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How To Replace Washer Bottle 04-08 Nissan Maxima

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How To Replace Washer Bottle 04-08 Nissan Maxima

Created on: 2021-01-16

Check out this video to learn how to replace the windshield washer bottle on your 04-08 Nissan Maxima. 1A Auto makes it easy by showing you the steps.

  1. step 1 :Removing the Fascia
    • Pry up on the center of each clip on either side of the front bumper
    • Remove the two Phillips screws underneath the front bumper
    • Peel back the inner fender
    • Remove the 10mm bolt behind the fender and underneath the front bumper
    • Remove the six pins from the splash guard with needle nose pliers
    • Pull firmly on each side of the bumper
    • Pull the fascia up and off
  2. step 2 :Draining the Washer Bottle
    • Place a drip pan underneath the washer bottle
    • Disconnect the washer motor wiring harness
    • Remove the washer tube at the bottom of the washer bottle
    • Remove the washer motor
    • Remove the washer bottle cap
    • Let the washer bottle drain
  3. step 3 :Removing the Washer Bottle
    • Twist the washer filter counterclockwise
    • Pull the washer filter up and out
    • Separate the harness from the washer bottle
    • Remove the sensor wiring harness
    • Remove the three 10mm bolts from the washer bottle
    • Pull the washer bottle down and out
  4. step 4 :Installing the New Washer Bottle
    • Insert the washer bottle up into place
    • Insert and tighten the three 10mm bolts to the washer bottle
    • Clip and connect in the washer tube
    • Connect the sensor wiring harness
    • Connect the washer motor
    • Connect the motor wiring harness
    • Push in the washer filter
  5. step 5 :Refilling the Washer Bottle
    • Insert a filter into the washer bottle
    • Fill the bottle with the appropriate amount of washer fluid
    • Replace the washer bottle cap
  6. step 6 :Installing the Fascia
    • Insert the fascia into place
    • Replace the two clips on either end of the bumper
    • Push either end of the bumper into place
    • Insert the six splash shield clips into place
    • Insert the 10mm bolts behind the fender and underneath the bumper
    • Insert the two Phillips screws underneath the bumper

Tools needed for replacement

  • General Tools


  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

    Windshield Washer Fluid

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

    Needle nose pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions


  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

    Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    10mm Socket

Installation Video
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Hi, I'm Mike from 1A Auto. I hope this how-to video helps you out, and next time you need parts for your vehicle, think of Thanks.

In this video, we show you how to remove and reinstall the windshield washer bottle on this 2005 Nissan Maxima. It's pretty much the same as any 2004 to 2008. These can get damaged in a slight front-end collision. They can also crack and break from time to time because they're not in the most hospitable location in the video. Tools you'll need are a flat blade screwdriver, pliers, Phillips screwdriver, 10mm socket with ratchet and extension, and flashlight. You do need to remove the front bumper cover, but don't let that concern you too much because it is not that difficult.

Start with your hood open and remove two clips. One here: using a flat blade screwdriver, pry up on the center, then pull the clip up and out. Do the same thing over here on this side. Pry up on the center up underneath in front of the wheels are two Phillips screws. You'll want to remove those. Then pull this out and hold your inner fender like that. Then pull this back. You can see the back of your sidelight, it's a little hard to film, but there's the connection right here. There's a tab on the outside. Pull that tab and disconnect it.

Up inside, there's a 10mm bolt that you'll want to remove. Also, if you reach your hand a little further up in, you'll feel another one of those bolts. Generally, I find the best tool is a socket with an extension and ratchet. Just going to fast-forward through removing those two bolts. Obviously I'm doing this on the passenger side. You want to repeat the same procedure on the other side. There's a series of pins on top, and there are six right across here. It looks like this vehicle has been apart, it only has two of the original ones. One is missing there, and then it's got kind of a different style over here. The other option is you can take this apart up here which has the same thing, a series of pins. You can see on this vehicle it's actually a bolt here and no pins here. It looks like they might have superglued this together. I'll fast forward again here.

Again as I'm pulling the clips out, just like on top, you pry this center out and then pull the clip down. On the bottom, they're a little more difficult usually, because sand and dirt has gotten in and it makes the clip difficult to get apart, so you'll probably need a screwdriver as well as a pair of needle nose pliers. Once you've got those fasteners off, pull firmly on the side, out and firm. Grab it by the sides here. Pull forward, and the whole fascia comes off.

I've got a catch pan underneath. If your reservoir has been broken, you may not have as much fluid in it, but you can disconnect your washer motor right here, push down on a tab, and pull out. You can then remove this hose here. We'll start the drain process, hook in the drain process, and pull your motor out.

To further speed draining, you need to take your cap off, and that allows it to drain quicker. Grab the top of your washer fill, twist counterclockwise and pull it up and out. Any kind of pliers, just pinch these little tabs and separate the harness from the wall. There's also another harness plug right under here which is your low fluid. Press in the tab and pull down.

Here's my 10mm socket with the ratchet extension. The other pull is way back in there. I've got a long extension and a flexible joint. You can get it with just regular tools, it's just a little harder to get to. Obviously, it's a lot easier if you have the long extension and the joint. The bolt here. I'll fast-forward as I remove that bolt the rest of the way, and then remove the bolt that's further towards the front. Then there's one more bolt to hold again. The last bolt is right here. It comes down.

The installation: we put it up into place, goes up to the right spot. Screw this over first. I'm just going to speed it up here. So, I start my first two bolts that are easy to get to, then I use my long extension and my flexible joint and get that third bolt in. Then tighten them all up nice and firm. They should be tight, but they don't have to be cranked real tight. You don't want to overtighten them and break the new bottle.

Put on that. Put washer two back in. Put these clips back on. Reconnect the sensor. Make sure the motor is going into the grommet. I push the motor in firmly. Reconnect and make sure that we reconnect our washer too. Take your fill tube and put it down in. It actually goes in like that, with this part facing forward. Goes down in, push it down, and then turn it clockwise. Lock it in place.

You might be able to see this little orange funnel there I'm using. I did clean that catch pan very thoroughly before hand, so I'm confident that the fluid going there is nice and clean. I basically pour it all in, except for the last little bit, because usually, if there is anything big, it settles down to the bottom.

Put the fascia in. You put the fascia on, and then you put your two pins in the top, and just a note here, you can see that the grille is not there. I did do another video for replacing the grille, so you don't remove the grille. Don't feel you need to do that, I just shot it that way basically.

When you take your fascia off, you can leave that on and then attach everything. You want to push it in. Go underneath and make sure that's over. See everything on the side and over. I'm just going to speed it up as I put those clips in the bottom of that panel. Load the bolts in here, then what you can do is kind of pull out on your fender.

You can put the bolt up through first, and push it in, and start it into the fender. Actually that is started. Then start this one, same thing, you kind of hook it up through, get it in, start it in the fender. Starts getting tight. Kind of push in on your fender a little bit, and make it nice and flush. Here, I'm just reaching in, grabbing the harness for that corner light, and plugging it back in. Push your fender back up and in. Now, reinstall the two Phillips screws underneath. Obviously, repeat the procedures for the other side, and you should be all set.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Flashlight

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Windshield Washer Fluid

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Needle nose pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 10mm Socket

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