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How To Fill Your Car’s Windshield Washer Fluid Properly

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Indian road conditions are very dusty which means we often use the windscreen wiper and washer of our car every few days. This can lead to the depletion of the washer fluid level which will then need to be replaced every few weeks. It is an easy DIY (do it yourself) activity which will hardly take few minutes. Here is how to fill your car’s windshield washer fluid.

1. Open The Bonnet Of The Car

The washer fluid reservoir is located under the bonnet. Hence, the first step is to open the bonnet of your car. For this, pull the bonnet release lever which is usually located on the right side of the steering wheel, just above the pedals. By pulling this lever, the bonnet unlocks and pop opens by a few inches. This allows you to slide your fingers under it and move the locking latch which enables you to lift the bonnet. Use the small flag rod to support the bonnet.

hand opening car's bonnet

2. Locate The Windshield Washer Fluid Reservoir

The reservoir is usually placed on the lower left side of the engine bay and is white or yellow in colour with a windshield/ water symbol on the cap. If your car has a rear wiper, in all probability, there will be a second reservoir placed somewhere in the boot. Refer to the owner’s manual to locate the same.

hand on car's washer liquid reservoir

3. Fill In The Windshield Washer Liquid

Open the cap of the reservoir to fill the wiper fluid. In most cases, we can use normal water as wiper fluid. It works just fine. Owners can also put in a few drops of shampoo but for monsoons and winters, opt for special anti-fog windscreen liquid that helps reduce mist formation. This can be very helpful and helps prevent mist formation. Once you top up the liquid, close the cap properly to avoid evaporation.

hand filling washer liquid in car's reservoir

Do not run the wipers dry when there is no water in the reservoir. Using wipers without water on a dirty windscreen can lead to scratches. For best results, make sure the wipers are also in good condition. With time, the rubber beading becomes hard and gives way. This prevents the wipers from cleaning the screen properly. Replace the wipers when you notice a noise while operating them.

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