Can you fix your vehicle’s windshield washer fluid hose on your own? Yes, but you must know where it is and how to get it out.
This article will brief you about the process of replacing the hose. It also has some suggestions on what you can do if you deem it unnecessary to replace the hose or you want to try fixing it up first.
The tube or fluid hose transports the fluid to the nozzles from the reservoir. These tubes are made of plastic, so they are bound to get brittle through time.
This article offers an easy step-by-step guide to understand the process even if you haven’t done something like this before.
- It lists out the tools you’ll need to replace the faulty tubes.
- It gives you an idea of where the tube is situated and how to remove it.
- It briefs you about the process of replacing the faulty hose.
Things You’ll Need:
- Small flathead screwdriver
- Replacement for the windshield washer tube
How to Fix Windshield Washer Fluid Hose?
Beginners can easily understand how the windshield washer system works. You will find the pump in the washer bottle, which will draw fluid when the washer button is pushed. This is how the water reaches your windshield.
You will know that there is a problem when the water no longer reaches the windshield. Aside from getting inconvenienced, you have to fix this problem before molds develop in the tube.
The small plastic tube becomes brittle through time due to its position and the effect of the engine’s heat.
If you think that the damage doesn’t call for a replacement, you can cut out the damaged part using a pair of pliers and reconnect the tubes by inserting a 6 mm fuel hose, which you will secure using cable ties.
To make it more lasting, the best option is to replace the fluid hose or the tube. You need to follow these steps to get this done:
Open the vehicle's hood, and check where the windshield washer tube is. You can typically find it running from the pump to the nozzles of the engine compartment.
Use your hand to pull the tube straight off the pump carefully.
Pop out the hood insulator retainers near the nozzle by using a flathead screwdriver before pulling them back.
Pull to remove the tube at the nozzle.
Use a small screwdriver to pull out the washer tube from the retainer clips.
Pull out the tube before mounting a new one as a replacement.
Carefully push the tube to attach it to the nozzle, and press it to the retaining clip.
Put the hood insulator back in place, and press the retaining clips to make it secure.
Here’s an informative video you can watch to understand the hose’s location to get an idea of where to begin repairing/replacing the system’s problematic parts.
Most of the SUVs, trucks, and cars sold in the US come with two independent washer hoses typically located beneath the hood’s underside. It can be challenging to see them without opening the insulated material first.
You have to repair or replace the damaged tubes once you have seen the warning signs. The longer you wait, the further the damage your windshield washer system will accumulate.
You have to determine the early signs of a failing washer hose, which include the following:
- The most common sign is the failure of the windshield to spray fluid. This means that the fluid has a hard time flowing consistently to the nozzles, which is why it no longer reaches the windshield.
- If you keep your tank full with regular water instead of washer fluid, it can cause the growth of mold inside the tubes, along with other engine problems. When the tubes develop molds, the flow of the fluid in the nozzles becomes restrictive.
To fix your vehicle’s windshield washer fluid hose, you must familiarize yourself with the number of hoses and where they are situated. You have to look for ways to reach the problematic tubes to determine if you can still repair them or it is best to have them replaced.
Replacing the problematic tubes is easy and will only require two tools – a small flathead screwdriver and a replacement for the windshield washer tube.
It is important to determine the problem early on to prevent it from causing more problems not only in the nozzle connected to the windshield but to your vehicle’s engine.
What are you waiting for? It’s time to practice what you have learned. Open the hood of your vehicle and check the washer fluid tubes if they show any sign that they require repair or replacement.