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Honda Windshield Washer Reservoir

Windshield Worries: Finding and Fixing Honda Windshield Washer Reservoir Problems

Caked with dust, soiled with grime, splattered with bugs, and dotted with water spots-these are just some of the things that can happen to your windshield if you have a damaged washer reservoir. Simple as this plastic tank may seem, it is actually crucial to your visibility and safety on the road. Your Honda windshield washer reservoir acts as a storage tank for the vital fluid that keeps your windshield free from dust and dirt. It is usually made of durable plastic, but it can also wear out and crack over time. If the reservoir gets damaged, washer fluid will leak out and form a puddle under your vehicle. When this happens, you won't have a ready supply of washer fluid to clean your windshield while on the road. You'll not only get a dirty and unsightly windshield, but you'll also experience visibility problems that can jeopardize your safety. Troubleshooting your Honda windshield washer reservoir immediately is a way to avoid these problems. Here's a guide to help you out:

Odd clunking noise

Noise usually means bad news for you and your vehicle. This is often your vehicle's way of catching your attention to indicate a damaged part or a glitch in the engine operation. Although a bit of engine noise is good, you should also be alert for any sound that's out of the ordinary. Usually, a loose windshield washer reservoir will cause odd clunking and knocking noises that can be heard from your engine compartment. The clunks are more noticeable when your vehicle goes over bumps and hits potholes, as the road impact causes the loose reservoir to hit and knock against nearby engine parts. Before your reservoir gets cracked and damaged from all the impact, secure it in place by tightening its loose screws. Also, check the reservoir for missing bolts or broken seals and have them replaced if necessary.

Washer fluid shortage

If you're constantly running out of washer fluid, check your reservoir for cracks or leaks. Over time, the reservoir's plastic material becomes brittle, causing tiny cracks to form on the surface and leak out washer fluid. The reservoir's location near the wheel well also makes it vulnerable to minor collisions that can cause severe cracking and breakage. Patching up the cracks with epoxy can help repair the reservoir and stop the leaks. However, this may only be a temporary fix. If the reservoir starts to leak again, then it's time for you to get a replacement.

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  • Windshield Care: Tips to Maintain Your Honda Windshield Washer Reservoir 26 February 2013

    Caring for your windshield doesn't stop at the wipers, blades, and glass. The other components keeping the windshield clean, such as the nozzles, pump, and reservoir, must also be taken care of to ensure the glass remains crystal clear and dirt-free. Because the windshield is always exposed to road dirt, debris, bugs, and hard water, having a ready supply of washer fluid is important to keep the glass spotlessly clean. If dirt accumulates on your windshield, you'll have a harder time seeing the road clearly, which may result in unfortunate accidents. To increase your visibility and ensure your safety on the road, always check the level of your washer fluid and also the condition of the reservoir. Any damage to the reservoir will result in lack of washer fluid, making it difficult for you to clean the windshield while on the go. Keeping your Honda windshield washer reservoir well-maintained is the key to ensure the fluid won't leak out and get contaminated. Plus, it's also a way to make sure your windshield gets a regular dose of washer fluid to remove stubborn and unsightly dirt. Here are a few tips in maintaining your windshield washer reservoir:


    Flush the reservoir regularly.

    You may think that the washer fluid is always safe from contaminants while inside the reservoir, but this is actually far from the truth. Small particles of dirt and debris may also enter the reservoir from time to time and contaminate the washer fluid, causing the hose and nozzles to become clogged. This hampers the flow of washer fluid to the windshield. Although the nozzles may still manage to get a few short bursts out, these may not be enough to thoroughly clean the glass. To prevent your windshield washer assembly from getting clogged, make it a point to flush the reservoir regularly. This can be done by simply pulling the hose off the reservoir so that the old washer fluid can drain out properly. Reconnect and secure the hose to the reservoir after flushing to prevent leaks.


    Repair cracks right away.

    Over time, cracks will start to appear and form on the reservoir. You can't stop this from happening, as the reservoir's plastic material tends to wear out and become brittle with age. What you can do, though, is to prevent these cracks from getting bigger to ensure washer fluid won't leak out. Once you notice a tiny crack on the reservoir, repair and seal it right away with epoxy. Also, have a replacement on hand in case the epoxy fails to patch up the cracks.