How to Replace Windshield-Washer Tubing in Vehicles

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

The Vehicles windshield washing system is critical to safe driving, especially in winter months where salt and grime build up on the roadways. To ensure proper working order of the windshield washing system in your Vehicles you can replace the tubing that supplies the fluid from your reservoir tank to the windshield.

Under The Hood:

 How to Replace Windshield-Washer Tubing in a Ford Taurus

Determine if your windshield-washer tubing is simply clogged. Occasionally the little holes on the ball of the sprayer become clogged from washer fluid build-up or from hard water. You wouldn't need to replace the tubing if this is the case. Simply use a pin or sewing needle to poke a hole to eliminate any debris.

Purchase windshield-washer tubing from a car parts store. The tubing might also be referred to as vacuum tubing. You don't need a specific part number. If you need help, ask for assistance at the store.

Locate the old tubing, which is near the windshield-washer fluid reservoir. This can be found beneath the engine coolant reservoir in the bottom left part of the engine compartment. If you own a Ford Taurus model made before 2008, the windshield-washer fluid reservoir is above the engine coolant reservoir, not below it.

Remove the old tubing. Be careful around the vacuum connectors. Try not to break or disfigure them if you plan to reuse them.

Hold up the old windshield-washer tubing if you plan to replace the entire section. Place the new tubing next to the old, using the old as a guide to the length you need. Use a hose cutter to cut enough of the new tubing to fit your Ford Taurus.

Place the new tubing into your Taurus. Use the old connectors, or insert the new ones, and ensure the tubing doesn't interfere with any other engine parts. When closing the hood, be extra cautious to make sure the tubing doesn't get bent.

Items you will need

  • Pin or sewing needle (optional)

  • Hose cutter

  • Vacuum connectors

 How to Replace Windshield-Washer Tubing in a Jeep Grand Cherokee

Check to make sure the windshield-washer tubing isn't clogged. Sometimes the tubing doesn't need to be replaced. If the little holes on the ball of the sprayer become clogged from hard water or build-up from the washer fluid, take a pin or sewing needle, and poke a hole to get rid of any debris.

Purchase windshield-washer tubing from a car parts store. The tubing might also be referred to as vacuum tubing.

Locate the old tubing, which should be next to the windshield-washer fluid reservoir. You can find that near the front right corner of the engine compartment. Depending on when your Grand Cherokee was manufactured, the reservoir may have a black or a yellow cap.

Remove the old tubing. Be careful around the vacuum connectors. Try not to break or disfigure them if you plan to reuse them.

Hold up the old windshield-washer tubing if you plan to replace the entire section. Place the new tubing next to the old, using the old as a guide to the length your Grand Cherokee needs. Use a hose cutter to cut enough of the new tubing to fit your Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Place the new tubing in your Grand Cherokee. Use the old connectors, or insert the new ones, and ensure the tubing doesn't interfere with any other engine parts. When closing the hood, be extra cautious to make sure the tubing doesn't get bent.

Items you will need

  • Pin or sewing needle (optional)

  • Windshield-washer tubing

  • Hose cutter

  • Vacuum connectors

 How to Replace Windshield-Washer Tubing in a Chevy Silverado

Buy the proper replacement tubing for your Silverado. Be sure to buy tubing or tubing/valve assemblies specifically made for your Silverado truck.

Locate the Chevy Silverado's windshield washer reservoir tank, which is on the driver's side next to the battery.

Identify the tubing connections. You'll see a connection from the reservoir holding the washer fluid and another connection to the windshield.

Disconnect the tubing at the windshield side first and drain the leftover fluid from the reservoir into another container. The old fluid can get contaminated from chunks of old tubing.

Unhook the bottom end of the tubing connected to the reservoir. Rinse the reservoir with warm water if it's especially dirty.

Connect the new tubing to the washer reservoir, then the windshield outlets.

Fill the reservoir with fresh washer fluid and test the wipers. You might notice that it takes a few minutes to prime the new tubing before you see washer fluid coming out onto the windshield.

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