How to Replace the Windshield-Washer Reservoir in Vehicles

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

Whether you have a new Vehicles or an older model, keeping the windshield clean is a full time job, aided by using your windshield washer fluid. However, if you recently filled your washer reservoir and found it's empty when trying to use it, you probably have a leak and you need to fix or replace it.

Under The Hood:

 How to Replace the Windshield-Washer Reservoir in a Dodge Caravan

Place an order for a new reservoir from the parts supplier for your Dodge Caravan. Some dealerships may have a replacement reservoir in stock for purchase; otherwise, ask them to order one for you. Ordering the reservoir before you dismantle the car saves you from having to dismantle it twice and you can always take it back if you don't need it.

Turn the car off and remove the keys from the ignition. Pull the hood release handle beneath the instrument panel of your Dodge Caravan. Exit the car, walk around to the front, reach under the center of the hood and locate the auxiliary release latch. Twist it to the left to open the hood.

Raise the hood until the hydraulic hood catches and it stays open on its own. Locate the windshield washer fluid reservoir, which is on the left side of the engine compartment next to the large air-cleaning filter.

Disconnect the negative cable on the battery and the connectors from the front rear and level sensors. Remove the right front wheelhouse splash shield in order to get to the windshield washer reservoir in your Dodge Caravan. To do this, take off the five plastic rivets holding the wheelhouse splash shield. This will give you complete access to the windshield washer reservoir.

Remove the hose and any other leads from the reservoir and unbolt the tank. You should then be able to lift the reservoir out of your Caravan. Throw away the seals--you'll need to replace these when you install the new reservoir.

Screw in the new windshield washer reservoir to install it. Reattach the hose and other leads for the windshield washer reservoir and replace all the seals. After that's complete, reassemble the wheelhouse splash shield by reversing the order in Step 4 and reconnect the connectors on the front rear and level sensors and the negative cable on the battery.

Items you will need

  • New windshield washer reservoir

  • Wrench

  • Seals

 How to Replace the Windshield-Washer Reservoir in a VW Passat

Order a new reservoir to replace the old one from the parts supplier for your VW Passat. Some dealerships have parts available for purchase and may have a replacement reservoir in stock, otherwise, ask them to order one for you.

Turn the car off and remove the keys from the ignition. Pull the hood release handle beneath the instrument panel and on the left side of your steering column.

Exit the car, walk around to the front of your VW Passat, reach under the center of the hood and locate the auxiliary release latch. Twist it to the left to open the hood and hold it open using the prop rod on the engine compartment's edge.

Locate the windshield washer fluid reservoir, which is located in the engine compartment near the bottom left corner.

Jack up your VW Passat and take off the left front tire. Support the left front of your Passat using jack stands. Remove the wheel well liner--see Step 6--and you will have complete access to the windshield washer reservoir.

Unscrew the two 8mm screws located in the front of the wheel well. Then take off the three rivets toward the back of the wheel well, using a flat-head screwdriver and pliers. Next, remove the 10mm plastic nuts located in the middle of the fender liner. Finally, working back to front, free the liner by releasing the lip.

Take out the reservoir by removing the three different nuts attached to the reservoir. Then disconnect the hose and any other leads and unscrew the tank. You should then be able to lift the reservoir out of your Passat. Throw away the seals--you'll need to replace these when you install the new reservoir.

Screw in the new windshield washer reservoir to install it. Reattach the hose and other leads including those attached to the electrical system, and replace all the seals. After that's complete, reinstall the wheel well liner by reversing the order in Step 6, put your tire back on and lower your VW Passat to the ground.

Items you will need

  • New windshield washer reservoir

  • Seals

  • Jack

  • Jack stands

  • Flat head screwdriver

  • Pliers

  • 10mm socket wrench

 How to Replace the Windshield-Washer Reservoir in a Toyota Camry

Place an order for a new reservoir from the parts supplier for your Toyota Camry. Some dealerships may have a replacement reservoir in stock for purchase; otherwise, ask them to order one for you. Ordering the reservoir before you dismantle the car will save you from having to dismantle it twice. Buy discount parts from The Parts Bin (see Resources). Use Part #T400902 for 1987 to 1991 Camrys, Part #T400903 for 1992 and 1993, Part #T400905 for 1994 to 1996 and Part #T370503 for 1997 to 2001. You can always return it if you don't need it.

Turn the car off and remove the keys from the ignition. Pull the hood release handle beneath the instrument panel and steering column of your Camry. Exit the car, walk around to the front, reach under the center of the hood and locate the auxiliary release latch. Tug up on the latch to open the hood. Hold the hood open using the prop rod on the engine compartment's edge.

Locate the windshield washer fluid reservoir, which is beneath the engine coolant reservoir in the bottom left part of the Toyota Camry's engine compartment.

Jack up your Camry and remove the right front tire. Then take off the fender apron seal. This will give you complete access to the windshield washer reservoir.

Remove the hose and any other leads from the reservoir and unscrew the tank. You should then be able to lift the reservoir out of your Camry.

Install the new windshield washer reservoir by screwing the tank in, attaching the hose and other leads and replacing the seals. After that is complete, reassemble the fender apron, replace your tire and lower your Camry to the ground.

Items you will need

  • New windshield washer reservoir

  • Wrench

  • Jack

 How to Replace the Windshield-Washer Reservoir in a Honda Accord

Order a new reservoir to replace the old one from the parts supplier for your Honda Accord. Some dealerships have parts available for purchase and may already have a replacement reservoir in stock; otherwise, ask them to order one for you. Buy discount parts from Car Parts Wholesale (see Resources) and use Part #CPWH370506 for 1990-1993 Accords, Part #CPWH370507 for 1994-1997 and Part #CPWH400901 for 1998-2002.

Turn the car off and remove the keys from the ignition. Pull the hood release handle that is located under the dashboard and to the left of the steering column in your Accord. Exit the car, walk around to the front, reach under the center of the hood and locate the auxiliary release latch. Twist it to the left to open the hood. Lift the support rod out of its restraining clip and put it into the appropriate hole to hold the hood open. If you're driving a 2008 V6 Accord, the hood will hold itself up.

Locate the blue-capped windshield washer fluid reservoir, which is on the left side of the Honda Accord's engine compartment beneath the red-capped power steering fluid reservoir.

Jack up your Accord and remove the right front tire. Then take off the front bumper. There are bolts on either side of the fender, two on the bottom and several on the top. With the bumper off, you have complete access to the windshield washer reservoir.

Take out the reservoir by removing the three different nuts attached to the reservoir. Then disconnect the hose and any other leads and unscrew the tank. You should then be able to lift the reservoir out of your Accord.

Install the new reservoir by screwing the tank into the assembly, attaching the hose, putting the nuts back in place and replacing the seals. After that is complete, reassemble the bumper by replacing the bolts described in Step 4, replace your tire and lower your Accord to the ground.

Items you will need

  • New windshield washer reservoir

  • Wrench

  • Jack

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