Ways to Troubleshoot a Mitsubishi Mirage Windshield Washer Reservoir
When you turn on your washer system to clean your windshield, do you ever wonder where the liquid comes from and where it is contained? This is the job of the Mitsubishi Mirage windshield washer reservoir-as long as it is filled with the washer fluid, you can quickly clean your windshield without a problem. However, this component can get damaged too. If your windshield washer is squirting dirty liquid or not spraying anything at all, then there must be a problem with the reservoir. Learn how to find the cause of issues like these with the following tips:
Check the windshield washer reservoir for dirt.
To avoid contaminating the washer liquid, keep dirt out of the windshield washer reservoir. However, if somehow foreign particles make their way inside, take out the reservoir and clean the inside thoroughly. When you reinstall the windshield washer reservoir, make sure that all the wires and hoses are connected properly so it to work efficiently. Turn on the windshield washer to see if you have attached all connections correctly.
Check the windshield washer fluid level.
In order for the windshield washer system to work, the reservoir should always have high levels of washer fluid. If it is low or empty, refill the component immediately. It is okay to fill it right up to the top-the windshield washer reservoir does not usually have any full or empty indicators. To avoid spillage, use a funnel when filling the component with the washer fluid.
Look for cracks, leaks, or breaks in the windshield washer reservoir.
If your windshield washer reservoir has a crack in it, you will experience several issues. First, if you are in a cold area and you have been filling the component with water instead of windshield washer fluid, then you should notice that the liquid inside is frozen solid. Instead of patching it with silicone sealant and duct tape or having it welded for over 100 USD, there is an easier fix.
First, try draining and refilling the reservoir with fresh windshield washer fluid-not water. This liquid has high alcohol content and does not freeze. If you think the fluid is too expensive, you could use it before and during winter, and then go back to using water when the weather has gotten warmer.
As for your cracked reservoir, get a plastic tank repair kit to seal in the crack. Take out the damaged component and clean it thoroughly before repairing. Follow the instructions indicated on the repair kit's package so you can fix it without fail.