Audi Windshield Washer Fluid Refill
Updated Tuesday Mar 13, 2018
Learn where to add windshield washer fluid to Audi vehicles. Adding windshield washer fluid to an Audi such as A3 A4 A6 A7 Q3 Q5 Q7 is very easy and takes only a few minutes. If your Audi washer fluid is low you will get a warning message on the instrument cluster. Add the recommended Audi windshield washer fluid at your earliest convenience. During winter months, never use just water. Always use windshield washer fluid to avoid damaging reservoir and the delivery lines. If your Audi has a rear wiper or headlight washing system, it most cases the same reservoir is used for both.
- No Windshield Washer Fluid,
- Low Washer Fluid Warning
- Low Windshield Washer Fluid message
- "Please refill washer fluid" message on the dash
What you will need
Step 1 - Open Hood
Open the hood of your Audi by pulling the hood release under the dashboard on driver's side. This will allow you to access the washer fluid reservoir which is in the engine bay.
Step 2 - Locate Audi A S Q TT models Windshield Fluid Reservoir
The washer fluid reservoir on Audi A S Q TT models is either white or translucent and has a wiper symbol on top. If your model has a rear whiper the same reservoir will be feeding both windscreens. If you are not sure, check your Audi (A S Q TT) models owners manual.
Step 3 - Open reservoir cap
Open the washer reservoir cap. If the washer fluid is low this is where you add windshield washer fluid.
Location of windshield washer reservoir on Audi A4.
Location o the windscreen washer fluid reservoir on Audi A6.
Location of the windshield washer fluid reservoir on Audi Q5.
Step 4 - Add windshield washer fluid
Add washer fluid until the level gets about two inches below the reservoir cap.
- Always make sure your windscreen wipers are in good condition. Worn wipers can prevent visibility and increase the likelihood of an accident.
- Do not only depend on the rain sensor to turn on the wipers. Rain sensors can malfunction. Operate the windshield wipers manually if necessary.
- It is not recommended to use water repellent coating on the windshield. Increased daze is possible which can reduce visibility in low light, light rain or at night.
- In case of freezing temperatures, check that the wipers are not stuck or frozen to the glass. Turning on the wipers can cause damage to the wiper motor or blow the wiper fuse.
- Always turn off the wiper switch on the steering column to off or 0 before entering an automatic car wash. This will prevent the wipers from turning on while the car is driven through the car wash.
- Worn wiper blades can cause smearing of the glass which can reduce visibility and functionality of the rain sensor.
Windshield washer fluid not working
Let's say you added windshield washer fluid to your car but the washer fluid is not working. You press the swtich on the steering column but no water sprays out. Here are a few things you need to check.
Washer fluid leaks
If the windshield washer fluid on your car is cracked, it will leak the fluid. In most cases, the fluid starts to drip as soon as you add washer fluid. Move your car to a new dry location and pay attention for washer fluid leaks. Leaks can also develop at the hoses that transfer the washer fluid to the windshield. Another common place where leaks can develop is where the windshield motor connect to the windshield washer reservoir. This is a common problem if you don't use windshield washer fluid but use just water. The water will freeze and either crack the reservoir or the delivery lines.
Bad windshield washer motor
If you press the washer fluid switch and you hear no noise coming from the washer reservoir the motor may be burned out. Try pressing the washer switch when the engine is turned off but ignition is on. Have a helper listen carefully for a small motor to engage near the windshield washer fluid reservoir.
If you don't hear the motor working, it could be a blown fuse. Locate the fuse box on your car. If you don't know where they are, look them up in the owners manual. Find which fuse protects the windshield washer fluid circuit. Remove that fuse and make sure it is not blown.
The following video shows you how to check for a blown fuse.