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