Windshield Washer Nozzle
Is your car's windshield washer nozzle starting to show signs of wear and tear? Then replace it as soon as possible. Keep in mind that once this part wears down, the washer fluid won't be able to properly squirt out of the washer, preventing you from properly cleaning the windshield. If the nozzle is left unfixed, the dust and road dirt will accumulate on the surface of the windshield, impairing your vision especially during foggy days. So before a dirty windshield becomes a cause of accident, replace that nozzle by following the instructions below:
Tools you'll need:
- Pliers (needle-nose)
Step 1: Locate your car's washer nozzle.
Depending on your car make and model, the nozzle is usually screwed or clipped to the hood or to each of the windshield wiper arms. With some car models, you may have to look under the cowling to find the nozzle. You can always check your car manual if you're not sure where this part is located.
Step 2: Remove the nozzle.
If the nozzle is screwed to the hood or wiper arm, use a screwdriver to unbolt it. If it's clipped in place, simply push or press the clip inwards until the nozzle pops out. Any other part that gets in the way such as hose clips should also be removed. Now if the nozzle is under the cowling, remove the cowling first by prying off the retaining pins with a screwdriver. Once the cowling is removed, you can now uninstall the nozzle. Since most nozzles are connected to a hose with a tapered end, simply pull off the nozzle from the hose after removing the clips or screws.
Step 3: Attach the new washer nozzle.
Attach the new nozzle to the hose and clip or screw it in place by using the old clips or screws. Make sure that you also re-attach the hose and hose clips (if applicable).
Tips to keep in mind
- If you're having problems removing the retaining clips, use a socket and push the clips from the bottom until it pops off. With a bit of persistence and a lot of wiggling, you should be able to remove those clips without breaking them.
- Another technique when dealing with stubborn clips is to use a flat-blade screwdriver and press the snaps of the clips until they slide off.
- Aside from a screwdriver and pliers, you can also use an automotive trim puller tool when removing the retaining clips.
- It's best to have a couple of extra retainer clips handy because it's possible to crack or break one of the retainer clips during installation. This is especially the case if the weather is very bad.
- When installing a windshield washer nozzle, now is the best time to thoroughly inspect other parts of the system such as the pump and hose for signs of damage or old age. Cracks or holes should be patched up as soon as possible. If the pump or hose is beyond repair, it's time to get a replacement.