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Pelican Technical Article:

Windshield Washer Reservoir Replacement

Jared Fenton

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$40

Talent:

**

Tools:

10mm socket with extension, turkey baster

Applicable Models:

VW Jetta GL (1999-05)
VW Jetta GLS (1999-05)
VW Jetta Wolfsburg (1999)

Parts Required:

Washer reservoir

Hot Tip:

Drain the reservoir before removing it

Performance Gain:

You can again wash the windshield

Complementary Modification:

Replace wiper blades

Over time, the windshield washer reservoir can crack along its seams, leaving you with a constant low washer fluid level error message and prevent you from keeping either the headlights or windshield clean. The good news is that the replacement reservoir is relatively inexpensive and can be changed in under an hour.

Be sure to drain the reservoir beforehand if it's still full. You can either use a turkey baster to suck the fluid out from the top, or pull the washer pump out and let all the fluid drain out below.

Begin by pulling the wiper fluid pump (green arrow) up and out of the reservoir.
Figure 1

Begin by pulling the wiper fluid pump (green arrow) up and out of the reservoir. Be prepared for some fluid to spill out. Next, press the tab on the electrical connector leading to the fluid level sensor (yellow arrow) and pull the connector off.

Loosen and remove the plastic 10mm nut (green arrow) holding the reservoir to the chassis at the bottom.
Figure 2

Loosen and remove the plastic 10mm nut (green arrow) holding the reservoir to the chassis at the bottom.

Now loosen and remove the upper plastic 10mm nut (green arrow) holding the reservoir to the chassis at the top.
Figure 3

Now loosen and remove the upper plastic 10mm nut (green arrow) holding the reservoir to the chassis at the top.

The last step is to maneuver the reservoir out from the inside of the engine bay.
Figure 4

The last step is to maneuver the reservoir out from the inside of the engine bay. Installing the new reservoir is the reverse of removal.

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