The most likely reasons for a washer fluid tank to fail are either from age and wear, or from damage, usually from a collision. Due to age, the plastic will eventually become brittle and may crack. If there's a crack, the whole thing will need to be replaced. This isn't the most important part of a vehicle, but it does have purpose and it can be considered a safety issue if you don't have one. Without this part on your vehicle, you won't be able to hold the fluid, and therefore won't be able to clean your windows if they become covered with mud, dirt, or light snow. Another major reason to change a windshield washer reservoir is if your vehicle is in a collision that damages the tank. It will probably be included in the list of items to repair anyway, and it's a good idea not to overlook it. It's a good idea to check the other components connected to this item to be sure they don't need replacing as well. Many have a low level sensor that could go bad, and there's a few small hoses connected to it. Those small hoses run all the way up to the nozzles on the hood or cowl panel, and it's a good idea to check that those are not clogged or broken as well.
A washer fluid reservoir is a simple plastic container designed to hold soapy (basically) liquid for use in cleaning a windshield, read window, and sometimes headlights. You car may have more than one reservoir and possibly more than one pump also. These parts work in conjunction to the rest of the wiper system to spray the liquid from the washer tank onto the windshield and then squeegee it away with the wiper blades. This should result is a relatively clean window or headlight.
Removing and replacing a washer reservoir is usually pretty simple for most vehicles. Below you'll find a brief and concise breakdown of replacing this item.
- Open the hood and prop it up with hood stay (if you vehicle has one).
- Look for the plastic container marked "wiper" or "washer" reservoir.
- Unplug the hose(s) and allow the container to drain.
- Unbolt the container and unplug the sensor in whichever order makes sense for your vehicle. Your vehicle may not even have a sensor.
- Remove the old washer tank and install the new one in reverse order making sure to plug in the sensor and connecting all the hoses.
- Once installed, fill the container with washer fluid once more and test it to be sure it's working properly.
- Also check to make sure the other components don't need to be changed as well. Chances are if the container is old enough to crack, so are the other plastic components.
Replacing your windshield wiper washer reservoir is an important job if you want to have clean windows or headlights on demand. If you're driving through a dusty area, or inclement weather, you need to be able to clean and see through your windshield. Car Parts Discount has a variety of washer fluid reservoirs available and the lowest prices possible. Simply enter you vehicle above and look under the Wiper System category to see if we carry one for your vehicle. Be sure to check if we carry and other components that need to be replaced as well.