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Honda Accord Windshield Washer Reservoir

Three Ways of Troubleshooting Your Honda Accord Windshield Washer Reservoir

Driving down the road on your Accord can be like a movie's dream sequence, complete with the soft-focus effect. But, you'll need to wake up and spray this effect away because it impedes your crystal-clear vision of the road. If you can do so, remove the dirt, water spots, splattered bugs, or other road debris that blurs your windshield. If you can't get the liquid to spray out of your Honda Accord windshield washer reservoir, then you could have a problem on your hands. Ensure your safety by troubleshooting this automotive part as soon as possible.

Inspecting and cleaning

Sometimes the problem with your windshield washer reservoir has a simple cause, like dirt. To remedy this, you'll need to open up your hood and locate the blue-capped reservoir. You can find it at the left side of your Honda Accord's engine compartment, just below the red-capped power steering fluid reservoir. Check your washer reservoir for any dirt that could have sunk to the bottom. If you find any, remove the reservoir and clean it inside out with water. To do so, you'll need to use a little safety pin, a bit of thin wire, or a can of compressed air on the little dirt clots. Just pick out or poke through the clogged nozzles, hoses, or screens of the reservoir.

Changing or refilling

Sometimes the problem can lie with what you put inside your Honda Accord windshield washer reservoir. While water may seem like a sensible and budget-friendly option, it can actually freeze inside the reservoir when the temperature drops to zero. If it turns into a block of ice, you'll run the risk of cracking your reservoir. So, drain out all the water and cap your reservoir with washer fluid instead. It's got a high alcohol content and it won't freeze. It can also be pre-heated so that you won't need to defrost your windshield in the cold.

Dealing with leaks

Cracks in the plastic reservoir or its rubber hoses can cause your washer fluid to drain away before it can be sprayed on your windshield. You can check for the cracks on the reservoir by yourself with just a visual inspection. You'll need to replace any broken components that you find.

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  • How to Maintain Your Honda Accord Windshield Washer Reservoir

    Spraying the bugs, dirt, and other road debris off your windshield can be a fun little distraction during your everyday drive. Thanks to your Honda Accord windshield washer reservoir, you can have a steady supply of washer fluid to spray on the debris. To ensure that you keep getting a stream of water to play with, you'll need to maintain this automotive part. Here are a few tips that can help you do so:

    The reservoir itself

    Clean it right.

    Inspect your washer reservoir regularly to see if it needs a little bit of cleaning and de-clogging. You can do so yourself by removing it from its place and use soap and water to clean the insides. Afterwards, use a pin or a fine wire to remove the clog and let your parts air dry before returning it under the hood.

    Check for leaks.

    Use your eyes to check for any cracks in the tank's body. If you see the places where the blue washer fluid has started to leak out, replace the tank as soon as possible.

    The liquid inside

    Never use water or coolant.

    You might think that water from the tap is a cheap alternative to washer fluid, but you need to think again. Water can't clean your windshield properly and it can cause your reservoir to freeze during the cold weather. This block of ice can expand and damage your reservoir. You also need to know that washer fluid is also different from the coolant that you need for your radiator. The two of them might look similar but they both have different functions.

    Choose the right washer fluid to fill it with.

    Apart from its high alcohol content and antifreeze properties, a lot of washer fluids also come in different formulations to suit your needs. Made of solvents combined with a detergent, these may have different dilution factors depending on the climate.

    Top up the fluid inside your reservoir.

    Always check to see how much fluid is left inside your washer's reservoir. You can even integrate a simple process of doing so into your pre-driving routine. Just open your hood, and unscrew the blue cap on the left side of the engine compartment. If you see that the fluid doesn't reach three-quarters of the way up the tank's body then you'll need to top it up. Use a flannel to pour in additional fluid until it reaches the top. When you do this, you'll be sure to enjoy clearing your windshield of any debris each time you drive.