A windshield washer reservoir is designed to hold washer fluid which can be sprayed upon a vehicle's windshield via the washer motor which aids the wiper blades in cleaning the windshield.
A windshield washer motor is submerged in washer fluid which can be corrosive as any water based liquid is to electrical parts. In time and usage a leak can develop through the shaft seals inside the motor which will form rust inside the pump motor causing it to fail. This can sometimes create a short circuit in the electrical system which will pop the fuse that protects the device. The windshield washer fluid container is made of plastic which can split allowing the washer fluid to leak out which causes the washer motor to run dry.
The washer motor and reservoir are usually fairly easy to replace which can be done with normal tools. The cost of the motors are between $25.00 and $45.00 each on Amazon, while the fluid container should cost about $50.00. A shop will charge between .5 and 2.5 hours to change these items out depending on the location and configuration of the pump unit.
Lift the hood of the vehicle to locate the windshield washer fluid reservoir.
This can be done by finding the container cap which will have a washer fluid sign
or just say washer fluid. The washer pump motor will be held to the bottom of the
unit using rubber seals which the pump motor will press into.
The washer fluid reservoir location will vary, in this case it is under the battery,
remove the negative and then the positive
Remove the hold down and then grasp
the battery firmly and remove it from the engine bay and set to the side, (Caution:
Batteries contain acid, handle with gloves).
In some cases the tire
will need to be removed to gain further access,
lift the vehicle safely
before this step. Windshield Washer Motor and Fluid Reservoir Replacement Video. Then continue
down the guide for additional information. Match the old unit to the new washer reservoir
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Windshield Washer Motor and Fluid Reservoir Replacement Video. Then continue down the guide for additional information.
Match the old unit to the new washer reservoirto ensure a proper installation.
The new reservoir and fluid pump motors are ready to be installed, simply reverse
the order in which they were removed and refill with new washer fluid and you're
are all set. When replacing the reservoir or pump motors clean out the spray nozzles
to help the spray pattern and flow of the washer fluid. If the spray is not working,
listen for the pump operation, a hose or nozzle could be clogged stopping the fluid
flow, check the washer motor fuse before replacing the pump motor. Use compressed
air to blow clean the washer fluid lines and nozzles.
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