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Re: washer jets

clean with fuse wire, a table spoon of vinegar in the washer bottle every time you fill it can stop them blocking up
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excellent point

i can forgive and forget when problems are due to new technology and its an expected part of teething troubles. thats the main reason i dont want a brand new model car. at least not until the faults are well known and have been resolved.

but consistent problems with basic parts cant be excused. most of the bravo's problems we're well known before they released the mk2, yet the mk2 still sufferes almost all the same faults, and they were all easily avoided on the mk1 never mind the mk2. so not only do they get the easy bits wrong in the first place, they dont even try to do anything about it on later revisions.

a leaking sunroof is another example of basic things going wrong. its not hard to prevent sunroof leaks.

my girlfriend's mk2 punto is even worse for faults than the bravo/a range, and its replacment the mk2.5 is just as bad. and it is still a lot of the basic stuff thats causing problems like the front wiper mechanism. i can almost get over the electric power steering failures becasue it was a new development and it isnt too common, but the wipers failing on so many cars is a disgrace!!

i couldnt ever recommend a fiat group car to anyone. unless i hated them.
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Cheers for all of your help guys

I will take a proper look at them tomorrow morning because it's been too dark to do anything this week by the time I've got home from work.

Will let you know how I get on
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I forgot about leaking sunroofs, not something I have had, but I understand most brava/os suffer from it. I mean come on, it wasn't the 1980s when the bravo/a was made.

I think personally that due to there being lots of silly problems - that turn people off about the range - it makes it a good buy if you're happy to repair little things. However, most people see such problems and walk away.

But I couldn't ever have bought a 2001, 33k common rail diesel in near perfect condition for £1650 from anywhere else! Engines are pretty damn good throughout, let down by silly little things.
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Quote Originally Posted by The Negotiator View Post
it makes it a good buy if you're happy to repair little things.
that is by far the main reason i bought one. compared to a similar spec golf or focus of the same age i'd have paid 3-4 times as much. and they arent 3-4 times better.
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When i had to clean out my jets i used fuse wire. Just make sure you don't try to force anything to large in the hole, it'll bugger it up.
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Thanks Stark

Right so I've been working on them (and a few other little niggles that I've spotted along the way)

I've got the bonnet washer jets, nozzles (that connect to the hoses) and the rear washer jet all soaking in a cup of hot water with a little bit of salt and vinegar (just for flavour ).

As for the headlight washers, how do I gain access to the hoses at the back? Is it front bumper off time?

Also I noticed that the hose coming out of the washer tank was kinked a bit just before what looks like the non-return valve, is this normal or has the hose been shifted around and got kinked at some point?
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OK So cleaning the washer jets/nozzles didnt do the trick

After closer inspection it looks as if the water level in the washer tank hasnt actually dropped since I filled it up earlier in the week (a bit odd considering I've spent a fair bit of time testing the washers) so I think I am going to take the plunge and remove the washer tank/motor, check it all over and clean it out.

Has anyone got any advice for me on this? or can think of any other possible answers to this problem?

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save yourself some time, try pulling the hose off at the washer motor, see if it spills out (it should) and then check if it squirts out when motor is switched on. also try blowing through the hose. this way you can see if the problem is with pump or hose without removing anything.
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im now having a similar problem with mine!!! the front washers are now working but the back one just wont squirt any water out at all!! tried a pin prick on it but with no luck....kind of worrying is seeing some water drip out from underneath the car towards the back (not directly under the back windscreen wiper)....could this be connected?
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Re: washer jets

it is VERY common for the water pipe to pop off right at the end where it fixed to the back of the washer jet. glue it back in place and it should stay there. and dont use the rear wash until its fixed, or else the water can damage the electrics in the tailgate, and it causes mould, especially in winter when it takes weeks to dry out.
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Cheers for the advice Jug I must have known thats what you was going to say because that's what I ended up doing lol.

Front washers arent working due to a non working non-return valve lacated just before the driver's side washer jet.

Rear one I think is due to a similar problem. I believe the valve for the rear pipe is under the scuttle panel, is that right?

I'm going to take a look for it now and hopefully get it all sorted today.
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Re: washer jets

After a few hours of trying to work in tight spaces, lots of swearing and a few cuts and bruises its all sorted

Non-return valve for the front washers repaced with a simple t-piece (couldnt get hold of a Y-shape non-return valve)

Non-return valve for the rear washer replaced with another non-return valve.
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Nice one glad you got it fixed.
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