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Toyota Camry Windshield Washer Reservoir

Symptoms of Issues with Your Toyota Camry Windshield Washer Reservoir

Of all the containers in your Toyota Camry, the windshield washer reservoir is among the bigger ones. It is made of a plastic material that is resistant to corrosion and breaking from contact with the windshield washer fluid. It is most likely located behind your bumper cover, making it prone to damage and leaks. Sudden changes in temperature also contribute to crack and leak in the reservoir. When this happens, various problems with your windshield wiper would occur. Following are some signs that might help you determine issues with your Toyota Camry windshield washer reservoir.

No sprays

If your windshield nozzles do not spray any windshield fluid at all, it may mean that your windshield washer reservoir is empty. This can be due to a leak in the reservoir. The container is located right behind the bumper cover, so it is exposed to road conditions that can damage it such as rocks and rough terrain. In the event of a leak, you can rely on epoxy and sandpaper.

Dripping windshield washer fluid

There is no reservoir leak sign better than dripping washer fluid at the bottom of your car. However, you need to clarify the location of the leak as it may also be due to a blown gasket in the filler neck or a cracked windshield washer hose.

Spurting sprays

Your windshield nozzles are designed to spray the washer fluid continuously. When it spurts or pulses, there is a problem with your Toyota Camry windshield washer reservoir. This is caused by a vacuum or backwashing of air in the container. This means that there is no air that vents out of the reservoir. The container's air vent is located at the reservoir cap. Check the cap and look for the clogged air vent.

Stinky windshield washer fluid

Over time, your windshield washer reservoir can accumulate dirt and particle buildup. Also, due to low alcohol levels in some windshield washer fluids, algae and moss grow inside the container. And when it is not checked and flushed for a long time, the fluid develops a rotten odor. With this, it is always advisable to check your reservoir from time to time.

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  • Ways of Taking Care of Your Toyota Camry Windshield Washer Reservoir 27 February 2013

    Visibility is a very crucial aspect in your Toyota Camry. This is mostly provided by your windshield. To avoid accidents, it has to be clean all the time. This is where your windshield washer system comes in. With this, you need to take good care of each part in the windshield washer system. This includes the reservoir that houses the windshield washer fluid. A small problem with your windshield washer reservoir would snowball into an accident. Following are some ways on how you can guarantee yourself that the reservoir would not fail you.


    Prepare for the winter.


    The windshield washer fluid in your reservoir has a high tendency of freezing during the winter. Because of this, you need to prepare for these cold days. When your windshield washer fluid freezes, it expands and breaks the reservoir. One way to avoid this is by maintaining your windshield washer reservoir full. The more fluid it contains, the longer time it takes for the fluid to freeze. This would also ensure that you always have a windshield washer fluid whenever you need it.


    Never put water into your Toyota Camry windshield washer reservoir.


    It is never safe to put water into the windshield water reservoir. While it does not harm the other components of the windshield washer system, it freezes and breaks the reservoir during cold climates. More so, it reduces the cleaning attributes of the windshield washer fluid.


    Regularly clean the reservoir.


    Like most containers, your windshield washer reservoir can corrode and develop particle buildup. These deposits travel from the lines and into the windshield washer nozzles. When this happens, it would clog the nozzles and cause spraying issues. To get rid of these deposits, it is recommended that you regularly clean your reservoir.


    Make sure your Toyota Camry windshield washer reservoir is bolted right in place.


    Most windshield washer reservoirs are located behind the bumper covers. This location makes the container prone to shaking and bumping due to road conditions. If left unchecked, it can eventually fall off its place. With this, you should check the bolts that fasten it into its location. Also ensure that the reservoir is bolted in the proper position or orientation.