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Stupid windscreen spray bar

Post by Barnsley BXer » Sun Jan 15, 2006 9:54 pm

Has anybody sorted out a foolproof way of sorting out the windscreen washer spray bar?I've poked out all the holes,taken the pipe off and blown through,i've even sucked(a gobfull of washer fluid doesn't taste nice :evil: )After a few minutes of water on the screen,theB'Stard stops working again.Any suggestions?
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Post by Ian_Fearn » Sun Jan 15, 2006 9:56 pm

Yes, GSF, about 8 quid.
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Post by H Reg Pete » Sun Jan 15, 2006 10:04 pm

You could always do what I did, I drilled a hole in the top centre of the bonnet and put a proper twin jet thingy in, works a treat and was only a couple of quid from halfords.
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Post by tim leech » Sun Jan 15, 2006 10:13 pm

£8! bargain!

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Post by sleepy0905 » Sun Jan 15, 2006 10:37 pm

I had the same problem, if you pull the rubber pipe of the spigot at the bottom of the wiper arm then remove the pipe from the underside and put a small drill bit through the hole in the centre of the wiper spindle as this rusts and puts crap up in the spray bar, then reconnect the pipes remove the spraybar and take it in the house right on the other end of the bar remove the plug now submerge the spray bar in a weak bleach water solution and leave it to soak then remove give all the holes a good prodle then blow it through put the plug in and hey presto cured mine has been fine now for about 5 months no problem. :D
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Post by jeremy » Sun Jan 15, 2006 11:09 pm

I agree with all thats been said before. However I do wonder if there is something else and that is hard water and /or solvent deposits. I have to keep on clearing mine and notice deposits round the holes.

I propose to take it all down, scrub out the bottle which seems to grow algae and then fill it with the water that condenses in my tumble drier - which should be distilled.

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Post by Vanny » Sun Jan 15, 2006 11:21 pm

Try fitting a 405 washer bar, mush more longer lasting and seem to get a better spray (and they tend to come in sets of two in the scrappy!)

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Post by ken newbold » Sun Jan 15, 2006 11:24 pm

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Post by AlanS » Mon Jan 16, 2006 12:15 am

The drill down the centre shaft is a must, but also check that in the line there isn't one of those non return valve things that's plastic and the size of a thimble. It could also be gunked up.
The spray line on one of ours was cracked and I could imagine the dramas out here trying to get one, so I went to a local parts joint, grabbed a bit of plastic tube the same size, bunged off the end and took to it with a drill and poked holes where I reckoned I needed them and get such a swill off now I almost wash the bonnet every time I use it. Cost about 50 cents. (2 bob in your money):shock:


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Post by sleepy0905 » Mon Jan 16, 2006 9:29 am

I have also heard about putting some dishwasher salt in the washer bottle as it is a special softening salt it makes the water in the bottle softer. I havnt tried this one though. I have also made a relacement out of tube and it works very well.
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Post by M » Mon Jan 16, 2006 10:06 am

sleepy0905 wrote:I have also heard about putting some dishwasher salt in the washer bottle as it is a special softening salt it makes the water in the bottle softer. I havnt tried this one though. I have also made a relacement out of tube and it works very well.
Having seen the way glasses often go all scratched & cloudy in a dishwasher after 10 or so washes I doubt if I would bother either.

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Post by Geoffrey Gould » Mon Jan 16, 2006 11:11 am

Hello. Yep tried most things, new spray bar, non return valve etc, lasts a couple of weeks and then down to almost nothing then tried to drill out the wiper spindle which was rusty and pretty solid with muck. guess what silly bugger broke the drill bit off !!!??@***. Answer was to get a couple of plastic twin jet nozzles from the local shop and mount them through the grill below the windscreen coupled with a "T" . 6 months later and no problems. ( mounted about 10" to the left and right of the wiper spindle.) Not neccessary to drill any holes in the car and almost invisable if painted car colour. Total cost £5-25. Jets, "T", and a bit of extra pipe.
Very dirty water round here, I know should have used distilled but forgot/ or to be honest couldnt be bothered.
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Post by sleepy0905 » Mon Jan 16, 2006 11:31 am

you are supposed to use a small drill bit gradually working up in size till the hole is right and not break the drill bit in the hole. :lol: :lol:
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Post by jeremy » Mon Jan 16, 2006 12:48 pm

I think the dishwasher has a water softener in it working on the ion-exchange process which basically means that the water passes over a catalyst and calcium ions are exchanged for sodium ones from the salt which just happen to be soluble. No doubt the Haynes Dishwasher manual will explain all.

All salt with basically be sodium chloride, some is cleaner, and the fine table salt has driers in it (like magnesium Chloride) to try and stop it going lumpy before you use it. Dishwasher salt is probably re-chrystallised from rock salt - which is what is spread on the roads.

I'll now let those who live in Cheshire tell you what mining it does for your house!

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Post by mnde » Mon Jan 16, 2006 1:03 pm

Maybe BX washers live longer with Calgon? :D

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