How to Add Windshield Washer Fluid 2004-2013 BMW 3-Series

Learn how to add windshield washer fluid on BMW 3-Series E90 E91 E92 E93.

Adding windshield washer fluid on a BMW 3-Series is very easy and takes only a few minutes. If your 3-Series washer fluid is low you will get a warning message on your instrument cluster.

Add windshield washer fluid at your earliest convenience.


What you will need


Open Hood

Pull the hood release underneath the dashboard of your 3-Series. Open the hood to access the washer fluid reservoir.

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Locate Windshield Fluid Reservoir

The washer fluid reservoir on BMW 3-Series has a black cap. The cap has a wiper symbol on top.

The reservoir is located on the passenger side near the strut tower. 


Open reservoir cap

Open the washer reservoir cap by pushing the cap up. 

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Add windshield washer fluid

Add washer fluid until the level gets about two inches below the reservoir cap.




  • Anti-freeze is poisonous and should be stored carefully in marked containers out of the reach of children.
  • While you may be able to get away with using water in the summertime, in the winter months the water can freeze and crack the reservoir or damage the delivery lines. 
  • State or local regulations may restrict the use of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are commonly used as anti-freeze agents in washer fluid. A washer fluid with limited VOC content should be used only if it provides adequate freeze resistance for all regions and climates in which the vehicle will be operated.


  • Do not substitute engine anti-freeze coolant for windshield-washer fluid.
  • Do not fill the windshield washer fluid reservoir with washer fluid concentrates at full strength. Some methyl alcohol based washer fluid concentrates may permanently stain the grille if spilled while filling the windshield washer fluid reservoir.
  • Pre-mix washer fluid concentrates with water to the manufacturer's recommended levels before pouring the fluid into the windshield-washer fluid reservoir.


By YOUCANIC on Jul 12, 2019


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