How to Replace Windshield-Washer Tubing in a Honda CR-V

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Introduced to the public in 1996, the Honda CR-V is a compact SUV that needs proper upkeep like any automobile. You may find there comes a time when you need to replace the windshield-washer tubing in your CR-V. By properly installing a few items, you can be on the way to wiping away any precipitation or dirt that comes across your windshield.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Pin or sewing needle (optional)
  • Windshield-washer tubing
  • Hose cutter
  • Vacuum connectors

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  1. 1

    Determine if your windshield-washer tubing is clogged. Occasionally the little holes on the ball of the sprayer become clogged from washer fluid build-up or from hard water. You wouldn'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.

  2. 2

    Purchase windshield-washer tubing from a car parts store. The tubing might also be referred to as vacuum tubing. You don't need a specific parts number. If you need assistance, then ask for help at the store.

  3. 3

    Locate the old washer tubing. You can find it near the blue-capped windshield washer fluid reservoir on the right side of the engine compartment.

  4. 4

    Remove the old tubing. Be careful around the vacuum connectors. Try not to break or disfigure them if you plan to reuse them.

  5. 5

    Hold up the old windshield-washer tubing if you plan to replace the entire section. Place the new tubing next to the old, using the old as a guide to the length your CR-V needs. Use a hose cutter to cut enough of the new tubing to fit your Honda CR-V.

  6. 6

    Place the new tubing in your CR-V. 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 make sure the tubing doesn't get bent.

Tips and warnings

  • If you own a Honda CR-V model made after 2007, the blue-capped reservoir is on the far left side of the engine compartment.
  • If the crack in your CR-V model'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.

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