Many faces this scene, where their wiper has gone far past the expiry date while sitting in their reservoir. So, for the sake of your windshield, you’re going to have to drain it out and pour a new bottle. Here, we’re gonna look at how you can drain it out.
Steps to Drain Windshield Wiper Fluid
Whether you own a new or old car, the need for draining windshield wiper fluid may occur at any time. It’s always better to deal with something familiar. Here are the steps to help you do the work accordingly and accurately.
Step 1: Loosen the Hose
Undo the hose at the bottom of the reservoir by a plier. But some models offer a metal hose clamp that can be loosened with a flat screwdriver to pull the hose off. Take a look at which model is provided with your car and be ready with the equipment.
Step 2: Let the Liquid Flow
Unscrew the wiper fluid container. Try to seek help from an experienced hand. Then get a funnel or pipe and place it on top of the washer fluid jug. Place this set up under the exposed reservoir and let the liquid pour into the container.
Drain it fully. If the fluid doesn’t flow automatically, you may need to use any bendy pipe on the hose and suck it until the fluid comes out. It’s suggested to use a see-through pipe.
Step 3: Reconnect the Hose
After the liquid is all out, don’t forget to reconnect the hose. Put it back the way it was and take away the container setup. Carefully check either you’ve done the reconnection correctly or not.
Step 4: Refill the Washer Bottle
Now you can refill the washer bottle with the liquid you want to use or you’re familiar with. You can use a fully new liquid or you can add something with the old one or you can also pour the old one to have a fresh start. You can use methylated spirit or cleaning alcohol diluted in water to get a nice smell with good output.
Steps to Drain Frozen Windshield Wiper Fluid
The windshield wipers save you in turbulent weather. But for that, you have to remember that windshield wiper fluids freeze in the winter season. To accurately remove ice from your wiper blades, it’s best to use an exclusive wiper fluid including a de-icing agent.
Step 1: Make the Mixture
To resolve this problem first you need to make a mixture that will prevent the liquid from freezing up. You can be ready with Methyl Hydrate or you can add de-icing agent with the washer fluid. But remember not to make the mixture dilute.
Step 2: Fill the Reservoir
Locate the cap marked with windshield water fluid. Now pour the liquid you made with the de-icing agent in the reservoir. This liquid will work fine in winter weather without, the de-icing agent will prevent the liquid from freezing.
Step 3: Wipe the Wiper Blades
You can wipe the wiper blades gently with a rag soaked with the liquid you made to remove the last amount of ice. If any ice build-up while using wiper blades and washing fluid, it will de-ice automatically if you squirrel the washer fluid and let the wiper blades do the work on the windshield.
When and Why to Drain Windshield Wiper Fluid?
The reservoir needs to be flushed to keep it clean. If you use it for a long time without draining, strains may appear on your windshield. Besides, you may also need to drain your wiper fluid if it’s not the one you’re used to or you want to use something better.
You should change the washer fluid at every service interval, at a switch in seasons, or when it dries out. You can bug wash your windshield to clean dirt and bugs. It may lessen the durability of changing washer fluid. But you should change the fluid in winter after bug washing in summer.
Being the owner, a lack of maintenance can cause great damage to your vehicle. The steps may seem tricky but when you’ll start to follow, the process will get easier. The windshield is a sensitive part and the wiper fluid is the key to make it shine. So, know the steps accurately and drain when needed.