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How much does it cost to replace a windshield washer reservoir?

You can expect an average total replacement cost of $183 for a windshield washer reservoir replacement, with $90 for parts and $93 for mechanic labor. The exact price will depend on your vehicle.
How long does it take to replace a windshield washer reservoir? In general, it takes around 0.8 hours for a certified mechanic to complete the job. Your mechanic will perform a preliminary inspection to determine if a replacement is necessary, then follow through with the full replacement. 
Here’s an overview of windshield washer reservoir replacement costs for different vehicles:
Windshield washer reservoir replacement cost for various vehicles
Estimate DateCustomerCarFair Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostLabor Time
May 18, 2024
BMW 428
$229
$86
$144
1.1 Hours
May 18, 2024
Smart Fortwo
$212
$86
$126
1.1 Hours
May 17, 2024
Mini Cooper
$222
$86
$136
1.1 Hours
May 15, 2024
Toyota Prius
$225
$86
$140
1.1 Hours
May 15, 2024
Hummer H2
$224
$86
$138
1.1 Hours
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How did we estimate these prices?

Jerry's experts researched and collected data from 2500+ real repair shops in all 50 states in the US, including everything from the total cost of repair services to the hourly labor cost for mechanic labor in each shop. We combined that data with our expert database of hundreds of real repair jobs, thousands of real cars, millions of real car part prices in order to best estimate the cost of each repair service. Our labor cost estimate is calculated by taking the average hourly labor rate for a certified mechanic in the US, times the number of hours it takes on average to complete a repair. We recommend you compare your local shops with Jerry and contact those shops directly to get final pricing for your vehicle.

What parts do I need for my windshield washer reservoir replacement?

A typical windshield washer reservoir replacement requires minimal parts, including:
  1. Windshield washer reservoir: The windshield washer reservoir is a 1- to 1.5-gallon container that holds the cleaning fluid for your windshield, and it is the main component of the replacement. A new windshield washer reservoir tank can cost anywhere from $50 and $150.
Some reputable brands we recommend include Dorman, ACDelco, and Genuine Parts Company (GPC) for reliable and quality windshield washer reservoir replacements. You can typically purchase these brands from retailers such as AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts, and O'Reilly Auto Parts, both online and in-store. However, like price, recommended brands may also vary depending on your vehicle's specific year, make, and model.
When looking for a new windshield washer reservoir, aftermarket parts might be better than OEM parts. While OEM reservoirs are guaranteed to fit your vehicle, buying aftermarket parts will help you save money, and with proper research, you can find a reliable aftermarket windshield washer reservoir that works with your vehicle.
Just remember that aftermarket parts won’t be protected by the same warranty as OEM parts.
Parts for your windshield washer reservoir replacement can be purchased at the following places: 
  • The manufacturer/dealership: The dealership or manufacturer will sell OEM parts made for your vehicle
  • Auto parts shops or auto body retailers: Automotive shops and retailers like AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts, and O'Reilly Auto Parts sell OEM or aftermarket parts
  • Online retailers: Online retailers such as eBay and Amazon sell aftermarket parts

Where can I get my windshield washer reservoir replaced?

With the rundown on 2,500+ vetted repair shops nationwide, Jerry's
GarageGuard™
can make the search for a mechanic to replace your windshield washer fluid reservoir a lot easier.
Jerry's GarageGuard™ compares fair price estimates from local shops using actual hourly rates. You’ll be able to budget for diagnostic fees and see reviews from previous customers to make sure you’ll be happy with your service.
Here’s a look at some of our vetted shops below—and you can download the app to compare car repair quotes in your area.
196 Reviews
SpeeDee Oil Change & Auto Service - Kenner, LA
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3211 Williams Blvd, New Orleans, LA
Windshield Washer Reservoir Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$220
(Parts - $95, Labor - $125)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$120
104 Reviews
Import Auto Service
address
6540 Edsall Rd, Springfield, VA
Windshield Washer Reservoir Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$220
(Parts - $95, Labor - $125)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$150
105 Reviews
Velasquez Auto Care - Palatine
address
1450 N Rand Rd, Palatine, IL
Windshield Washer Reservoir Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$200
(Parts - $95, Labor - $105)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$120
176 Reviews
Z Auto Service LLC
address
1231 W Lehigh Pl, Englewood, CO
Windshield Washer Reservoir Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$230
(Parts - $95, Labor - $135)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$150
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How did we vet these shops?

Jerry experts researched 2500+ real repair shops across the US. We talked to real shop customers, and analyzed both real shop pricing data and thousands of real customer reviews from each shop to verify them individually. We do not partner with the shops listed above, and our analysis is always unbiased.

How will a mechanic replace my windshield washer reservoir?

If you plan to take your vehicle to a mechanic to complete your windshield washer reservoir—or you intend to do it yourself—these are the typical steps for a replacement:
  1. Preparation: Open the vehicle hood and remove any necessary parts to access the windshield washer reservoir.
  2. Removal: Unbolt and remove the reservoir from the inner fender.
  3. Cleaning: Flush out the washer lines and clean the contacts on the harness plug and washer pump.
  4. Reassembly: Connect and install the new windshield washer reservoir.
  5. Refill:
    Fill the new reservoir
    with a new gallon of washer fluid.

What happens if I don’t replace my windshield washer reservoir?

If you don’t replace a bad windshield washer reservoir, your windshield could remain dirty—especially if you live in a colder climate or frequently drive on dirt roads—making it difficult to see out of your vehicle while driving. 
You need to see clearly to drive safely, so having a functional windshield washer reservoir is pretty important!

What is a windshield washer reservoir?

The windshield washer reservoir—also called the windshield wiper fluid reservoir—is a 1- to 1.5-gallon plastic container that houses the cleaning fluid for your windshield. It works together with other components of the windshield washer system, including the windshield washer pump and nozzles, to keep your windshield clean. 
The fluid is responsible for removing all kinds of dirt and grime to ensure you can see the road ahead of you, and the reservoir itself is resistant to antifreeze and ethanol.

When should I replace the windshield washer reservoir on my car?

The plastic walls of your windshield washer reservoir can crack or break if you run out of washer fluid. The mounting holes can also break as the vehicle vibrates and loosens the bolts holding the reservoir in place, causing the reservoir to be incapable of holding washer fluid.
If you have a broken windshield washer reservoir, you might encounter the following:
  • Low or no pressure when activating the windshield washers
  • Having to refill the reservoir more than usual
  • Wiper fluid leakage underneath your vehicle

How often should a windshield washer reservoir be replaced?

Windshield washer reservoirs are meant to last many years, if not the lifetime of your vehicle. However, they can wear out or become damaged, so it’s best to watch for signs of a broken windshield washer reservoir to know when a replacement is necessary.

Can I replace my windshield washer reservoir myself?

Your vehicle’s windshield washer reservoir is a fairly easy part to replace, so you can complete the job at home. However, your vehicle will determine the ease of the replacement—for example, the windshield washer reservoir on a Honda Civic or Toyota Camry will be much easier to replace than a Porsche or BMW’s.

FAQs

The plastic walls of your windshield washer reservoir can crack or break if you run out of washer fluid, and the mounting holes can break as the vehicle vibrates, causing the reservoir to leak washer fluid.
To fix your vehicle’s windshield washer reservoir, you will remove the reservoir, flush out the washer lines, install the new reservoir, and then fill the reservoir with a new gallon of washer fluid. Your mechanic will complete the replacement service, or you can do the job yourself to reduce repair costs.
In most cases, windshield washer reservoirs are made from polyethylene plastic.

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