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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 ...


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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.


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Here's a parts explosion The hose #9 you could drain through. I like the coolant idea. pour coolant in the reservoir, it might take a bit but it will turn the slush into liquid. There a glycerin in it and it's alcohol based so it's miscible with any alcohol in your wiper fluid. Nothing bad will happen. Others chime in if this is ridiculous to you ...


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If you are at least slightly handy with tools (or have a nice friend who is) then it probably wouldn't be too hard to remove the tank c/w pump from the car and take it inside to the warmth and let it defrost in the bath tub and maybe even run some warm water over it. This may fix the tank and pump, but line is harder. Possibly fill tank with winter fluid ...


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If you dont hear any buzzing sound from the pump then. Check for a blown fuse. If the fuse is intact then remove the pump and take it to a mechanic to fix or replace.Also if possible check the wiring. Overfilling does not cause any problem as long as the pump is working. Fuse Location for VW Passat Note:Number 24 is the fuse for windscreen washer ...


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I can't tell from the photo but the washer system only contains a few parts. With the hose disconnected turn on the wash cycle. If fluid squirts from the hose the pump is working. If any of the hoses leak then repair or place them. The final part is the nozzle. This is the part that actually forms the spray pattern .Depending on the make and model you may ...


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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!


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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.


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Your theory sounds good to me. Do run the windshield washers before parking the car. Now, about fixing the current scratches: There are products that allow you to polish the windshield to remove scratches. In the same way that you would polish the paint. I do it to my car every month, except that I use the regular paint polish rather than the more expensive ...


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I've personally had success clearing these nozzles using a sewing pin; the type that a seamstress may use to pin a garment together just before it is sewn. You can not only use the pin to clear the nozzle but you can also use it to adjust the area of the screen that it's point at once it's been cleared.


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Do you have a Haynes manual or similar for the car? They usually describe how to remove the various bits of trim... Before trying to remove the trim, have you tried cleaning the nozzle out with the tip of a needle or a fine bit of wire? The bottom photo shows the trim to be in four parts - the window surround (two parts), the lower panel and the lock ...


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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.


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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.


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Drain it, dry it, and apply liberal amounts of silicone sealant?


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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 ...


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-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 ...


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The Nozzle is the bottle neck, therefore that is the most likely place for a clog. Pull the hose from the back of the nozzle and use a needle to clear the blockage and reattach the hose, making sure that no debris are remaining in the hose/nozzle.


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According to the Data sheet I viewed on line it should do no harm. How effective it will be, will depend on how much it is diluted by the water in the washer tank. The formula may also evaporate quickly in the tank. In short it is better than straight water, but likely not as effective as a product designed to be added directly to the windscreen washer tank. ...


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LOL - I literally just dealt with exactly the same problem too. What I did is stick a roof heating wire inside the tank and plug it into a wall outlet for 12 hours. Another solution from a friend was to boil water and continuously pour it in the tank until the ice is melted, then normally drain all the water using the pump to spray it all out and then fill ...


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Try metholated spirits. that should do the trick.


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I tried unblocking them with pins, but they turned out to be really blocked. In the end, I simply bought some new mist washer jets on eBay. It was like £5, and I was going to upgrade anyway. I simply fitted them myself by hacking them slightly, by trimming down the plastic stumps. Do NOT cut off too much, or you will need to buy some more as they won't ...


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Some owner's manuals will recommend using a needle or small pin to dislodge debris that causes clogging or misdirection of flow. It is normal for the spray nozzles to get clogged in dusty environments; you shouldn't have to replace them.


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I have found the real key to getting the bugs off is, the shorter they are on the windshield, the easier they come off the windshield. If you are in a swarm, I understand this can use a lot of washer fluid and will keep the wipers in the on position a lot. Been there; done that. ( Try travelling in southern Virginia in the summer time at dusk and see the ...


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Yes, there is special windshield washer fluid that is designed specifically to remove the remains of bugs from your windshield. I don't know what the active ingredient is in these formula's. I have used this fluid and did not seem to do any harm to the paint of my vehicle either. All the major auto parts stores have several brands of this type of washer ...


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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.


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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.


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So I replaced my pump... and it still didn't work. After doing some more looking I discovered that I read the fuse map wrong and put the fuse in the wrong spot. After putting it in the right spot it started to work. Since I know you can't take used electronic parts back, I just kept it in and kept the old one. BTW, to get at the pump, you have to remove the ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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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