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.
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.
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.