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How to Check Your Windshield Wiper Fluid

Checking your windshield wiper fluid is not like checking your oil—it doesn’t have a dipstick. You simply fill it up or top it off until it’s full.

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How to change windshield wiper fluidPhoto: Shutterstock

Tools Required

Changing your windshield wiper fluid is an easy two-step process that any driver can master. Read on for a step-by-step guide on how to check your windshield wiper fluid.

  • Funnel

Materials Required

  • Windshield washer fluid

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How to change windshield wiper fluid - Locate resevoirPhoto: Shutterstock

Step 1: Locate the Reservoir

  • Release the latch of your car’s hood and hold it open with the hood prop rod.
  • Look for the wiper fluid reservoir fill cap. It could be on either side of the engine compartment near the front fenders, but sometimes it’s at the back near the base of the windshield.

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How to change windshield wiper fluid - Pouring fluid inPhoto: Shutterstock

Step 2: Fill It Up

  • Pop the cap open and pour the wiper fluid directly into the reservoir until it is full—a funnel works well for this. Most reservoirs hold one gallon of wiper fluid.
  • Close the cap tightly, reset the hood prop rod and gently close the hood.

Next, learn how to replace windshield wiper blades.

Originally Published on The Family Handyman