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Old 11-09-2016   #1
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500L rear washer pipe

Does anyone know if it is easy to gain access to the rear washer pipe under the engine bay? Mine has stopped working, but it seems to be a detached pipe or a break as water now spurts out under the car rather than at the back window when it is activated. I wondered if anyone knew if it was easy to access before I start rummaging around underneath the car to find you have to take out the engine to access it! Thanks in advance.
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Re: 500L rear washer pipe

This is a common fault. Happened a couple of times on ours but is easy to fix thankfully. You need to raise the black plastic cover between the windscreen and the bulkhead on the passenger side . To do this carefully peel back the rubber bonnet seal then prise the centre pin out of the plastic rivet that holds the cover in place. That should let you raise the cover enough to get your hands in and reconnect the pipe . It just snaps together at a junction point. Unfortunately it also rather readily snaps apart again.
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Re: 500L rear washer pipe

Cheers I'll check this out tomorrow!
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Quote Originally Posted by Tynymynydd View Post
This is a common fault. Happened a couple of times on ours but is easy to fix thankfully. You need to raise the black plastic cover between the windscreen and the bulkhead on the passenger side . To do this carefully peel back the rubber bonnet seal then prise the centre pin out of the plastic rivet that holds the cover in place. That should let you raise the cover enough to get your hands in and reconnect the pipe . It just snaps together at a junction point. Unfortunately it also rather readily snaps apart again.
I think you misunderstood my post- it's the rear washer I asked about. Your post seems to relate to the front washer. I don't see how the rear washer has anything to do with the plastic trim that the front washer pipes go into! Still thanks for your post. I guess I'll just have to get on my back and slither under the car to see where the pipe comes out!
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I think you misunderstood my post- it's the rear washer I asked about. Your post seems to relate to the front washer. I don't see how the rear washer has anything to do with the plastic trim that the front washer pipes go into! Still thanks for your post. I guess I'll just have to get on my back and slither under the car to see where the pipe comes out!
The rear washer pipe has a junction under here too. Of course there are junctions elsewhere so may not be this one that's split, but on both occasions ours stopped pumping to the back windscreen and all over the road under the car instead, this is where the break was. It only takes 5 minutes to look 😀
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Re: 500L rear washer pipe

Cheers I'll try again then!
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Re: 500L rear washer pipe

Just like you I had a recurring problem with the washer pipe coming away from the in-line connector, even with the two small rubber sealers in place it would only last a day before coming away again, I over came the problem this way.
The original in-line connector seemed way to small to make a solid connection to the pipework, so a trip to Halfords and purchased one with a larger external diameter, which needed a solid push into the pipes, a small dab of silicon to
make a watertight seal let it dry overnight and problem solved.
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Quote Originally Posted by Tynymynydd View Post
This is a common fault. Happened a couple of times on ours but is easy to fix thankfully. You need to raise the black plastic cover between the windscreen and the bulkhead on the passenger side . To do this carefully peel back the rubber bonnet seal then prise the centre pin out of the plastic rivet that holds the cover in place. That should let you raise the cover enough to get your hands in and reconnect the pipe . It just snaps together at a junction point. Unfortunately it also rather readily snaps apart again.
Thank you very much for the help. It was very easy and exactly as you said. Well done.
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Re: 500L rear washer pipe

Quote Originally Posted by Tynymynydd View Post
This is a common fault. Happened a couple of times on ours but is easy to fix thankfully. You need to raise the black plastic cover between the windscreen and the bulkhead on the passenger side . To do this carefully peel back the rubber bonnet seal then prise the centre pin out of the plastic rivet that holds the cover in place. That should let you raise the cover enough to get your hands in and reconnect the pipe . It just snaps together at a junction point. Unfortunately it also rather readily snaps apart again.

Absolutely brilliant write up, thank you very much. Had the same issue and tried this out today; bingo! Should this be made a sticky?
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Re: 500L rear washer pipe

this very short video shows you how to sort it out
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