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    Default Strange one! Washers stopped working but not totally

    Hi all

    The cold seems to have killed something in my washer system but the strange thing is -

    Headlight washers - Fine
    Front screen - work for about half a second and not at 'full squirt'
    Rear screen - Not a sausage

    The motor seems to be working, can hear it and headlight washers work (assuming they're fed off one motor?).

    Filter doesn't appear to be blocked as water flows out the bottle when the pump is lifted off and nothing seems to be leaking when washers are on.

    Any ideas?

    I'm just wondering whether the pump is failing rather than failed? The shortest distance it has to pump is to the lights and they work fine but seems further away from the pump, the less it works.

    Anyone else had a similar problem?


    Cheers in advance.

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    headlight and window washer pump is 2 different pumps.. headlight has its own pump.

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    My pump stopped on th M4, started working at home ?!?

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    My windscreen ones did this, then worked again then did it again

    and now working again

    Think its crap caught in the system mate!

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    Cheers for the replies! 2 separate pumps solves that mystery then.

    Any suggestions with clearing the blockage? Thinking of disconnecting the pipes at jets end and pump end then blowing through. However, not possible with the rear jet!

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    Could it be they are really really frozen ? Mine have not squirted for nearly a week due to the cold lol

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    I did think that initially so waited until it got back into the plusses before having a poke around.

    The fluid wasn't frozen and I actually tipped some water out of the kettle in the bottle last night and still wasn't coming through properly so don't think the pipes are frozen up.

    Need some washers like yours where they fix themselves

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    My old vec b blocked up, put a sterlising tablet in and then boiling water in and the gas produced cleared it.

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    Had the squirt problem also, squirted for 1-2 seconds then nothing. It's now fine, think it's just the weather mate.

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    Hi there mate if you take the nearside inner wheel arch out 4 torx screws you can get to bottle and motors if you pull the motor out you will find the rubber grommet has a filter incorporated, clean holes with a pin and you will find it now works hope this helps, had same prob on wifes.

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