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HUKD Mechanics Pls help! Front windscreen squirters not working!

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6y, 6m agoPosted 6 years, 6 months ago
I recently bought a car and found the screenwash tank was empty. I refilled it and the front squirters worked poorly - but the BACK did not at all.

I then noticed the screenwash bottle had emptied itself on the floor - one of the hoses was disconnected.

I reconnected it, but now only the BACK works, but the FRONT ones dont!!!!!

Any ideas???? Thanks!
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6y, 6m agoPosted 6 years, 6 months ago
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1 Like #1
coud be dirt in the nozzles or that you've also disconnected that motors feed, is there anything at all coming from the front?
1 Like #2
Disconnect the tubes that lead to the front squirters (whatever they are called LOL).
Try the wiper washer again and see if it's at least flowing along and out of the tubes.
At least that way, you'll see whether water is going through the tubes or not - and if it is, perhaps the nozzle jets themselves need replacing/looking at.

You can replace the nozzles generally, for a few quid, from Halfrauds.
1 Like #3
Limescale can form a covering in the jets nozzle sometimes. If water is coming out of the tubes as meandog101 has suggested then try putting a safety pin or something into the nozzle to ensure it is not blocked. If no water coming out of the tubes either tube blocked or could be that the pump is not sending water up the tubes.
banned#4
Sounds like you've got a leak in the front. Fill the bottle up and get someone who likes getting dirty to stick their head in the bonnet while you squirt the wipers.
#5
Thanks for the replies guys - appreciated.

Im quite sure the nozzles arent blocked as they worked minutes before i reconnected the rears, but will stick some pins in just to be sure.

wolfs suggestion of it being the motors feed would make sense - ill jack it up when i get home and have a look to see if anythings been knocked out of place!
1 Like #6
If water not coming through the hoses see if you can hear the pump whirring. I had been through all this with my car before. Pump can stop working due to a blown fuse. Always assume the small cheap things first.
1 Like #7
It ain't your pump then, has the car been sitting for a while might just be a build up in one of the front pipes. Guessing its why it pushed itself off at on end (likely pressure build up).

Find that tubes that lead to the front washers, and use your thumb/finger to see if there are any blockages before the pipe splits to both sides of the jets.
#8
I removed the pipes to the front nozzles and tried it again - nothing. So its def not them.

I think its the actual motor - when using the rear squirters I can hear the motor whirring, but not a sound when I try the fronts.

I looked in the manual and there were fuses for front/back wipers, but nothing for the squirters.....is there a more technical term for these????

It actually looks like the leaking screenwash may have penetrated the motor (assuming thats the bit attached to the bottom of the screenwash bottle?). Unless these are waterproof, im guessing I could need a new one of these?!
1 Like #9
I can only assist with this one up to possibly changing the fuse. If you have tried all that and still nothing maybe someone else on here can advise further.
A guess on my part is that possibly the water pump is pete tong or whatever powers it is not doing so for some reason. It is where I would have to go to a garage or call help.
Hope for your luck it is still something simple. Be a bit nasty if it was sold with this fault without being mentioned. Tut Tut.
1 Like #10
its possibly a fuse, or even dirty or loose contacts with the motor/pump look at the bottom of the bottle and check the electrical connections to both motors. failing that you'd have to replace the pump motor which is easy to do and they only cost a couple of quid
1 Like #11
It seems both the front and back are run from the one pump - not sure if there are 2 motors within it, or if it turns one way for the front, and the reverse for the back.

Could this still be a fuse, or would there be (I assume) just the one for both actions?

I have switched over the tubes for now, to give me front washing only, but expect to have to get a whole new pump fitted if I want both working :(
#12
I assume the "thumbs up" symbol is now the new way to give rep????

If so, you have all got some for your help so far!
#13
BorisTheSpider
It seems both the front and back are run from the one pump - not sure if there are 2 motors within it, or if it turns one way for the front, and the reverse for the back.Could this still be a fuse, or would there be (I assume) just the one for both actions?I have switched over the tubes for now, to give me front washing only, but expect to have to get a whole new pump fitted if I want both working :(

Excellent info. I didnt know that. You are a bit snookered without front washers but can manage without rear ones. It could again possibly be limescale to blame, I guess, but if its in the pump I wouldnt know how to tackle it.

Have 'liked' your post
#14
they cannot both be ran from one pump, there must be another pump you cannot see. pumps can work forward and reverse but it would simply suck in air if reversed. i suppose it could be a really complicated arrangement where 2 lines are fed from the same pump and depending on which switch is depressed it selects the output but that would be overly expensive and complicated for a car. its far easier to have two pumps. what make car is it? i should be able to find details with the make/model/year
#15
Usually the front and rear washer motors are interchangeable so if the front motor has gone swap it with the back one!
#16
wolf359
they cannot both be ran from one pump, there must be another pump you cannot see. pumps can work forward and reverse but it would simply suck in air if reversed. i suppose it could be a really complicated arrangement where 2 lines are fed from the same pump and depending on which switch is depressed it selects the output but that would be overly expensive and complicated for a car. its far easier to have two pumps. what make car is it? i should be able to find details with the make/model/year

It really is just the one unit controlling both - 2004 hyundai coupe.

A replacement genuine part is ~£45, excluding fitting.

Im gonna keep an eye out for one to appear on ebay as now that the fronts work, its not such a big issue.

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