Introduced in 2001, the Hyundai Santa Fe is a compact/midsize crossover SUV. If your Santa Fe's windshield-washer reservoir clogs or corrodes, and you find that you need to change the tubing, there is no need to waste extra time or money by sending your vehicle to a mechanic. Pick up a few items and replace the windshield-washer tubing yourself.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Pin or sewing needle (optional)
- Hose cutter
- Vacuum connectors
Find out if your windshield-washer tubing is merely clogged. Sometimes the tiny holes on the ball of the sprayer get clogged from washer fluid build-up or from hard water. You don't need to replace the tubing if this is the case; simply use a pin or sewing needle to poke a hole to eliminate any debris.
Purchase windshield-washer tubing from a car parts store. The tubing might also be referred to as vacuum tubing. There are no specific part numbers to search for.
Locate the blue-capped, windshield-washer fluid reservoir. Find it near the bottom left corner of the engine compartment. It's directly behind the passenger-side headlamp.
Remove the tubing. Be careful around the vacuum connectors. Try not to break or disfigure them if you plan to reuse them.
Hold up the old windshield-washer tubing if you plan to replace the entire section. Place the new tubing next to the old, and use the old as a guide to the length your Santa Fe needs. Use a hose cutter to cut enough of the new tubing to fit your vehicle.
Place the new tubing in your Santa Fe. Use the old connectors, or insert the new ones, and ensure the tubing doesn't interfere with any other engine parts. When closing the hood, be extra cautious to assure the tubing doesn't get bent.
Tips and warnings
- If the crack in your Santa Fe's tubing is small, try patching it instead of replacing the tube. Cut away the torn tubing, and use a connector attachment to secure the new piece to the old, intact piece.