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Date: 11 Dec 2006 16:39:15 -0800
From: Echo088880nospaml.com
Subject: Re: Windshield and Headlight Washers


- Bob - wrote: > On 8 Dec 2006 16:24:05 -0800, Echo088880nospaml.com wrote: > > >Today I noticed my driver side winshield washer jet not working at all. > >The passenger side was working fine. Thinking the jet might be clogged, > >I used a pin to unblock it, and I filled the reservoir (which was > >almost empty). The driver side jet sqirted half strength onto the > >bottom of the window, and I kept pumping it thinking it was freeing up > >the clog. Then I noticed (while sitting inside the car) that the left > >headlight washer was blasting washer fluid. I'm guessing that there's a > >relationship in the washer lines between the driver winshield jet and > >driver headlight jet. Is this likely to be a clogged winshield washer > >jet that is making extra pressure for the headlight jet? ... or maybe > >something wrong (valve or hose?) at the headlight jet that is taking > >pressure off the windshield jet, or maybe something else entirely? > > Most likely culprit is the little valves that are supposed to keep > pressure up in the lines. They look like T fittings but are actually > valves of a sort. There's one under the hood for the windshield > washers and one under the headlight for the headlight washers. > > You can repair them but replacing the diaphragm with a thin piece of > latex glove, buy new ones ($17 usd), or you can just replace them with > "T" fittings for 1/8" tubing. > > The t fittings are a good way to test - if it works with the t > fittings, then it's a valve issue. OK ...this is somewhat odd. I didn't drive the car in a few days and today both windshield jets are working fine (a miracle mechanical recovery?) but now the rear washer stopped working.

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