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DIY: How to Add Windshield Washer Fluid

DIY: How to Add Windshield Washer Fluid


Whether it's dust from a construction zone or slush and salt splashing on your windshield during a blizzard, your car always needs windshield washer fluid. While a significant buildup of dirt and other elements can hinder your vision, washer fluid and clean wiper blades help clean off your windshield almost without hesitation. However, when the reservoir is empty, you're sometimes left with a dirty windshield that could inhibit your sight. It's important to refill wiper fluid as soon as possible when it runs low. Here is how to add windshield washer fluid to your car.

What you'll need:

How to change windshield wiper fluid

Step 1: Park the Car on Level Ground

Have the vehicle parked on a level surface to keep wiper fluid from overflowing or spilling out due to uneven ground.

Step 2: Find the Reservoir

Pop the hood and locate the windshield wash fluid reservoir. The reservoir should be clear and have a cap with a symbol of windshield with two squirts of water. It's important that you don't accidentally fill wiper fluid into the wrong container because it could dilute any other fluid.

Step 3: Check the Fluid Level

Pop the cap off the reservoir and check the fluid level at the fill line on the reservoir opening. If the liquid is close or right on the fill line, don't bother filling it because the fluid will overflow. When there is significantly less fluid, it's okay to top off accordingly.

Step 4: Pour in Windshield Washer Fluid

Place the funnel into the opening and start adding wiper fluid into the container. Remember to pour the fluid slowly so it doesn't back up in the funnel. Stop once the liquid reaches the fill line.

Step 5: Close the Reservoir

Remove the funnel and put the cap back on the reservoir. Make sure the cap securely pops into place so it doesn't get damaged or broken.