Filling up with washer fluid sucks when you don’t have a funnel. It can be a messy process, as even when you tilt the jug along its longer side and go slow, you’ll inevitably get a few drops in your engine bay without a bit of plastic guidance. However, convenience breeds innovation, and a reader recently reminded me that a solution exists if you own even a somewhat modern Volkswagen Group product.
Skoda, Volkswagen’s Czech brand, prides itself in little things that make owning a car a little bit easier. Stuff like an ice scraper hidden behind the fuel door, and a double-sided trunk carpet with one carpeted side and one rubberized one. One of my favorites? Something Skoda calls the integrated funnel.
It’s a soft one-piece plastic washer fluid reservoir cap that folds open into a funnel, part number 6V0955485. It fits most Audis from the 100 through to the current Q7, and most Volkswagens from the B4 Passat up through to the current Atlas. Oh, and did I mention that it only costs about $12?
Sure, that may be expensive when you consider that dollar stores sell cheap funnels, but there’s something nice about not having yet another thing rattling around in your trunk, and there’s always the thrill of buying fresh parts that just simply press into place. Installing one of these caps is a five-minute job requiring no tools, and it’ll make your life a little bit better.
It’s worth noting that all sorts of fluid caps from various Volkswagen Group products interchange between several models, which is why you can run, say, an Audi R8 oil cap on any Volkswagen with a VR6 engine, or this clever washer fluid cap on a litany of vehicles. Gotta love the cost-saving of modern automobile parts-sharing, right?
It’s not difficult to find this washer cap on eBay or through vendors like ECS Tuning, and it seems common enough to justify the manufacturing of replicas that are then sold on sites like AliExpress. Given the sheer number of Skodas in the rest of the world, that last point makes sense, but we wish Volkswagen would just adopt this clever cap in as many vehicles as possible. Of course, then Skoda would have one less unique, clever touch, but that’s the way marketing goes.
In any case, if you own a compatible car, this is a sweet upgrade absolutely worth splurging for, even if said splurge is only about the cost of a McDonald’s combo meal. This cap would unquestionably be my first modification because it’s functional, practical, and just plain cool.
Hat-tip to Christopher!
(Photo credits: Amazon, eBay)
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