How to Change the Windshield Washer Fluid in a VW Passat

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According to Volkswagen, your Passat is an efficient mid-sized car that's "engineering for the Autobahn, but priced for the people." Maybe you don't drive at Autobahn speeds, but a clear windshield is still an essential part of maintaining your car's safety. Here's how you can replenish your Passat's windshield washer fluid and enjoy clean glass for miles to come.

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Things you need

  • Funnel
  • Windshield washer fluid

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  1. 1

    Turn off your Passat and remove the keys from its ignition.

  2. 2

    Tug on the hood release latch located beneath the instrument panel and to the left of the steering column.

  3. 3

    Step out of the car and find the auxiliary release latch located beneath the center of its hood. Lift the latch to open the hood.

  4. 4

    Use the prop rod from the edge of the engine compartment to hold the hood open. Make sure the rod is securely fastened against the hood before continuing.

  5. 5

    Find the windshield washer fluid reservoir near the bottom left corner of the engine compartment.

  6. 6

    Pull the reservoir cap open and place a funnel into the opening.

  7. 7

    Pour the additional washer fluid into the reservoir until it's nearly full. Then, top it off with a few drops of fluid to make sure it's completely full.

  8. 8

    Remove the funnel, close the reservoir cap and lower the hood.

Tips and warnings

  • Use windshield washer fluid with antifreeze protection if you regularly drive your Passat in temperatures below 40 degrees F.
  • You can purchase washer fluid from your local Volkswagen dealer or any auto parts store.

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