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Old 04-19-2003, 05:28 PM
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Headlight washer seems to be leaking...

I needed to remove my headlight on the drivers side, so I:

Pulled the side blinker, removed the two top screws, rear, and side mount headlight screws.

I have cold wx package, and headlight washers. Instructions say to pull the trim, so I started to work that out and did get it loose.

I never did remove the tube from the front "pop-out" washer thing, I didn't need to.

Once I was done, I put the trim back in, buttoning things up. Then I noticed the washer fluid starting to drip under the plastic belly pan. Big time.

I removed everything again. This time, I removed the trim piece completely, popping the washer thing from the tube. I wire tied the headlight out of the way, and inspected the washer contraption. I pulled the lock tab, and removed the hose from the washer. O-ring seemed intact. I cannot seem to find any reason for the leak. I put the hose back into the recepticle, and clipped it back on. Blowing into the plastic nozzle, I did not seem to get any air leakage but bubbles in the squirter fluid tank... I *think* it might be leaking from the small hole in the bottom of the washer plunger assembly, but not sure. Everything seemed OK, so I put it all together, and now it's slowed down to maybe 1 drip every 30-40 seconds, but enough to leave a wet spot on drive way about 6" in diameter...

Anybody have any ideas? It's new, I suppose I can return to dealer and have them take a look. Or, just plug the hose going to these squirters and eliminate them from being used. I have to admit, I normally just pull the spritzer in short 1 second bursts to avoid the headlight washers working anyway...

Its just a puzzle to me just what went wrong and why it is dripping...

Old 04-19-2003, 08:09 PM
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well the nozzels are pushed out by the water pressure i believe.. i was reading a post earlier that explained that if the nozzel was frozen/blocked from the outside if you used the washers the nozzels wouldn't come out and it wouldn't damage anyhting.

i had the same problem when i installed my xenons. i had to pull the nozzles out (which would then fill with water) to get the headlight out and when i let it go back in the large amount of water sucked in by the nozzle tubing would basically leak all over the front bumper/ into the belly pan. by the time the install was done there was a nice little puddle at the bottom of the pan.

is that what's happening with you?

if so it's normal. does the leaking stop once the nozzels are back in place and alll the water has drained out? it should only happen when you pull the nozzle out.

dealership may make a stink about it if they find out you tried opening up the headlight.
Old 04-20-2003, 08:46 AM
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Had same problem..Here's the fix!

When you pull the washer "head", with the trim piece under the light, the tube does pull out slightly....and washer fluid will leak out.
Now the "fun" part!
You've got to COMPLETELY push the washer head back into the tube, and the way I did it was by having someone turn on the headlight washers, and while they are out (2-3 seconds), I pushed on them. I could feel them move in about 1/4". That was all they needed to seal agin.
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