How to Refill Your Windshield Wiper Fluid

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Refilling your car’s windshield wiper fluid reservoir is about as easy as filling up your gas tank. It’s even more convenient than pumping gas, considering you can do it right in your garage or driveway. Just follow the 7 steps below.

1. Visit a local auto parts store and purchase a container of windshield washer fluid. You can sometimes even pick these up from your local grocery store in the auto parts aisle. If you live in an especially cold climate, consider buying a bottle of fluid that also contains deicing elements to more easily remove ice from your windshield and to prevent it from forming.

2. Open your car’s hood and secure the metal rod in place to keep the hood from coming back down again.

3. Find the fluid reservoir. This part’s easy. Just look for the white plastic container with the easily removable plastic cap. The reservoir might even have the words “Washer Fluid” printed on it, making matters even simpler.

4. Remove the cap from the reservoir and set it aside.

5. Pour the windshield washer fluid directly into the reservoir through the opening where the cap sits. Although you can use a funnel to make sure you don’t spill any of the washer fluid, it’s also easily doable without a funnel if you exercise a bit of care.

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6. Fill the reservoir to the indicator. Keep in mind that the liquid can expand as your car heats up, so don’t overfill it. Your best bet is to fill it about three quarters of the way full.

7. Secure the reservoir cap back into place, and close your hood.

How do you know when you need to refill your windshield wiper fluid reservoir? That’s also easy. Some cars come with an indicator that will light up on your dashboard to tell you if the fluid level is low and needs refilling. Most of the time, though, it’s easy to tell by simply testing the sprayer. If little to no fluid comes out, or if the spray is noticeably weak, it’s time to put your newly learned skill to the test.

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