How to put screen wash in your car


Posted by Holly West-Robinson on 12 October 2016

Opening up your bonnet and seeing your cars insides can be a bit overwhelming when you're unsure what you're looking for! So we've put together some simple instructions as part of our #MiniMechanics series on where to find your screen washer bottle and how fill it up!

Firstly make sure you have an appropriate screenwash and don't try and substitute it for something like washing up liquid as this contains salt and can damage your car! You can pick up a bottle of screen wash from most garages, motor retailers and even supermarkets from around £5.

(Note that in winter you should be filling up with anti-freeze screen wash to prevent the windscreen from freezing over.)

Close up of screenwash reservoir

  • Open and pin up the car bonnet and locate the screenwash bottle. The cap will have a symbol with a windscreen and water droplets across it. If in doubt then refer to the car owner's manual.
  • Take off the cap and make note of the little maximum line which should be visible on the neck of the bottle just under the cap.
  • Fill the chamber up to this line with the screen wash. Then secure the cap and you're done!

Putting screenwash in your car is a quick and simple task that should be done on a regular basis. Not only does it stop the windscreen wipers from smearing, it also prevents the windscreen itself from freezing over during the winter months and ensures good visibility from your front and rear window. It is important to make sure you look after your car during winter as well as all year round. Keep your screenwash topped up as neglecting it or filling it with the wrong substance can be dangerous and cause damage to the vehicles paintwork.

It's also worth knowing if you ever run out of screen wash and are unable to get your hands on any at the time, you can top it up with some distilled water! Some people say it's always better to use a mixture of water and screenwash as opposed to pouring it in "neat" but either way it's a handy emergency solution for if your squirters have gone bone dry without you realising ☺

About the Author

Holly West-Robinson
Holly West-Robinson

Hi I'm Holly and I'm a young driver based in Peterborough! I love tattoos, food, drawing and anything art related, enjoy hanging out with friends and family and making a fool of myself XD I'm a huge lover of music and also a part time DJ in the underground drum and bass scene. I passed my driving test first time when I was 17 years old have been loving life and my new found freedom ever since! I'm definitely one of the adventurous types who's always up for a good old road trip!