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Author Topic: Windscreen washer blocked  (Read 4183 times)

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Windscreen washer blocked
« on: December 29, 2016, 10:15:03 AM »
Hi People, My wife ran dry her windscreen washer fluid in her car and after I topped it up the fluid does not come out properly it only foams and does not squirt. I can hear the pump working fine so assuming it is blocked with a foreign object and both front and rear washers are the same, would anyone have a idea how I can unblock and clear this. Cheers in advance Andy

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Re: Windscreen washer blocked
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2016, 10:23:05 AM »
No chance of the fluid being frozen due to the cold weather is there? That's a common cause this time of year if there isn't enough actual screen wash (i.e, alcohol) in the mixture. Strange that it was fine up until the point it ran dry, usually the fluid will bleed through with no problems once the bottle is refilled.
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Re: Windscreen washer blocked
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2016, 10:31:46 AM »
Don't know if the galaxy is the same but Vauxhall have a little filter gauze that's part of the wash pump seal,they used to block up and give same symptoms you describe.
The fix is to remove pump and seal then just chop the gauze off.

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Re: Windscreen washer blocked
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2016, 10:33:51 AM »
Hi , no the problem was before the cold and the van is in a heated garage at the moment so I've got a feeling it's blocked by the pump and if I remember correctly the galaxy also has heated washer fluid.

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Re: Windscreen washer blocked
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2016, 10:53:19 AM »
Hi Johnny It looks like I will have to remove the pump and have a look but I was hoping someone could give me a few pointers on how to remove it. Cheers Andy

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Re: Windscreen washer blocked
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2016, 10:55:50 AM »
You will need to jack it up and remove wheel arch liner and poss wheel to gain access to the liner. Once you get at washer bottle the pump will just pull out so you can then pop the seal out of the bottle.

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Re: Windscreen washer blocked
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2016, 11:03:55 AM »
Cheers for that. I shall give it a go later and let u know how I got on.👍

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Re: Windscreen washer blocked
« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2016, 11:04:21 AM »
I know you can get heated washer jets to prevent freezing at the jet end but I don't know if the bottle fluid is also heated? Anyway, if it's obviously not related to temperature then as above possibly the filter grommet that sits between the washer bottle and pump is blocked, depending on the type and how long the screenwash has been in the bottle a gelatinous substance/ deposit can form in the grommet preventing the passage of fluid. As another thought, when the washers played up on my Dad's C-Max recently I initially suspected a dodgy pump (it could be heard running when operated), but after substituting it the issue wasn't solved, the actual cause was a defective non-return valve in the front washer pipework (this defective valve also affected the rear washer operation as well but I'm not quite sure how). Therefore firstly you need to access the washer bottle and pull the washer pipes off of the pump, see if you can blow through both of them without issue. If all is ok operate the pump with the pipes disconnected and see if you get a good jet from both front and rear outlets. If there's not much force (or any!) in the jets then pull the pump out (fluid will go everywhere if the grommet is clear but it's only water after all) and check the state of the grommet.

There's a previous thread regarding access here.
« Last Edit: December 29, 2016, 11:18:18 AM by insanitybeard »
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Re: Windscreen washer blocked
« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2016, 11:15:18 AM »
With the exception of a couple of merc's I'm not aware of any car that has a heated washer bottle, just the jets (Which I've always though weird!). When I had the bumper off on my Mk2 I took the opportunity to take the bottle out and flush it. I then coated it in 3mm closed cell foam that I had left over and touch-wood its never frozen in the 4 years since :)
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Re: Windscreen washer blocked
« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2016, 01:01:35 PM »
Cheers Guys all your help was much appreciated. I checked the rubber grommet and it was full of blue/green slime so I give it a clean and flushed out the reservoir and hey presto all sorted. What I did to remove and inspect and clean the grommet was put the car 🚗 on ramps then removed the small front undercover tray and then the pump was accessible with a lot of room to remove it. There was no need to remove the wheel arch cover or passenger wheel as the pump is at the front/side of the car and not facing the rear towards the wheel arch, I hope this helps anyone else which has the same problem in the future. The whole job took about 35 mins from taking the cover off and actually doing the job, flushing and putting the cover back on. 👍👌

 

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