Washer fail­ure

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Tales From The Workshop -

The un­der­bon­net area of most mod­ern ve­hi­cles is pretty lim­ited. More and more has been added to the en­gine over the past decade, which has re­sulted in a lack of space and the need to find more places to fit the re­quired com­po­nents.

One such nec­es­sary part which has been shoved off to the side is the washer bot­tle. On many ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing this 2005 BMW 320d, you’ll find the washer bot­tle hid­den within the re­cess of the in­ner wing. This means that the plas­tic in­ner whee­larch panel needs to be re­moved for ac­cess.

The wash­ers on this ve­hi­cle had not been work­ing for a while and the owner had put off fix­ing them un­til its MOT. The dam­age had oc­curred over the win­ter, and we dis­cov­ered that the washer pump had most likely frozen, con­demn­ing it to the scrap pile.

With the wing liner re­moved, the washer bot­tle could be ac­cessed at the rear of the in­ner whee­larch.

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