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Windshield Washer Reservoir Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Windshield Washer Reservoir Replacement

Jared Fenton

Time:

3 hours3 hrs

Tab:

$30

Talent:

***

Tools:

T25 Torx driver, drain pan

Applicable Models:

Volvo C30 T5 (2008-13)
Volvo C30 T5 R-Design (2008-13)

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 about three hours.

The reservoir is located at the left hand side up under the bumper cover. You'll need to remove the front bumper cover to gain access to the reservoir. Please see our article on Front Bumper Cover Removal for more information.

Shown here is the reservoir after the front bumper cover is removed.
Figure 1

Shown here is the reservoir after the front bumper cover is removed. Locate the pump (green arrow) on the inside and gently pull it out of the reservoir. You'll want to have a drain pan underneath if there is still fluid inside.

Let the reservoir drain completely before removing it.
Figure 2

Let the reservoir drain completely before removing it.

Loosen and remove the T25 Torx screw holding the reservoir to the front fender (green arrow).
Figure 3

Loosen and remove the T25 Torx screw holding the reservoir to the front fender (green arrow).

Loosen and remove the T25 Torx screw holding the reservoir to the frame near the front of the car (green arrow).
Figure 4

Loosen and remove the T25 Torx screw holding the reservoir to the frame near the front of the car (green arrow).

Now locate the electrical connector for the fluid level sensor.
Figure 5

Now locate the electrical connector for the fluid level sensor. Press the tab (green arrow) and pull the electrical connector off. Pull the wiring harness out of the indentations in the tank. Then loosen and remove the last T25 Torx screw holding the reservoir to the frame near the transmission (yellow arrow).

You'll now need to lower the tank down slightly to pull the hose (green arrow) off the top of the reservoir.
Figure 6

You'll now need to lower the tank down slightly to pull the hose (green arrow) off the top of the reservoir. You'll then need to pull the filler neck (yellow arrow) out of the reservoir.

Lower the reservoir down and pop the sensor (green arrow) off the side.
Figure 7

Lower the reservoir down and pop the sensor (green arrow) off the side. When installing the new reservoir, simply pop the sensor into the new tank along with the hoses and electrical connections.

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