Windshield fluid reservoir repair

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Another common issue with these trucks is the reservoir for the windshield washing fluid is cracked and broken. Mine was still on the truck but it was falling apart. I am talking about the plastic reservoir on the passenger side, under the hood, mounted to the firewall.

I did not have much trouble finding a new tank and it even was 24 volt. The issue I had with finding a new one is that they were too small or were the wrong dimensions. The biggest problem I had is the electrical connector on the new tanks were not anything like the connector on the truck. I want to keep my truck as original as possible so I looked for a replacement for the OEM. I could not find one.

Then I set out to repair the one I had. Mine was really falling apart and had several holes in it. I have had luck with repairing water tubs so I thought I could use the same process for this.

The general idea is to repair the tank the best I could and then spray it with a rubber coating.

Here is what mine looked like.

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It is upside down but you get the idea. So first, I used packing tape to cover the holes.

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Second, I found any little plastics pieces that fell inside the tank or that fell off while I was removing the tank. I put them back into place and then used packing tape to hold the pieces in place.

Then I put masking tape on the places I did not want coated. I also put some long strips of masking tape where I wanted a "window" so I could see the fluid level.

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Next, I found a stick and tied some string to it and stuck the stick in the tank so I could hang the tank while I sprayed it. I gave it two thick coats of the rubber.

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So now it doesn't leak anymore. It looks different than it did because it was opaque before and now it is black but at least I can use it. I hope someday I can find an OEM replacement.
 

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