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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2011 6:14 pm    Post subject:  WindShield Washer Fluid Resivour Help Reply with quote

Alright so I just had my first morning frost of the season. So out came the scrapper.... I hate doing this!! I found out that the frost also brought about slushy windshield washer fluid. So when I had time I ran to the auto store and bought de icer.

Where I'm going with this is, how do you take out the fluid resivour to properly clean it? I have a 2003 impala LS and it looks like the resivour is in the fender? I tried looking in the Haynes manual for anything to this subject but it just tells me how to fill it... Also it's a different resivour in the picture then mine. I would really love to clean it out soon and put in some fresh de icer fluid. Also, what would I use to clean it properly? Thank you in advance!!
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2011 6:27 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I'd like to know how to take it out as well b/c my 03 GP's resevoir must have broken tabs or something b/c it dangles and hits the fender on bumps.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2011 10:55 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Not sure how to remove it. Why do you want to clean it?

If I happen to be running water (summertime) when the cold weather hits, I just spray out all the fluid from the reservoir, and fill up with winter fluid.

Even if you use proper washer fluid in the summertime, 2 bucks in wasted washer fluid is probably better than the hassle of removing the tank, draining and storing the fluid.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 8:46 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

You could get one of those brushes meant to clean decantors (not sure if spelled right) or something of the sort. Not sure how to take it out either but it might end up being a pain. Could throw a cap full of bleach in there as well.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 11:54 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I wouldn't add bleach; if anything, I would just put a new bottle of deicer washer fluid (or washer fluid with a lower freezing point in there).

If you're really all that concerned about what is left, run the pump constantly on a warm day until it is empty to get everything out. If it's still slushy, dump a bottle of rubbing alcohol in it and it should raise the freeze point significantly.

If you really want to get the bottle out to clean it, you will have to jack the car up, take the wheel off, and pull the fender liner off.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 2:04 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

What does the resevoir attach to? B/c mine just seems like its dangling in there not attched to anything. I can see the top tab holding the neck to the fender is broken but other tabs must be too.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 11:26 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

There are three bolts that hold it on inside the fender.

The only thing the bolt does that you can see from the engine compartment is hold the filler neck on. If the bolt is out, you can pull the neck right off the reservoir.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 11:42 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Ya somehow, I wouldnt feel comfortable adding bleach to other chemicals, and spraying it on my windows and possibly getting it on the car...

I would just wait for a decently warm day. empty the washer fluid. refill with water. empty. fill with de icer

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 12:00 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Frank wrote:
There are three bolts that hold it on inside the fender.

The only thing the bolt does that you can see from the engine compartment is hold the filler neck on. If the bolt is out, you can pull the neck right off the reservoir.

Yes, that bolt I can see has a broken tab, but what is weird is that i can grab that whole filler neck and top of the resevoir and wiggle the whole thing back and forth and hear it hit the fender. Is it possible that all the tabs are broken but it still stays in there1?

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 9:51 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

DON'T use bleach.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 1:03 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

While we're talking about this, is there a filter in there somewhere? Just like a little foam thingy to keep the line from getting clogged?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 2:10 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Frank wrote:
There are three bolts that hold it on inside the fender.

The only thing the bolt does that you can see from the engine compartment is hold the filler neck on. If the bolt is out, you can pull the neck right off the reservoir.

Yes, that bolt I can see has a broken tab, but what is weird is that i can grab that whole filler neck and top of the resevoir and wiggle the whole thing back and forth and hear it hit the fender. Is it possible that all the tabs are broken but it still stays in there1?


I'd say pull your passenger side tire and remove the wheel well lining. It's very easy to do, but still not worth the hassle to save a few bucks worth of washer fluid. It's possible that not all years got the exact same reservoir.

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