Just get some Silicone rubber blades and you will not change them for 10+ years and they work great. I have a spare one from my Geo that I bought in 1994 that is on my xB now and I bought a second new one because they are longer than the passenger side Geo spare blade.
Usually a little dish washing liquid added to the washer fluid really helps cut the oil film on the glass. The blue stuff leaves stains on my white paint all the time but is there to prevent someone from drinking it. Will have to check into this Rain-X fluid at wm.
I have always used Simple Green diluted to around 5 % added to the washer bottle.
Cheap , effective and biodegradable and no horrible smell when you operate the washers at highway speeds and the smell comes in through the cabin inlet vent at the base of the windscreen.
Winter temps here are relatively mild (rarely below freezing even in the coldest part of the season) so freezing is not a problem but high temp evaporation can be.
Simple Green stay mixed as well. I have used dishwasher detergent but it seems to sink to the bottom of the container over time.
When I was in charge of the ambulance fleet at the rescue squad I was intent on getting the most out of my budget. I only bought washer fluid in the winter. Spring, summer, and fall the trucks were filled with water with a squirt of dishwashing detergent. Saved a lot of money because we went through a few gallons a week. At the end of the year I had money leftover to buy nice stuff for the trucks.
I remember in my younger days an experience with windshield washer fluid. My dad, trying to save a buck or two, used water. Unfortunately, the majority of the reservoir was filled with water. That coupled with Michigan winters spells big trouble.
In the summer water alone should suffice, but when old man winter comes blowing around the corner, whether it is $2 or $5, put the RIGHT stuff in!
Yeah I run water in the summer too but run it down and add the blue coolaid because freeze cracking the fluid container in the car is a big problem to replace - the xB has it build into the front fender in front and to the right of the radiator.
Anyone have a recipe for the blue stuff minus the blue coloring? I too have seen it $3-4 a gallon and I KNOW it is not worth NEARLY that. I try to buy the yellow stuff on clearance when I can, but I'd love to know what to get.
I CAN find the power washing fluid for about $1-5 a gallon - it's supposed to make 25 gallons but I don't know if that would work for washer fluid, or its effects on car paint, although I suspect it's the same stuff concentrated.
My guess - 1 gallon of power washing fluid plus 1 gallon of rubbing alcohol plus 25 gallons of water? Totally a GUESS - but can anyone confirm? The real recipe would be invaluable.
Looking to trade for an early 1988 Honda CRX HF (Pillar mounted seat belts)