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Old 02-26-2015, 08:49 PM   #1
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DIY: make your own replacement Windshield Washer Bottle

This is a DIY for those of you who have installed an air scoop for a cold air intake, and have lost the option to wash your windshield as a result. This is an easy to follow pdf guide with lots of pictures.

The write-up is also available starting at post #7.
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Old 02-27-2015, 06:39 AM   #2
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Thanks for the write up. I don't download files from none secure sources. No offense meant at all. Very interested in this. Can you paste into the forum please?
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Old 02-27-2015, 10:35 AM   #3
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The pdf was uploaded and attached through this same page on C5, so it should be secure. It has now also been posted in this thread as pictures and info.
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Old 02-27-2015, 12:44 PM   #4
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This is an interesting idea, but why not just get the Apex washer bottle relocation tank? I have it. It's a half gallon and it's annoyingly small. The water bottle is 4x smaller yet. I would think you'd be refilling it every 10 squirts?
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Old 02-27-2015, 02:12 PM   #5
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This is an interesting idea, but why not just get the Apex washer bottle relocation tank?
Because it cost $70 and he has the satisfaction of a DIY. I removed my washer bottle so 10 squirts could last me a long time, even if it was just for an emergency. I could see if you are a DD, this might a pain to constantly refill. But for occaisonal use it's an inexpensive solution.
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Considering that I only used the fluid maybe twice last year, 10 squirts will last a long time. That was only a rough estimate; the bottle might actually have 40 squirts in it. YMMV.
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Old 02-28-2015, 09:40 AM   #7
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Here's the full article for those of you who need it:

Build your own replacement windshield washer bottle for under $15.

If you put an aftermarket air intake in your camaro, and then later decide to install one of the air scoops to help it out, they require the removal of the stock washer bottle. You can then either have no bottle, install a bottle from Apex $$ or Roto-Fab $$$, or make your own.

The OEM bottle can hold over a gallon of fluid, which weighs about 9 pounds. If you use a liter bottle, weight drops down to 2 pounds, and a 500 ml bottle weighs about a pound. I figure even the smallest bottle should be good for 6-10 squirts to clean the windshield.

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left is OEM,
middle is my first white liter bottle,
and right is my new smoke 500 ml bottle.
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Old 02-28-2015, 09:42 AM   #8
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This is my 2nd bottle fabrication. I originally started with a liter bottle that I had lying around. It was a white color, and while this made it easy to see how much fluid was in it, it also added another white bottle under my hood that really stood out from the darker engine parts.
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I found a neat smoke colored bottle from Outdoor Products at Walmart for $3.50. They also have a liter bottle for a few cents more. The bottles are available in smoke (black), red, blue, yellow, green, pink and maybe some other colors too. They are translucent so that you can see fluid through them. If you want one of these bottles, I suggest that you rush over there, as they are being closed-out.

(white adapter is not included)
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I bought 4 plumbing pieces after reading about the best way to prevent leaks. A male threaded plug, an o-ring, a double threaded female socket, and a male threaded 1/2” to 3/8” adapter.

These are in 1/2” sizes, which are the smallest sold. 1/2” means that it will accept a 1/2” pipe; not that it is 1/2” diameter. It is a little over 3/4” diameter.

Plumbing parts are strange, in that threads are tapered. The farther you turn them, the tighter they get. If you screw them all the way in, there is a strong possibility of breaking the parts.

I sanded the socket smooth where it screws against the bottle (o-ring side).

You can also use metal parts to replace these 4 pieces, which will be smaller; but the price will go up substantially.
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Old 02-28-2015, 09:56 AM   #11
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I drilled a smaller hole in the bottom of the bottle, and sanded it out with a dremel, and then used a hand sanding sponge out to the finished size. I also used the dremel to route out a drain thru the top of the closed male threaded plug, then mounted the o-ring on it.
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Final assembly has the plug and o-ring inside the bottle, with the female socket outside, screwed hand tight to the bottom of the bottle, then 1/3 turn more with pliers.

The adapter is screwed into the bottom with teflon tape over the threads; hand tight.

Liquid would have to get past the o-ring to leak down the outside of the adapter, but easily flows through the adapter into the wash line.
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I had made a bracket for holding my previous white bottle, from 4 pieces of flat clamp that I got for a dollar. I bent them into shape using a vice and a hammer. I bolted it together so that it would fit over the old air cleaner stud. I bent the bottom to support the bottle, and bent 2 arms to hold it in place. I then wrapped it in electrical tape to hide the shiny metal.
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Old 02-28-2015, 10:07 AM   #14
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I use a flat washer and a nut to hold it in place.
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Even full of blue wash fluid, the bottle still appears black. This blends in better with my engine compartment.
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My previous install used 4’ of clear plastic tubing for running the fluid down to the pump. It is 1/2” outer and 3/8” inner. It runs along the bottom of my CAI box, and then though a hole at the front. I have the hose zip-tied to flex-loom to prevent it from wearing on the sharp metal in this area. It then goes downhill to the OEM pump.

I put a smaller hose over the pump shaft, then slid the bigger one over that, and secured both with a hose clamp. I ran the line so that the pump is the lowest point; this prevent any air bubbles from interrupting the fluid flow.

(green line is fluid, yellow is air scoop)
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Old 02-28-2015, 10:47 AM   #17
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good job excellent write up. Wished you would have done it earlier since I bought a kit.
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Old 02-28-2015, 06:52 PM   #19
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Did you use the factory pump? Didn't see anything about that
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Great job on the install and the write up
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Old 03-01-2015, 10:41 AM   #21
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Yes, I used the factory pump, and nothing was cut or removed from it. The supply tubing that I ran down to the pump (from the bottle) was 3/8" diameter inside. The pump inlet is about 1/4", so it needed a small spacer to fill the gap between the inlet and the hose. I had some smaller tubing that fit over the inlet, and was still small enough to fit inside the larger supply tubing. I cut a piece of this about 1/2" long, then put the larger hose over it, and finally used a hose clamp to squeeze both hoses tight on to the pump inlet. Nothing has leaked out in 4 months.

I hung the pump from the frame with zip-ties. The pump is down by the headlight; this way any bubbles that form in the supply tubing will float back up to the bottle, and keep the line full of washer fluid.
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