Ford F-150/F-250: How to Refill Windshield Wiper Fluid

You need your windshield clean no matter where you're at in the world. Here is how to keep it clean by refilling your wiper fluid on your Ford F-150 or Super Duty.

By Tad Brunton - October 31, 2014

This article applies to the Ford F-150 (2004-2014) and F-250 (2005-2014).

We all know the importance of maintaining a clean front windshield. If you can’t see clearly through the glass, then you can be in big trouble quickly. Windshields are basically the leading edge of a fast moving vehicle that catches all the bugs, grease, and dirt in the air. The early automobiles never had windshields because they just didn’t go fast enough for bugs, air, and dust to fly through the front open space of the vehicle and hit the driver. The need for windshields became quite necessary when cars reached speeds of 20 mph and up.

Once you realize that your vehicle needs more windshield wiper fluid, you can do it yourself, or go to a full service gas station or auto parts store. Since this job is so quick and easy, they will very likely do it for free. After all, it will literally take two minutes of anyone's time.

Choosing the right fluid:

Weather will help you make your decision. In cold weather, many people choose de-icing windshield wiper fluid. This is ideal for melting the ice on your windshield and keeping it clear when you drive in dangerous conditions.

In warmer months, you can certainly continue on with the de-icing fluid or just replenish it with regular windshield wiper fluid.

Never use regular water in the wiper system, particularly in the winter, as it can freeze inside the hoses and debilitate your system.

Step 1 - Open the hood

Make sure your truck is in park and the emergency brake is on before the hood-opening procedure.

Step 2 - Locate the wiper fluid reservoir:

The lid on the reservoir will usually have a picture of a windshield wiper in action. If you see it, you have completed this step!

Figure 1. Locate the wiper fluid reservoir.

Step 3 - Open reservoir lid and pour in fluid

Figure 2. Pour the fluid in the reservoir.

There is no marker that will guide you, because you can't over-fill.

Step 4 - Close reservoir lid and hood

Close the lid, start your car, and give it a try.

That is it. You now have the power to sweep those bugs off your windshield from behind the wheel of your truck.

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