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Repairing Windshield Wiper Fluid Resevoir

It's happened to us all at least once. We would be driving along, and a bug hits the windshield, or a passing semi splashes slush onto our windshield. You sigh and activate the wiper fluid lever, and... nothing but the sound of your wipers grinding against your windshield. Wait a minute... didn't you just fill your wiper fluid reservoir with fluid not to long ago? Chances are, something, either act of god or a heat wave cause the plastic container to rupture and leak. Time to go buy a new one? Not really, save money and just patch it. So what do you need?
-an ordinary plastic milk jug (I suggest a gallon size since you don't know how big the rupture is)
-model cement (the beautiful thing about modeling glue/cement, is that it "melts" and bonds two different types of plastic together that normally wouldn't work together)
-pliers/screw driver (phillips or flat tip)

The first step is to unplug the tubes that go to the reservoir, there should only be one. Next you want to remove any screws or fastenings that hold the reservoir to the body. After you have done that, take a look and see where the rupture or hole is. Then cut a piece of milk jug to fit over the rupture or hole.
What you want to do next is use your model cement and place a thing bead first around the hole/rupture, and another bead close to the edge of the piece your going to fit over. Place the piece over the hole/rupture and hold in place for at least one minute. Let your repair cure over night before adding liquid to test the repair.
The next day, add fluid so that it's above where the hole/rupture origionally was. If it holds and there's no leaks, then good job!! You just patched a hold in the reservoir and saved yourself some money. All that's left to do is just mount it back and place, and enjoy your day.

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