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I fixed a leak in my coolant tank (which is the exact same plastic) using a few strips of plastic* cut from a spray bottle I bought at a hardware store. You can either use a heat gun or a soldering iron to melt the plastic into place. Just be careful of burning the plastic. This video is a good guide. Even though it's a much larger tank, the technique is ...
The wiper motor itself shouldn't be damaged by frozen washer fluid, what may be damaged is the washer pump motor however mine has frozen several times and as long as you don't keep trying to use it, it should be fine.
It's definitely possible. My choice for a repair like this would be JB Weld, but I would think lots of products would do fine, though I'd be skeptical of any kind of caulk that's not going to bond tightly to the plastic.
I use a pin board, needle, a finish nail or whatever I have in the garage. Put in the sprayers holes and correct alignment. Done! Make sure to not push any object to far as it can damage inner tube and start to leak!
You should be able to replace the tubing. Most parts stores sell it by the foot. Just take in a piece of of to match up the size and get a few more feet than you think need.
In my experience, washer jets tend to clog at the actual jet - first thing I'd do is get a thin needle and try to clear the jet itself.
Drain it, dry it, and apply liberal amounts of silicone sealant?
Short answer: you almost certainly bought a bad bottle of fluid with a low methanol content. Worse, it might have been fluid with some sort of glycol rather than methanol (possibly causing it to gell up on the windshield or at the nozzles). -5C isn't terribly cold (unless you're in an open high wind environment). There are people that like to jabber about ...
-5C is not cold at all. It's -5F here today (-20C) and about this time last year was -27F (-33C). The commercial fluid with antifreeze has been fine. I'd expect regular washer fluid to be fine down to -2C or -3C, as it's not pure water and the detergents should lower the freeze point. Are you absolutely sure you bottles you've been buying contain ...
The interior panels on the tailgate of your A3 simply pull off to expose the hose for the rear wash. You need to check the washer jet in the rear wiper arm is not blocked, and the hoses are intact as well. A blocked washer jet can dislodge the hose.
There are two pumps, a front and a rear one. As you have water attempting to come out of the jets and you can hear the pump working the first thing to do is remove the front pump and clean its filter. The filters on screen washer pumps can become clogged with a soapy goo. Once the goo is removed from the filter you should find everything back to normal.
I live up in the north, and we see temps much colder than -2C. I've found that the washer fluid the dealers use is subpar for nearly everything below freezing. It might spray sometimes, but it will ice up on the window, especially when it's far below 0C. I suspect they water it down or something. I've been looking around for a solution and have settled on ...
Everything I've been able to find says the tank has to come out to get at the pump. I'm not sure how to solve the issue with the battery mount. It's probably worth checking to see if you can get at it from the wheel well with the wheel off (might have to to remove the fender liner). Assuming you can get at the pump, you can verify that it's getting ...
All of my cars have had to have the nozzles adjusted at one time or other - especially after cleaning. There is always a hole or a V shaped slot that you can tweak up or down.
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