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.