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Old 01-27-2006, 10:27 PM
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Default Windshield Washer Fluid Smell

I have used my windshell washer only a few times since I took delivery on my 2005 Bettle TDI. Each time I use the windshield washer, my wife and I smell the washer fluid. The VW dealer told me this was normal. I do not think you are suppose to smell the washer fluid in the car when you use the windshield washer. If you can smell the fluid, there should be moisture coming in the car also. When I wash the car or it rains and I turn on the fan with no heat or AC, just the fan running the windows fog up so bad you have to pull over and turn on the AC and the rear window defroster to clear up the windows. I think someway moisture from the outside is getting into the car. I always keep the inside air recirculating, and all the dampers should be closed. I also get outside odors in the car when driving around. Anyone have this problem with the wiper fluid smell? The VW Dealer has checked my car twice and says nothing is wrong.
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Old 01-27-2006, 11:28 PM
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If recirc is on, you shouldn't get outside air coming in (or if any, not much).

With the recirc off, it pulls outside air into the car - the intake is below the wiper tray, and can get humid air inside by that channel.

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Old 01-28-2006, 12:48 AM
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When we got out '03 Turbo S, the washer fluid smell was really strong too. I used it all up, and used some stuff from the auto parts store, and the smell went away.

I personally don't ever use recirc. I like fresh air.

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Old 01-28-2006, 08:11 AM
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German washer fluid really stinks. Not like the US stuff. But yes being able to smell it is normal.
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Old 01-28-2006, 09:37 PM
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OOOOOOOOOOH! I remember when I got Zoomer and I could smell the fluid. Great stuff really. Smelled like bubbles. Oh how I wish I could get more.

Zoomer also fogs up pretty bad if it is snowy/rainy or just plain wet outside. Not sure why. Even with the vents closed etc. 0_o ... I think I am a humid person. LOL! The AC does work. Use the AC with defrost on at the first hint of fogging. Also, try using "Rain-X Anti-Fog" on the inside of your windows. Works great for a while!
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