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About III Rex III

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  • Birthday 10/20/1982

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    1.6 Focus
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  1. The split was right in the middle of the gromit, I peeled it back and put quite a few pieces of duct tape around it. I had to wiggle a pin around in the rear washer itself and quite a bit of gunk blasted out. I'd guess the blockage caused a pressure build up to split the already weakened pipe section in the bend. I'll see how the duct tape holds for now, but I will need to replace it long term. My mist type washers arrived and I've fitted those, which work ok but spray a bit low (I spotted the tip about a dot of glue in another thread so I'll give that a go) I've also put non return valves on each one. The main problem now is the old front washers were the heated type and the new ones didn't come with the heating element, (but do have the slot for it) so I thought I could take it out of the old ones. Looked like they should just slide out, however, a stanley knife and a lot of aggro later, they came out it about a million pieces. (I'd post a picture of the hilarity if only I could get photobucket working.) So either they weren't meant to come out, or they were so old, they'd melted into position? Looking online, I can't seem to find just the cable/heating element part on it's own, I'll have to get whole new heated mist washers, hah. Lesson learned. Not a big deal for now, but I'll sort it before winter. Anyway, thanks for the help and tips folks, much appreciated.
  2. Duct tape solves everything. Well for now at least.
  3. Scratch that, it is inside the gromit. It's split so I can see the fibres of the tube. Wondering if I can slip a bit of a narrower tube inside the existing pipe and duct tape it up? Going to have a go anyway as I've no idea how to replace the whole thing without ripping the car to bits...
  4. Since I'm guessing the pipe has split to the rear one, does anyone know what type / diameter / length I would need to fix it? Just ordered some of the mist type for the two front ones, might as well upgrade while I'm at it :P
  5. Hmm, some sort of progress, I've had the tubes off the front washers, both tubes pump fluid fine so there must be a blockage in the nozzle itself, in just one of the two jets (3 out of 4 work fine), I'll have to get that off somehow and see if I can flush it. The rear one however, grrr. It is indeed leaking into boot as Mr Redman suggested, I've had the dark coloured panel off that covers the seat belt, but it seems the leak is coming from further up inside the body, inside a lighter coloured panel I've no idea how to get off. I can't see any obvious screws, but I didn't want to just yank it. (I don't think it's inside the small rubber 'hinge' that connects boot to body for the cables, I've got that off and it seems dry there.) Not sure if I need to take the rear light fixture off as that holds it in or something? If I do I'm screwed because I don't have a star shaped screwdriver attachment, off to Halfords :P I was going to remove the rear brake light that houses the rear washer but I need the star shaped screwdriver for that too. Will halfords carry replacement screws of that type? They're a bit old and rusting.
  6. I can definitely hear the pump when squirting both back and front. I'll have to check the pipes themselves I guess, but the heavens have just opened, so it'll have to wait. Thanks for the other tips though chaps, much appreciated!
  7. No, I'll give that a shot, guess there could be a kink in a pipe or something too? Just assumed it was the gunk, hah. Thanks!
  8. Hi, Just bought a 2001 Focus, 60,000 miles, gave it a once over and most things seem fine (though I'll be getting the cam belt done shortly) The only thing that's bugging me is the rear washer not spraying at all and the front ones are a bit sporadic (passed a new MOT however, got lucky I guess). I suspect the car had been left for quite a while before I bought it, as there was a fair bit of black gunk in the washer reserve, which I cleaned out as best I could before putting new wash fluid in. But if there's gunk in the pipes, is it easy to get the nozzles off the end, then 'flush' the system by squirting them with no nozzles on? Or is it a more complicated thing I'd have to get a garage to do? Could it be another issue I'm overlooking? Thanks in advance.
  9. Just joined up, so saying hi. Bought a Focus 1.6 Zetec (2001) a couple of weeks ago and this seems like a great info resource already. :)
  10. Welcome to the Ford forums III Rex III :)