How to Fix a Windshield Wiper Hoseby Alibaster Smith
The windshield wipe hose on your vehicle runs from the windshield wiper fluid reservoir to the spray nozzles on the hood of your vehicle. Occasionally, these wiper hoses become damaged, usually as a result of an accident while working on other components under the hood. If the hoses become pinched or accidentally cut, you will need to know how to fix them. If needed, you can find replacement hose at any auto parts store.
Open the hood of your vehicle and inspect the windshield wiper hose. The hose runs from the washer fluid reservoir to the spray nozzles on the hood. It's usually a clear plastic or black plastic hose. Perform a visual inspection for rips or tears in the hose.
Have an assistant activate the washer fluid while you check for leaks in the hose.
If possible, repair the hose, preferably with non-adhesive rubber automotive tape. This is a special tape which is made of rubber. The tape will bond to itself and other rubber components, providing a positive seal on low pressure hoses such as the windshield wiper hose on your vehicle. Lightly stretch the tape to activate it. Then wrap it tightly around the leak and press it against itself and the hose. Allow it to sit for a few minutes while it bonds to the rubber.
Replace the hose if the hole is too large or the hose is cut. Pull the hose clamp off the hose at the washer fluid reservoir and pull the hose off of the reservoir tank. Then, pull the hose off the nozzles. Replace the hose. Installation is the reverse of removal.
Items you will need
- Replacement hose (if necessary)
- Non-adhesive rubber automotive tape
- "Auto Repair For Dummies; Deanna Sclar", IDG Books Worldwide; 1999