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Washer jet not spraying

#1
The drivers side washer jet on my wifes Clio is not spraying any water when she tries to wash the windscreen. The passenger side is working fine so we presume its a problem with the pipe. How can we check this ourselves without, hopefully, pulling too much apart.
Strangely enough the car passed its MoT no problem only a fornight ago despite having had this problem for the last 6 months!
 
#2
This better not be a Wah...

Feel the pipes, make sure they are not frozen. Pul pipe off the back of the nozzel and see if water flows, if it does the nozzel is at fault, if not its the pipe!
 
#4
Try put a pin or sewing needle down the holes to see if they are blocked or frozen. then check to see if the pipe is attached and then check the pipe to see if it is clogged up.

As far as I am aware it is not a requirement to check them on an MOT, hence it was not checked, however I used to have an old range rover that failed once as the steering was to heavy, so I drove it away for half an hour, took it back and it passed.
 
#5
i had the same problem on my old Merc, i just got some air duster from work and blew the jet through, starting from about 3cm from the jet as not to blast the pipe off the inside and creating more work.
 
#7
If your wife tried using them when frozen, they burst pipes (Ford are prone to this as I discovered when I owned one, the shop assistent said "don't use the de-icer jets WHEN FROSTY")
 

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#8
Egg is for leaking radiators. Use a pin in the nozzel. BUT be sure to then check the nozzel alignment and adjust with the pin if it is wrong.
 
#11
julias-limbani said:
put an egg into your fuel tank, im sure someone told me that works or something. I might be wrong.
Doesn't the egg need to be inside a chicken, which is inside a turkey, which is inside a hippo? Or is that a Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall recipe? Either way, I've seen his programme and there's nowt wrong with his washer jets, so there must be something in it.
 
#13
REMEbrat said:
The drivers side washer jet on my wifes Clio is not spraying any water when she tries to wash the windscreen. The passenger side is working fine so we presume its a problem with the pipe. How can we check this ourselves without, hopefully, pulling too much apart.
Strangely enough the car passed its MoT no problem only a fornight ago despite having had this problem for the last 6 months!
have u checked if there is any water in the tank?
 
#17
blobmeister said:
If your wife tried using them when frozen, they burst pipes (Ford are prone to this as I discovered when I owned one, the shop assistent said "don't use the de-icer jets WHEN FROSTY")
Unless you have already drained and filled your screen wash tank with undiluted screen wash and pumped it right through to the jets. You will only then get instant screen wash on frosty mornings, which helps to clear your screen quickly.

But who ever does that? We all get caught at least once every winter.
 
#18
REMEbrat said:
Strangely enough the car passed its MoT no problem only a fornight ago despite having had this problem for the last 6 months!
As long as enough water reaches the windscreen from the passengers side to "clear" the screen, that's all that is required to pass the MOT.
 
#19
The problem is dirt thrown up onto the windscreen which works its way into the nozzle and clogs it up. Had this problem a few years ago on my old Peugeot - tried pins, fuse wire, everything. It would work for a while then clog up again. Pull the nozzle(s) off and take it to your friendly Kwikfit (or similar) and ask them to give it a blast with an HP air jet to clear the shite out.
 

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