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#1 Brigante

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 11:26 PM

Driving round Wales today I went to use my wipers to try n get rid of a smear on the windcsreen from a rather large fly that met a messy demise

 

On spraying the jets, I found that instead of spraying at the windcscreen as they should, they sprayed only a couple inches and Barely managed to trickle on the scuttle panel

 

Thought some how maybe the washer bottle may be empty even though I filled it the other day

 

So I've just brimmed the washer bottle again now, yet its still the same n the jets wont even make it near  the bottom edge of the windscreen

 

 

Any ideas what the problem could be? as I obviously need to sort this asap especially as I have a 4 hour drive in a couple days

 

 

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 05:52 AM

Hi mate,
Get a garden hose and open your washer bottle,
Put the hose in the bottle on medium flow and allow it to overflow for up to 30 minutes,
This will clear out the dirt and lime from the bottle,

Remove your jets,
Purchase some clear viniger, yes the stuff you put on chips,
Fill a cup or glass with viniger no water just pure viniger,
Remove the rubber seals from the jets
Steap the jets in the viniger for at least 24hrs
Stirring them occasionally,
Viniger is a mild organic solvent, it will break down lime and dirt.

With the jets removed,
Flush out the pipes using your motor,
But do it in small bursts so as the motor doesn't burn out on you.

And take care,
Your washer bottle and anybody's washer bottle that's over 3 months old contains a range of diseases found in stagnet water,

If you can get some pure isopropanol
Make up a 30% solution
For example 30ml Iso to 70ml water,

Iso is great for cleaning and won't strip your paint or split your bottle,
Do not use acetone if offered it instead of isopropanol mate,

Other option
Use a litre of coca-cola

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 12:27 PM

Thanks for the reply Lenny mate very helpful

I do not have access to a garden hose here or at home

I should be able to do the vinager though

Where do I get hold of isopropanol from?

I've got plenty of coke around though

My washer bottle is full at the moment with water, so are you suggesting removing the jets to soak in vinager, flushing the jets n running through a litre of coke?

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 01:09 PM

try cleaning out the jets i vinegar first, if not then do you still have your old jets to hand? use them. if you havent then buy a spare set from ford for now until the issue is fixed. safety first...especially as it will only cost a couple of quid.

 

if you dont have clear vinegar then try

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 01:12 PM

sorry it had to be done :P



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Posted 17 October 2013 - 01:12 PM

Will be going out into the local town shortly to purchase some white vinager

I believe I do still have my old jets, the problem is they are a 4hour drive away back in nottingham

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 02:21 PM

Just to check, does the pump make exactly the same noise as it always has?



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Posted 17 October 2013 - 02:29 PM

Your thinking the water pump could be on the way out?

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 04:53 PM

I've now checked the rear washer jet n nothing at all comea out of it, and still only a trickle from fronts.

So its not just that the fronts are blocked so vinager aint gonna work

what is gonna be the likely causr for front n rear jets to fail?

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 06:49 PM

There's a small plastic filter between the tank and pump which can clog up. 

A tank flush should help dislodge the sludge and gunk.



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Posted 17 October 2013 - 07:06 PM

When i first got mine i had the same problem turns out mine was just a clogged filter in the washer bottle

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 07:22 PM

Cheers lads hope it is just that

How exactly do i flush the tank?

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 07:40 PM

Syphon the fluid out with a bit of hose and suction fuel thief style and get a pressure washer in there but don't blast too hard.

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 08:00 PM

I dont fancy sucking on a hose to get the water out

Will the jetwash at a petrol station be too strong?

I'm worried now cause i dont think i'll be able to do anything before i leave for home

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 09:05 PM

This may work because I know when they get clogged from the washer end that squirts the water use a sewing pin to clear the holes ..... Possibly ??

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