How to Diagnose Problems of the Honda CR-V Windshield Washer Reservoir
The windshield washer reservoir in the Honda CR-V line of crossover SUVs is not one of those car parts that causes problems, but harsh operating conditions, improper use, and damage caused by collisions as well as other factors can cause it to fail. Thankfully, most windshield washer reservoir problems can be diagnosed and fixed by professional mechanics, although you can also do the same yourself and save money in the process. The following are some of the common problems of Honda CR-V windshield washer reservoirs and how to troubleshoot them.
If you notice that there is little or no fluid coming out of the windshield washer nozzle, or if you find yourself refilling the windshield washer reservoir more often than usual, there might be a leak on the reservoir or on the windshield washer tubing. Detach the reservoir from its mounting and check for cracks on the surface. If there are no cracks visible, cover one of the holes of the reservoir and blow hard into the remaining one. If there is a leak in the reservoir, you should be able to hear air escaping. You can use the same process to check for leaks on the washer tubing as well.
The windshield washer reservoir of the Honda CR-V is made from tough injection-molded plastic, but it can still get cracked due to a fender bender or improper installation. If a crack occurs in your SUV's reservoir, verify the extent of the crack. Minor to moderate fracturing on the reservoir might still be fixed with automotive epoxy, although seriously damaged reservoirs should be replaced.
The washer fluid isn't reaching the washer nozzle
On the other hand, if the washer nozzle isn't squirting liquid but the reservoir isn't leaking either, the problem could be a clog at the bottom of the reservoir. Dirt may have sunk to the bottom of the reservoir, preventing the washer fluid from coming out. Remove the reservoir clean it inside with an old toothbrush. If the washer fluid still won't come out of the nozzle, the clog could be in the nozzle, hose or screen. In addition, we recommend check the windshield washer pump as well. A malfunctioning pump may not have enough power to push the washer fluid from the windshield washer reservoir into the washer nozzle.