windscreen washer not working... help please!


Old 11-07-04, 10:23 AM
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windscreen washer not working... help please!

This is an embarassingly trivial problem but I don't know how to fix it.

When my washer liquid ran out I topped up as per instructions but now whenever I try to operate it nothing comes out except the occaisional splash. There is no leak so could it be an air-lock and if it is how can I fix it? Is there an easy way to check without dismantling the whole system? It's a W-reg Ford Fiesta. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 11-07-04, 03:51 PM
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If there's fluid in the tank and the pump makes noises when you push the button, you probably have either a clogged hose from the pump to the jets or clogged jets. I would try the jets first. Take a very small diameter needle or pin and insert it in each of the holes on the jets. If that doesn't work, try disconnecting the hose to see if you can get a flow when you hit the button. I'm guessing poking the jets with the needle will fix it.

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