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How to Fill a Car's Windscreen Wiper Fluid

Safety - 23 January 2019

If your windscreen is as clear as mud, there is a chance you need to refill your windscreen wiper fluid. To ensure the coast is always clear, follow these tips to fill up on wiper fluid:

  • Pop the hood. Look for the washer fluid reservoir. On most cars, the washer fluid reservoir is located at the back of the engine bay, near the base of the windshield. The tank is usually translucent, allowing you to see whether there is fluid in the reservoir or not.
  • Check the level. Many washer fluid reservoirs have marks to show the fluid level. If the tank is less than half-full, you'll need to refill it.
  • Crack down on cracks. While you’re checking your wiper fluid, inspect the tank for cracks or leaks.
  • Fill the gap. Unscrew the washer fluid reservoir and add washer fluid until the reservoir fluid level reaches the "full" mark. You may want to use a funnel to avoid spills. Once you've refilled the tank, replace the cap and close the hood.
  • Test the waters. Turn the car key to the "on" or "accessory" position. This will let you test the washers' performance by turning on your windshield wipers and then the washers. The washers should deliver a steady stream of fluid; if not, you may have to clean the washer nozzles and lines.
  • Come clean. If you’ve followed this list, you’re ready to wash up and drive off with a clean slate!

 

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