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Honda CRV Windshield Washer Reservoir

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.

Leaks

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.

Cracks

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.

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  • Easy Maintenance Tips for Honda CR-V Windshield Washer Reservoir 27 February 2013

    The windshield washer reservoir is usually not included in the maintenance list for the Honda CR-V. One of the more low-key parts of the Honda CR-V line of crossover SUVs, the windshield washer reservoir seldom causes any problems and thus rarely warrants rigorous maintenance. However, conducting regular inspection and maintenance of the reservoir helps ensure the smooth operation of the CR-V's windshield washer system and prevent any washer problems in the future. In this guide, we'll share some simple care and maintenance tips for the Honda CR-V windshield washer reservoir.


    Use non-freezing washer fluid when driving under cold weather conditions.

    Using water or standard washer fluid may cause it to freeze inside the windshield washer reservoir and washer tubing during winter and eventually damage these components. So once the winter season comes, use non-freezing washer fluid or mix ant-freeze fluid with your standard washer fluid to prevent it from freezing.


    Periodically clean the reservoir.

    Rust and deposits from windshield washer fluid tend to build up at the bottom of the reservoir, which, over time, may cause a clog in the reservoir or, even worse, reach the washer tubing, nozzle and screen and damage these components. So if you notice a buildup of gunk at the bottom of the washer reservoir, remove tank and clean the inside with an old toothbrush.


    Check for leaks regularly.

    Leaks are a frequent problem with windshield washer reservoir and should be addressed as soon as possible. Ideally, we recommend checking for leaks every time you change washer fluid, but if you notice that the washer nozzle is squirting little or no fluid or if you find yourself refilling the washer more often than usual, conduct an inspection immediately. Check for cracks, punctures and other external damage on the surface of the tank. If there is no damage visible, remove the reservoir from its mounting, close one opening with your hand, and blow hard on the remaining opening. If there is a leak in the reservoir, you should be able to hear a hissing sound. In addition, we also recommend checking windshield washer tubing for damage as these are another common source of leaks as well.