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Mitsubishi Mirage Windshield Washer Reservoir

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.

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  • How to Keep Your Mitsubishi Mirage Windshield Washer Reservoir Clean and Efficient 27 February 2013

    With the Mitsubishi Mirage windshield washer reservoir, you are ensured to always have a cleaning solvent in the system when you want to give your windshield a quick cleaning. However, this component needs to be maintained too. Aside from making sure that you don't contaminate the inside with dirt and rust, you should also make sure that you use the right windshield washer fluid. Filling the reservoir with the wrong cleaning solvent could result to the component being damaged. If you're not sure how to properly maintain it, here are some tips.


    Fill the windshield washer reservoir periodically.

    When the "Low Washer Fluid" light appears on the dashboard or when the washer fails to spray any fluid when you activate the system, then it's time to refill the reservoir with windshield washer fluid. Remember to only fill the component with washer fluid as regular water is not enough to keep your windshield clean. When filling the reservoir, use a funnel to avoid spilling the fluid. If the weather is warm, you can fill the component to the brim; but if it's cold, only fill it to three-fourths.


    Add windshield washer antifreeze during winter season.

    If it gets really cold in your area during winter and you want to make sure that the windshield washer fluid stays in its liquid form, just add antifreeze in the reservoir. Make sure to look for one that is formulated specifically for the windshield washer as other types of antifreeze could damage the reservoir. The mixing ratio of antifreeze to washer fluid depends on the weather, so always take note of the freezing point and follow the instructions included in the antifreeze package. Do not add more of the antifreeze than is needed or else it might damage the reservoir and fog up your windshield.


    Make your own windshield washer fluid.

    While the windshield washer fluid is important, it can be pretty costly. The good news is you can make your own washer solvent that can be as efficient as the commercially prepared products. When making your own washer fluid, all you will need are three cups of your regular household window cleaner, a gallon of water, and blue food coloring. If it is winter in your area, you can add antifreeze by following the same instructions included in its package.