How to Install a Washer Reservoir in Four Steps
The washer reservoir is the component that stores the windshield washer fluid. However, if it gets cracked and starts leaking, you might have to take a look at the damaged part. After performing a leak test and trying to repair the old component to no avail, it might be time to get a new washer reservoir.
Required skill level: Intermediate
Needed tools and materials
Making safety preparations
Be sure that you will be working in a well ventilated area with your vehicle on a level flat surface and your car's engine in "Park." It is also best to refer to your owner's manual in order to find the washer reservoir and see how you can access the reservoir. Lastly, put on protective eyewear while you work.
Removing the wheel
If you have to get under your vehicle, you will have to remove one of your car's front wheels in order to access the washer reservoir. Lift your vehicle with a jack and steady it on a pair of jack stands before removing the wheel. Keep your car that way while you remove the old washer reservoir and install a new one.
Removing the old washer reservoir
Locate the washer reservoir either by opening the hood or going under your car. It is usually located along the edge of the compartment. Then, disconnect the electrical connection plug at the washer reservoir pump. Follow the black rubber hose from the pump to its first connection on the underside of the hood. You can find it at the spray jets. Disconnect the hose from here and remove it from any clips it is attached to so that it is only attached at the pump itself. Keep the end of the hose above the fluid level in the washer reservoir to prevent it from leaking on you if you're working from under your car.
Installing the new reservoir
Screw the new component into the washer assembly, attaching the hose between the tank and the motor and then reattaching any other connections such as those leading to the electrical system. You will also have to replace the seals, clips, and other hardware.