fluid.

This talk of siphoning and cleaning and getting behind the bumper seems like waaaaay too much work for a windshield washer.
09-07-2012 11:54 AM
Timthom62 Flushing with warm water would be my choice, as that should dissolve most of the things that could be expected to be in the washer system.
09-07-2012 11:50 AM
dnprall Ahh. That makes sense. I was thinking that since some fluids contain alcohols, solvents, or detergents, that having those present would help.

I like your idea better. I can just use the hose to fill it up a bunch of times.
09-07-2012 11:46 AM
TboneZX3
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I was going to do washer fluid for flushes only because if it's stuff that is normally in washer fluid and just concentrated out, that it would redissolve again.
I'm not sure exactly what you mean here, but anything in washer fluid will "redissolve" in water. Washer fluid is water based. You would be wasting money flushing with washer fluid.
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