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How to Remove Washer Fluid Reservoir 09-18 Ram 1500

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How to Remove Washer Fluid Reservoir 09-18 Ram 1500

Created on: 2018-06-11

How to repair, install, fix, change or replace a broken, damaged, split or leaking windshield washer bottle / reservoir on 16 Ram 1500

  1. step 1 :Removing the Grille
    • Pry up the push clips from the radiator shield with a pry tool
    • Remove the shield
    • Remove the 10mm bolts from the grille
    • Press in the clips with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Insert a trim tool underneath the grille to release the clips
    • Remove the grille
  2. step 2 :Removing the Washer Reservoir
    • Disconnect the washer pump connector
    • Have a drain pan ready
    • Disconnect the washer pump hose with a 90 degree pick
    • Let the fluid drain
    • Remove the 10mm bolt from the washer reservoir
    • Lift the reservoir out
    • Disconnect the level sensor electrical connector
    • Remove the reservoir
  3. step 3 :Installing the Washer Reservoir
    • Connect the level sensor electrical connector
    • Tighten the 10mm bolt to the reservoir
    • Connect the hose to the washer pump
    • Connect the electrical connector
  4. step 4 :Installing the Grille
    • Line the tabs on the grille with the slots on the vehicle
    • Press the grille into place
    • Tighten the 10mm bolts to the grille
    • Insert the radiator shield into place
    • Press the push pins to the cover

Tools needed for replacement

  • General Tools


  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions


  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    10mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

    Trim Tool Set

Installation Video
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Hi, I’m Mike from 1A Auto. We’ve been selling auto parts for over 30 years!

In this video, we are going to be removing and reinstalling a washer fluid reservoir in a 2016 Ram 1500 pickup. If you need parts for your vehicle, click the link in the description, and head over to

We're going to open the hood right under your steering wheel. This little lever pops the hood. The hood safety latch is right here. I'm going to pull it to the left and pull up. We're going to pull this panel off. There's some clips. You're going to use a clip tool to get underneath here. There's one over here too. It's easier if you go under it and pry up on it. You could go underneath the clip and pry, but sometimes you break the clip, so we'll just go underneath it and pry up. Pry that up, and then we just pull this off and pull it out of the way.

We're going to take these four bolts out right here. They're 10 millimeters. We use a 10-millimeter socket and a ratchet. So down here, there's a clip that holds it in. I'm going to use a flat blade screwdriver. These clips sometimes break, so just be careful. Just pop it out like that, and there's another clip further down. You can't see it. And then on the other side is the same. Clip right there. Pull that out.

Then we're going to use some trim tools. We actually sell these at We're going to go under here. You want to be careful not to scratch the paint. But there is some of the retainers under here. And I'll show you these better once the grille is out. Okay, right there. Well, and then we're going to grab on the grille and pull forward, release that one. There's one over here as well, and then there's also one in the middle. Go ahead and release this, and then there's one more in the middle here. The whole grille comes out.

All right, to get this pump out, we're going to remove this wire over here. Pull that out, and we'll disconnect the connector right here. I'm going to use a flat blade tool. Pry that, and then you can pull up on the connector right there and just put the tool in there. And that'll move the lock. Or you can use your finger. And then we'll pull this hose. When we pull this hose off, the washer fluid's going to go all over the place, so have a bucket underneath, or if your system's empty, it's not going to matter.

Going to use a 90-degree pick. Stick it in underneath the hose. Just work it around a little bit. It'll break the seal, and then I should be able to push it off. Pull that out of the way. All right, now we're going to take this bolt out. It's a 10 millimeter. We're going to use a socket and a ratchet. Next, we have to pull this bolt out down here, so I'm going to use a universal, an extension, a 10-millimeter, and a ratchet. Try to get this out without dropping it. Next, we're going to pull straight up. There's these little locks that were locked in. I'm going to pull out. There's some wires in the back that are connected.

There's a connection right here. There's a little red lock on the connector. I'm going to use a straight blade screwdriver. Pull up on the lock, and then we can push down with our fingers. Then we can pull it right out. Going to reconnect our washer level sensor on the back, and then push down on the red lock. Then this wiring harness gets pushed in on the back here. Then these two lock tabs are going to go slip down there.

Take our top 10-millimeter bolt and start that. Before we tighten that, we can put our bottom one in. Get the bottom one started. Once that one's in, we can snug this one down. Tighten that down. We can go to the top one, tighten the top one up. Snug that up. Remember, it's plastic, so you don't want it too tight. Next, we can take our hose and our wiring harness. Slip it over here.

Going to put the hose on the pump first. It's a little tricky to get in here, but push it on. Push it down onto the pump. Probably want to go a little bit further. That looks good right there. Push the hose in this groove here, and then we'll connect this electrical connector for the pump, and then push this wire into that groove. We're going to put this on. Keep in mind to keep this up, that little rubber piece. Going to line up those.

We're going to line these lock tabs with those holes. If you get it lined up up top, you can push in the bottom and it should lock in. So we have these four 10-millimeter bolts that are going back in. These ones are going to go into the plastic, the ones that look more aggressive and the tighter threads. These will go right there. And then these little ones are going to go in the center into the metal frame. So we'll start all those first. Now we'll tighten these down with our 10-millimeter socket and extension and ratchet. Tighten it snug. And the last one. We're going to put this cover on. Get all the holes lined up for the pushpins. Push those in. Then, right there.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Pick

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 10mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

  • Trim Tool Set

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