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Coincidentally, after my 45,000 scheduled maintenance service on my 2015 Sedona I noticed a small puddle of windshield washer fluid on my driveway. I figured that maybe they overfilled it during the maintenance. About a week later I get the message that my windshield washer fluid is low. I filled up the fluid and in just a couple of hours it was a lot lower level than where it was when I filled it. I really can't see where it's leaking from. Other then the top of the fluid reservoir the middle and bottom is hidden within the fender. I guess I need to bring this in for service and assume it will be covered under warranty??
 

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Yap, mine just started leaking too. The rate is small enough that I don't see a puddle on the ground, but the level does drop far quicker than what I use on the windshield. Mine is still under the 5/60k bumper to bumper, so I don't see why it would not be covered. I just need to find a time to bring it in.
 

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It's strange because I only saw a puddle one time. Since I've been keeping close track of it I see the level going down without me using the wiper fluid yet I can't see where it's going. I assume it's leaking inside the wheel well somewhere? I hope, when I bring it in they don't say that they can't find a leak or something like that. Maybe there is a crack in the plastic container or something. Mine seems to be leaking about a gallon a week so I would think I should see something dripping unless it comes out while I'm driving.
 

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Yeah, my guess is that it is running down to a place where it collects, before just evaporating without dripping to the ground.

Either that, or the leak is worse when the van is being driven, so we don't tend to see it when parked.

Either way, I have read enough reports of this problem on line to know it's likely a known issue by now. Kia might already have a TSB (Technical Service Bulletin)on this. In the old days, Kia published all the TSBs online, so I could easily search the database. They quit doing that now.
 

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When my previous Kia/Hyundai were still under factory warranty, I would print out the relevant TSBs and bring them in to the dealer service dept if they needed some warranty fix (like I would for this coolant leak). The service writers were almost always surprised to see that I have them. I loved the transparency that they were willing to give to the owners. Now you need log in credentials to see them.
 

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Encountered the same issues on my 2016 Kia Sedona. Found a YouTube video of someone replacing the entire windshield washer tank, only to find a crack in the washer pump on the bottom of the tank after removing everything. I found the same crack on mine. I used JB Weld to see if that holds and worst case, if it occurs again, I will buy the washer pump and replace it entirely. $38.00 part on Amazon.

I believe the white coupler that slides over the male pump piece is to thin and between the cold and vibrations, it caused a crack to occur.

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Encountered the same issues on my 2016 Kia Sedona. Found a YouTube video of someone replacing the entire windshield washer tank, only to find a crack in the washer pump on the bottom of the tank after removing everything. I found the same crack on mine. I used JB Weld to see if that holds and worst case, if it occurs again, I will buy the washer pump and replace it entirely. $38.00 part on Amazon.

I believe the white coupler that slides over the male pump piece is to thin and between the cold and vibrations, it caused a crack to occur.

After JB Weld
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This is exactly what the dealer replaced to fix my leak under warranty. This is good information to know in case it happens again. How difficult was it to get to this part? It was not visible from looking underneath the car.
 

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This is exactly what the dealer replaced to fix my leak under warranty. This is good information to know in case it happens again. How difficult was it to get to this part? It was not visible from looking underneath the car.
You will need to remove 5-6 plastic pop rivets and then 3-4 in the fender well to gain access to the tank. Might be a little easier to maneuver the tank if you also remove the right side tire as well. About 30 mins to gain access if I had to guess. Search YouTube video for Kia Sedona leaking washer fluid tank.
 

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Had the same issue with my 2015 Sedona. Turned out to be a leak in the pump. Replaced under warranty.
 

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Encountered the same issues on my 2016 Kia Sedona. Found a YouTube video of someone replacing the entire windshield washer tank, only to find a crack in the washer pump on the bottom of the tank after removing everything. I found the same crack on mine. I used JB Weld to see if that holds and worst case, if it occurs again, I will buy the washer pump and replace it entirely. $38.00 part on Amazon.

I believe the white coupler that slides over the male pump piece is to thin and between the cold and vibrations, it caused a crack to occur.

After JB Weld
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My '16 SX is still under warranty, but it is almost worth $38 and fixing it myself to avoid dealing with the service dept. My wife has been on my @$$ about taking it in to fix the leak. So far, my procrastination has probably cost me some $40 in washer fluid already.
 

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Just bought the genuine replacement pump off ebay for $28 shipped to my door. Well worth not having to leave my car at the service dept for a couple of days, or more.


I'll put the old pump in and take it it the dealer just before my warranty expires to get a new pump. Then I'll have a spare. ;)

Besides, any replacement pump now might still be flawed. I'll give it a couple more years to fix the design.
 

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FWIW, here is the crack that causes the leak. The manifold (white) snaps onto the main pump body (black) with just a compression fit. Over time, the white plastic cracks and causes a leak that apparently only happens most when the vehicle is driven, which is why I never did see a puddle when the van is parked. The replacement pump is cheap enough that I didn't bother to fix the old pump. Plus the new one comes with a rubber grommet to replace the old one (shown below on other end of pump) that has taken a set and may not seal well on re-installation.

I sure hope Kia has a re-designed unit by the time my factory warranty expires. If they install the same flawed pump, I'd be pissed. This has been a known issue for quite a while now and Kia uses the same pump on many different models.

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Thank you Volfy for running this to the ground. I've been behind this eight ball in the past. A known design defect, no updated part to replace it with, so you get another defective part, then your out of warranty! When this happens to me (I hope I remember)....I'll ask Kia to run some silicone sealant around the location of concern. Good Post!
 
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