When you turn on the windshield washers and all you hear is a buzzing sound but no fluid is coming out, then it’s time to check the washer fluid.
This check is one of the easiest to do on your car, it’s very simple and takes only minutes.
However, there are a couple of things you should pay attention to and we’ll show you what they are right here.
At the end of this article, you also have a video on the same topic, courtesy of the Danka Praktik YouTube channel.
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HOW TO FIND THE WASHER FLUID BOTTLE?
In case you don’t know how to find the washer bottle also known as the washer fluid reservoir it’s an easy task.
The washer bottle is located in the engine bay, usually tucked in a corner.
The best way to find it is to search for the characteristic cap on the bottle.
It has a distinctive color, in this case blue, it may be some other color but whatever the case, it will have an engraved or printed sign on the cap.
The sign looks like water spraying from a reservoir.
Whatever car you drive, just search for the cap with this kind of sign on it and you shouldn’t make a mistake.
SYMPTOMS OF LOW WASHER FLUID
The main symptom of low washer fluid is that when you turn on the washers, you hear the washer motor running, but no fluid is coming out of the nozzles.
Worth mentioning is that there may be other reasons for this, like a bad washer motor, burnt fuse, clogged lines, or else but this is rarer.
So, all in all, when this happens the washer fluid is the first thing to check.
Also, you can tell in advance, if you pay enough attention that the fluid is running out.
A low spraying intensity, spraying a mist instead of a full jet, and foam coming out of the nozzles are some sure signs.
HOW TO ADD WINDSHIELD WASHER FLUID?
Once you’ve found the washer bottle, open the plastic lid.
For adding, you can use a funnel to avoid spilling unless there’s a cap adjusted specifically for this purpose.
Insert the funnel into the bottle and pour until the fluid level reaches near full. In this case, you can see the fluid level by watching the bottleneck.
In other cases, there may be a gauge printed or engraved on the bottle.
When pouring avoid overfilling.
After you’ve finished, close the cap and make sure it’s closed properly.
So, open the bottle, pour the washer fluid, and close the bottle. Simple as that.
TYPES OF WASHER FLUID
On this part, the most important thing to know is that there are two main types of washer fluid: for the summer and winter seasons.
This is very important to know mainly to avoid freezing and clogs within the system.
If you add summer fluid during winter it will freeze and the whole system will get clogged. Unclogging this, especially during the winter is a daunting task.
If you add winter fluid during the summer, there shouldn’t be any problems but it’s a waste of that type of washer fluid.
So when adding, add according to the season.
The best way to recognize the difference is by the writing on the bottle.
CAN YOU ADD WATER INSTEAD OF WASHER FLUID?
Sometimes you may be forced to pour water into the washer bottle.
Usually, tap water is added as this is most convenient. Know that there will be no immediate damage if you do this.
But if you do it for a prolonged period of time, there might be a scale build-up within the system and clogs will start to form.
All in all, if you have the possibility, best avoid using water at all, but if you have to best use distilled water.
So there you have it. Learning how to add windshield washer fluid is very simple and is one more reason to check it on time and on a regular basis.
Check it at least once a month, it would be very good to do it before a long trip, especially during the rainy and winter season.
Driving without washer fluid during this kind of weather will soon lead to a completely smudged windshield which means much less visibility. No need to say how dangerous this is.
Once more, make sure to add the proper washer fluid to avoid clogs and freezing.
The washer fluid may not seem as important as the other fluids in your car, but it in fact is.
Written by: Sibin Spasojevic
Former car technician, life-long car and DIY enthusiast, author for Despairrepair.com
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