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Basic Screenwash Bottle/Pump Filter Cleaning Guide - Mk2.5 Focus

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Just a quick picture guide for removing the screenwash bottle to clean the filter.  Seems to be a common issue where they block up when different screenwashes are mixed.

Jack up and support the OSF corner, remove the wheel.

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Remove the full wheel arch liner.  These are T30 TORX screws.  Starting at the back, there is one under the mudflap (if fitted), one top corner of mud flap, one either side of the suspension strut, 2 in the bumper, and 3 under the front corner through the undertrays.

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Then just bend the liner inwards and pull it out.

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The washer bottle is top left.  Mines in 2 pieces - not sure if that's extra size for headlight washers or if they're all the same.

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Now...the washer pump is directly behind the bottle, between the bottle and the back of the wing - I can't understand why they didn't fit it on the front there!?  So, you do need to at least lower the bottle to access it.  There are 2 10mm bolts holding the small rear bottle in (one can be seen above).  It's a tight fit, but does just pull down after those bolts are removed.  If you don't wish to remove the rear bottle, you can just pull that pipe out, it's just held in by a 10 year old rubber grommet! :laugh:  Make sure to place something underneath to catch the screenwash.  2 of the main bottle bolts are easy to access underneath...

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The third bolt holds the filler neck and is under the plastic trim piece.  This trim piece is secured by plastic screw.  Basically unscrew it, then pop out the screw surround with a flat screwdriver. 

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At this point I realised this piece of trim goes underneath the scuttle panel...another amazing piece of design there. :unsure:  I wasn't going to the hassle of removing the scuttle so managed to bend the trim just enough to get a small 10mm socket on a UJ in.  Once the bolt is removed, the filler neck needs pushing away from the bottle, towards the engine, it has a long hard pipe on it that fits into the bottle so needs moving to get the bottle out.  You can't fully remove it with the trim still in place but can get it just out of the way.

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Now the bottle should be almost free to drop.  If you look up behind the bottle you will see a white plastic clip, I think this is used during manufacture to hold the bottle in place while it's bolted in.  If you pull hard on the bottle it will come down suddenly...watch your fingers!  Second time I did it, I pushed the clip up and out of it's locator in the bodywork which allows the bottle to release a bit more smoothly.  Not sure it really needs refitting but I did anyway, I wouldn't worry if it breaks though.

If you just want access to the washer pump, the bottle can hang on the pipes and wires without an issue, the pump is at the back corner here.

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Push it straight back and out of the grommet with the filter, apply steady even pressure, not a sharp shock as you'll snap something.  Here you can see how the pump and filter work together.

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Pop the filter out with a flat screwdriver between it and the bottle...don't go jabbing a screwdriver into the filter itself lol.

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Just run it under the tap to clean

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Refit the filter and pump and refitting is a reverse of removal as Haynes would say!

I went a bit further though, and fully removed the bottle.  Pulled down further, the electrical item near the washer pump is the level sensor.  

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The headlight washer pump is located around the inside of the bottle, and this has no filter on it.

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I fully removed both bottles to try and clean but the shape of them makes that pretty much impossible.  This was the best I could do with a hose and wheel brush.  Filling it with some sort of cleaner before removal may help.  I also placed the washer pumps in a bucket of clean water before refitting them to the bottle to flush out the pumps and pipes.  Just make sure the water level is high enough for the pump to suck in but not high enough to get into the electrical plug.  Not sure why but the headlight washers wouldn't work properly while doing this wrong angle maybe.

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And all refitted...

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The additional second washer fluid reservoir is only present on vehicles with factory fitted HID lights / headlight washers. Vehicles with halogen headlights only have the main washer fluid reservoir.

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On 11/18/2017 at 5:12 PM, JW1982 said:

The additional second washer fluid reservoir is only present on vehicles with factory fitted HID lights / headlight washers. Vehicles with halogen headlights only have the main washer fluid reservoir.

Depends on country. My car has halogen lights and  headlight washers so I suspect it has the additional fluid reservoir.

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