Need water squirts to remove deep-seated dirt and stains on your windshield? Well, don't count on it if your windshield washer reservoir is cracked or dented. To fix this, here are some tips:
Difficulty level: Moderate
What you'll need:
- Plastic tank repair kit
- Paper towels
- Coat hanger
- Socket wrench set
Step 1: Find the windshield washer reservoir. It could be on the engine compartment's driver or passenger side. Check vehicle manual to be sure.
Step 2: Go to the wheel well that's on the same side of the reservoir. Then take out the bolts or pins that seal the inner fender to the bumper. Through the inner fender, you'll see where the windshield washer reservoir is housed.
Step 3: Pull out the power cable and the hose that's linked to the washer pump. Use the flashlight to inspect the spot where the reservoir is found. Take out the bolts that attach that reservoir to the car. A socket wrench that has a long extension will help you work on these bolts easily. After that, remove the reservoir.
Step 4: To fix a dented reservoir, you can use a coat hanger to smooth out the furrowed wall. You have to put in the hooked end of the hanger through the grommet of the reservoir. If you have to, unwind the coat hanger to reach through the dented wall. In case of a cracked reservoir, go straight to the following steps. If there's no crack, then jump to step 7.
Step 5: Take out the pump and set it aside. Clean the reservoir with soap and water and then use paper towels to dry it.
Step 6: Using the repair kit (complete with rubbing alcohol, epoxy, cloth, etc.), sand down the cracked wall or spot. Wipe some rubbing alcohol on the surface. Prepare a two-part epoxy and put it on the fiberglass cloth. The cloth should be laid over the hole or cracked surface. Let this be for about an hour.
Step 7: Reinstall the washer pump that's on the side of the reservoir. Replace the fixed washer reservoir in the reverse order, making sure that power cable, deliver hose, inner fender, and bolts are sealed.
- Be careful when handling wet epoxy. Keep it away from anything that shouldn't be in contact with this solution, especially your skin.