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(Science A Go-Go)   There's a good chance you're spreading Legionnaire's disease with your windshield washer fluid. Here comes the epidemiology   (scienceagogo.com) divider line 20
    More: Interesting, epidemiology, Legionnaire's disease, Windshield washer fluid, American Society for Microbiology, probability  
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2014-05-19 10:16:43 AM  
Don't use your windshield washer and don't pot your plants.
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm4934a1.htm
 
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2014-05-19 12:16:08 PM  
It's really not uncommon.  A lot of those swamp coolers out west have it.
 
2014-05-19 01:27:36 PM  
The washer fluid I use smells like its higher proof than most whiskys, if the disease can grow in that environment then it deserves to take us over.
 
2014-05-19 01:30:23 PM  
I use vodka.
 
2014-05-19 01:30:39 PM  
That's why I fill my windshield washer fluid reservoir with urine.
 
2014-05-19 01:45:28 PM  
I thought everybody sterilized the window washer reservoir before each use.

Guess that's just me.
 
2014-05-19 01:54:20 PM  
Only applies to people who are using water in lieu of actual washer fluid.

the opposite of charity is justice: The washer fluid I use smells like its higher proof than most whiskys


Yep, smells like someone opened a bottle of rubbing alcohol or something.
 
2014-05-19 02:22:15 PM  

the opposite of charity is justice: The washer fluid I use smells like its higher proof than most whiskys, if the disease can grow in that environment then it deserves to take us over.


Yep.  If we drank it we'd possibly get sent to the hospital, but bacteria still live in it.

I for one welcome our new bacterial overlords.
 
2014-05-19 02:27:22 PM  
That reminds me, I need to print a sticker saying "don't fill" so I can replace the crap washer fluid with something better than the stuff at my oil change place.

Say what you shadetrees will, but $40 to have someone with a pit do the oil is a bargain compared to crawling underneath.
 
2014-05-19 02:34:01 PM  

wildcardjack: That reminds me, I need to print a sticker saying "don't fill" so I can replace the crap washer fluid with something better than the stuff at my oil change place.

Say what you shadetrees will, but $40 to have someone with a pit do the oil is a bargain compared to crawling underneath.


1) Just fill it before taking it in. If it's all the way topped off they won't add any.
2) $40? You buying synthetic changes? I can go to the dealer and get it done for around $25 most of the time (usually either a coupon or a "buy 4 for $80" deal going).
 
2014-05-19 03:08:05 PM  
I run 25% methanol in my washerfluid - takes the bugs off better and acts as a deicer. Oh and cops love the scent - LOVE IT.
 
2014-05-19 03:23:44 PM  

SpdrJay: I thought everybody sterilized the window washer reservoir before each use.

Guess that's just me.


I'm up in Alaska.  My washer fluid is mostly methanol and ethylene glycol.  Just pouring that stuff into the reservoir should sanitize it.  But apparently many people are just using plain water, thus the Legionnaires.
 
2014-05-19 03:39:41 PM  

Firethorn: SpdrJay: I thought everybody sterilized the window washer reservoir before each use.

Guess that's just me.

I'm up in Alaska.  My washer fluid is mostly methanol and ethylene glycol.  Just pouring that stuff into the reservoir should sanitize it.  But apparently many people are just using plain water, thus the Legionnaires.


Never realized some idiots use plain water in there. That's stupid- if it gets cold at all it's going to freeze solid (possibly even rupturing the reservoir or lines) and it won't clean the windshield near as well as something that has a decent solvent in it.
 
2014-05-19 03:45:10 PM  

akula: $40? You buying synthetic changes? I can go to the dealer and get it done for around $25 most of the time (usually either a coupon or a "buy 4 for $80" deal going).


You must not live in a major city. $45 for just standard crappy oil in Atlanta, $70+ for synthetic.

/it's half the reason I visit my parents in the sticks, $19.95 where they live
 
2014-05-19 04:48:44 PM  

akula: Firethorn: SpdrJay: I thought everybody sterilized the window washer reservoir before each use.

Guess that's just me.

I'm up in Alaska.  My washer fluid is mostly methanol and ethylene glycol.  Just pouring that stuff into the reservoir should sanitize it.  But apparently many people are just using plain water, thus the Legionnaires.

Never realized some idiots use plain water in there. That's stupid- if it gets cold at all it's going to freeze solid (possibly even rupturing the reservoir or lines) and it won't clean the windshield near as well as something that has a decent solvent in it.


Water freezing is not a big problem in Los Angeles. I think we'll just pop a capfull of bleach into the reservoir. Should take care of that quite nicely.
 
2014-05-19 06:10:17 PM  

Cheeseface: akula: $40? You buying synthetic changes? I can go to the dealer and get it done for around $25 most of the time (usually either a coupon or a "buy 4 for $80" deal going).

You must not live in a major city. $45 for just standard crappy oil in Atlanta, $70+ for synthetic.

/it's half the reason I visit my parents in the sticks, $19.95 where they live


I just bring in my own synthetic oil to be used during my car's oil changes. I ended up only paying $15 for my last oil change because of that fact.
 
2014-05-19 08:53:31 PM  

Cheeseface: akula: $40? You buying synthetic changes? I can go to the dealer and get it done for around $25 most of the time (usually either a coupon or a "buy 4 for $80" deal going).

You must not live in a major city. $45 for just standard crappy oil in Atlanta, $70+ for synthetic.

/it's half the reason I visit my parents in the sticks, $19.95 where they live


I live in the St. Louis area. $45 for an oil change is what the luxury brand dealers charge. I'm really surprised they charge that kind of cash for an oil change in ATL.
 
2014-05-19 09:04:56 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: I use vodka.


What the hell is vodka?
 
2014-05-20 02:10:24 AM  

youmightberight: I run 25% methanol in my washerfluid - takes the bugs off better and acts as a deicer. Oh and cops love the scent - LOVE IT.


Drive through a DWI checkpoint and clean your window. Making sure to clean thoroughly near cops.
Half arsed trolling...
 
2014-05-20 04:20:42 AM  

Sin_City_Superhero: That's why I fill my windshield washer fluid reservoir with urine.


I also use Sin_City_Superhero's urine.
 
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