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How to Replace Washer Reservoir 01-05 Honda Civic

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  1. step : Removing the Bumper Cover (0:49)
    • Remove the four retaining clips from the top of the bumper
    • Remove the 10mm at the front of the wheel well on each side
    • Pull the wheel well down from the bumper cover on each side
    • Remove the retaining clips from the bottom of the bumper
    • Pull firmly on each side of the bumper cover
    • Remove the bumper cover
  2. step : Removing the Washer Bottle (2:45)
    • Remove the three 10mm bolts from the washer bottle
    • Pull the pump off the bottle
    • Unclip the hose from the bottle
    • Pull the bottle down and out
  3. step : Installing the Washer Bottle (3:38)
    • Insert the washer bottle up into place
    • Tighten the three 10mm bolts to the washer bottle
    • Insert the washer pump into place
    • Clip the washer pump hose into place
    • Refill the washer bottle
  4. step : Reinstalling the Bumper Cover (4:41)
    • Insert the bumper cover into place
    • Insert the four retaining clips to the top of the bumper
    • Install the 10mm to the front of the wheel well on each side
    • Push the inner fender up and in
    • Insert the retaining clips to the bottom of the bumper

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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're going to show you how to replace a washer bottle. This is a 2003 Honda 2-door coupe. This process is basically the same for 2001 to 2005 coupe and sedan. Even though the washer bottles are slightly different between Japan built models and U.S. built models, the process is still the same. The items you'll need include a new washer bottle from, a flat-blade screwdriver, 10mm socket, ratchet and extension, some wire tires if your car is in the same shape as ours, and washer fluid.

Pull the lever right here. Open your hood, secure it with the prop rod. There are four clips at the top to remove. There are indents on each side of the outside so that you can work a screwdriver underneath and pry up the center. Pull the clip up and out. I'll repeat that for the other three.

At the front of the wheel well on each side there's a 10 mm bolt right here you need to remove, and again, this is on each side. Also, on each side, you'll want to pull the wheel well down; this side's very broken on this vehicle, but pull it so it's like this, and it's not holding the bumper cover.

Underneath, there should be a series of these pushpins just like the top. There actually may be a couple of 10mm bolts thrown in as well. This vehicle has run over a few things, and then put together with wire ties. You need to either remove the clips, undo the bolts I'm not even sure how many of them I could tell you should be here, probably anywhere from 6 to 8. We'll go ahead and do that on this car. Release each side by pulling firmly, and then you may have to pull a little bit and it'll come off.

Three 10 mm bolts hold it in place: one's easy to see here, there's one back in here, and then there's one right down here. Take your pump and pull it right out. Once those are out, take this clip out, and then feed your bottle down in.

Ours has aftermarket lights. We loosened up the top two to be able to pull the headlights out a little bit. The bottle should come right down and out.

Reinstall the washer bottle. We are putting the old one back in. We didn't have a new one available for this shot, but you can see the process. Put it back up in, and then make sure it goes into the mounting place nice and free.

Reinstall your three mounting bolts. This one you put in your wrench and guide it right in. Put this back in place. Put your washer pump hose back in place, and the pump back in.

Refill your reservoir. Put the cap back on.

With the bumper cover back in place, make sure you go underneath the latch lever and end up on the headlights. Then put these clips back in to hold it in place. Reinstall this 10mm bolt on each side. Once the bolt's back up in push your fender, inner fender, or in this case what's left of the inner fender, up and in. On this side, this corner's was all broken, so we actually put a plate in there, and screwed it down into the bumper cover. It's not beautiful, but it's going to make at least the bumper cover pretty much stay where it should be. There should be a bunch of clips in here, but they were all missing from this car, so we're going to put it back together the way it came apart using some wire ties, and secure the bottom. Close the hood.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Wire Ties
  • Windshield Washer Fluid

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet
  • Socket Extensions

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 10mm Socket

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