Do It Yourself Windshield Washer Fluid Refill
If you are like many Americans, you may have never refilled your vehicle's washer fluid. It's common to wait until you need to get an oil change and then get it done along with filling your tire pressure. What happens though if your car doesn't need an oil change and you've been busy cleaning your windshield and now the fluid has run out? You can either get an unnecessary oil change just to fill your wiper fluid OR you can take 5-10 minutes and get the job done yourself! Follow the 10 simple steps below and have your wipers back in business today!
- Step 1: Go to a local auto shop, Walmart or even some grocery stores and pick up a bottle of windshield washer solution. Typically, it comes in 1 gallon jugs but there are high end types which are packaged in smaller containers and cost a little more. Depending on your expectations and needs, select what type is best for you and your car.
- Step 2: Park your car in the garage or out of the elements and let the engine and engine bay cool until nothing is hot to the touch. (Don't test touch until you are sure you've given the car enough time to cool off)
- Step 3: Release the hood of your car engine bay. Usually the knob to release the hood latch is on the driver's side and below left of the steering wheel.
- Step 4: (Gloves are optional) Open the hood of the engine bay and then locate the support stick (if applicable) and position it so that your hood is open and secure.
- Step 5: Locate the washer fluid cap (usually on the right side of the car) which usually has a small image of wiper fluid.
- Step 6: Unscrew the cap and place next to the car. Don't place the cap somewhere on the engine as it could fall into the it and become difficult or dangerous to retrieve.
- Step 7: (Funnel optional) Pour contents of the washer fluid into the opening of the tank and make sure to not overfill. Leave about 1/2 inch or more from the very top of the container.
- Step 8: Screw cap back on.
- Step 9: Unlatch the support stick and carefully shut the hood of your car making sure you test the hood and confirm it is locked shut and not partially open.
- Step 10: Start car and test wiper action 3-4 times until the fluid comes out strong and there is no blockage in the lines.
You are finished. Good job!