Up­grade screen wash­ers

De­fender own­ers take note – this is a def­i­nite ‘why on earth didn’t I do it be­fore?’ job

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Keep­ing your De­fender’s screens clean is a chal­lenge with the stan­dard equip­ment. But Op­ti­mill Race Prod­ucts of­fers a very ef­fec­tive so­lu­tion

When your ve­hi­cle has al­mostver­ti­cal glass and diminu­tive 13in wiper blades, main­tain­ing a clear view ahead can be an up­hill strug­gle. And with the De­fender’s orig­i­nal equip­ment, that strug­gle can be­come a los­ing bat­tle.

Even fit­ting the best-qual­ity blades will be in vain un­less the washer sys­tem can pro­vide enough clean­ing fluid to break up and loosen all the dust, mud and dead bugs that litter the av­er­age Land Rover’s screen.

The orig­i­nal front and rear washer jet noz­zles are not only prone to fall­ing apart and spew­ing washer fluid all over the bon­net, they’re not ac­tu­ally very good when they are work­ing. Each side of the front screen is pro­vided with only one drib­ble of fluid, which rarely lands where it’s needed for an ef­fec­tive clean.

This up­grade kit from Op­ti­mill com­prises a new, higher-flow front washer pump and con­trol relay, larger-bore fluid pipe and very smart bil­let alu­minium washer noz­zles. These are not only ser­vice­able, but they give six jets of wa­ter to the front screen and three to the rear. The kit re­places the en­tire sys­tem for the front washer jets, and fits per­fectly into the orig­i­nal fluid tank on Td5 and TDCI De­fend­ers and is truly pow­er­ful – the jets blast muck off the screen be­fore the wipers have even had a chance to move. The triple-jet rear noz­zle is a straight re­place­ment for the stan­dard one, but still makes a big dif­fer­ence to keep­ing the rear screen clean.

Martin slots in the six-jet front washer

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