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Window wiper fluid reservoir no longer holds fluid in.

 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 9:13 am    Post subject:  Window wiper fluid reservoir no longer holds fluid in. Reply with quote

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I am not going to be able to look at it until this weekend so before then I am trying to get some advice on where exactly I should be looking.

My warning light came on and told me I was out of wiper fluid. I bought a jug and filled it up. By the time I was done pouring the fluid in all of it had drained out into a big puddle in the parking lot. The stuff is flowing out as fast as it is going in.

I am going to be able to put the car up on a ramp and take a look under there, should I be able to see the bottom of the container easily or will I need to move a bunch of stuff around to get access? Is there a hose or a tube down there that could have popped off?

This isn't a slow drain or leak, the entire gallon or whatever jug is sold of fluid poured out the bottom as fast as I poured it in, it really was completely empty by the time I finished filling it and closed the cap.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:36 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Dont remember if you can see it or not, but definitely sounds like the reservoir either cracked or a hose came off.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 2:03 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Pretty sure you won't be able to see the tank without removing or unfastening the front of the inner fender liner first.

If you want to remove the tank,...

- remove the filler neck from the tank
- remove the passenger headlight
- unfasten the front of the inner fender liner
- undo the pump and sensor connectors
- unhook the washer line from the pump
- remove the 3 bolts that hold the tank in place

I can't remember if you need to remove the wheel or not. You might have enough room.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 2:05 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

ZSPOT wrote:
Pretty sure you won't be able to see the tank without removing or unfastening the front of the inner fender liner first.

If you want to remove the tank,...

- remove the filler neck from the tank
- remove the passenger headlight
- unfasten the front of the inner fender liner
- undo the pump and sensor connectors
- unhook the washer line from the pump
- remove the 3 bolts that hold the tank in place

I can't remember if you need to remove the wheel or not. You might have enough room.


Probably easier, especially playing around with the fender well liner. I always remove my tire at the same time to avoid having to use a phillips socket with 90 degree bend (to remove the lower screw in the front of the fender liner without hitting the tire)

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 2:06 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

ZSPOT wrote:
Pretty sure you won't be able to see the tank without removing or unfastening the front of the inner fender liner first.

If you want to remove the tank,...



Is there a way I can check the hose that is connected to the tank or does that go along with removing the whole thing.

If I do go through the steps you outlines will the hose pull out as well or is there a hard connection someplace at the bottom to whatever intake there is?
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 2:18 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

The hose is connected to the pump,...so it doesn't push fluid through untill you request it. The pump sits vertical in the washer tank also, so that shouldn't be the problem unless the pump fell out. LOL I'd bet either the tank split open, or the level sensor got pulled out somehow.

You can start by moving the fender liner out of the way first, then you should be able to at least see whats going on with the tank.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 5:07 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

ZSPOT wrote:
You can start by moving the fender liner out of the way first, then you should be able to at least see whats going on with the tank.


Do I need to take the tire off or should I be able to pull away enough to see whats in there?
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 1:47 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

You can probably get it out without removing the tire, but you are making your life more difficult than it has to be.

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