Windscreen Washer Help Please!

Discussion in 'Bay Tech Clinic' started by talkingdreams, Feb 6, 2007.

  1. talkingdreams

    talkingdreams New Member

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    Hi,
    Im trying to get my windscreen washer to work.
    The bottle seems to b missing a bit.
    There is a tube that attaches 2 the top of the bottle about 10 cm long,
    but it doesnt seem to have any sort of valve that I can use to pump up!
     
  2. Kamper

    Kamper New Member

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    I saw the container lid at pick'a'part in kilsyth.
    Would only be leik $2.

    Try ringin' any local vw repairers or try a local wreckers.
    --Kamper
     
  3. Doc

    Doc Active Member

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    I converted mine to electric with a window washer pump and a fish tank non return valve. Took me a couple of hours but works Ok'sh. My Kombi has 4 washers for some reason.
     
  4. JHB88

    JHB88 Member

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    I have been told that I should do this to my Dual Cab. I bought a pump but where do you go from there.

    Could you give a step by step account of what you did?

    Where did you mount the pump?

    How did you wire it up?

    What does a "fish tank non return valve" look like?
     
  5. Doc

    Doc Active Member

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    Well........
    I used model airplane fuel tubing as it is mor flexible and lasts longer than fishtank air tubing.
    1. Mount the pump below your water bottle especially if its a nonpriming pump (means it needs water in it to start pumping)
    2. The top tubing I lengthened it and put vertical and on the end put a fishtank one way valve. (This is so it doesn't get a vacuum in the water reservoir, if you don't put the tube and valve in it will slosh water around when you drive.
    3. Connect the outlet of the pump to the washers, If you need to replace the washers themselves Roy sells them, the tubing easy to come by at pet shops, also t pieces and one way valves can be purchased there, automotive shops also have good tubing and t pieces.
    4. The Doc's little gem. On the output side of the water pump insert a one way valve as this will mean water is kept up to the washers at all time.
    5. The switch will mean a little wiring on the dash with a momentary on/off switch, if you want to be very clever add a microswitch to where the original mechanical washer mechanism was/is on the drive column

    All this and more can be yours if the price is right (sorry got carried away)
     
  6. JHB88

    JHB88 Member

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    Thanks Doc, very helpful.

    Hope we haven't hijacked your post talkingdreams - maybe Docs info will help you too.
     
  7. Doc

    Doc Active Member

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    I'm sure he wont mind, I forgot to mention the washer pump I picked up at "autopro" and it really is not mounted but lies ubder the water bottle with the electrics well and truly insulated.
    Cheers
     
  8. GypsyWannabe

    GypsyWannabe Active Member

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    Would the washer fluid reservoir be that plastic bottle I can see behind the steering column down near the floor in my '75 Deluxe? (although my wife reckons there's nothing deluxe about it at the moment! :))

    And should it work by pulling on the wiper lever???? Or should I be looking for a button or something somewhere?

    Thanks,

    Baz
     
  9. BrianK

    BrianK Well-Known Member

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    cant wait to see your responses here baz. i have that bottle where you state you have yours, its got water in it but it dont come out any where no matter what i do.

    cheers brian
     
  10. kombimatt

    kombimatt Active Member

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    I got one of them too

    When we got our first bus you could pull the wiper lever and instead of water coming out of the washers on to the screen it came out the steering column and onto knees, feet and floor. An easy fix apparently - not done by me but by my mechanic.

    Matt
     
  11. kombikid76

    kombikid76 New Member

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    youve gotta use tyre/bike pump and pump up the tank, then when you pull the wiper switch towards the roof a little valve is triggered and releases the pressure to the jets and sprays water.

    If its not working ide say u got no pressure, then check is you can see water coming anywhere from under the dash (might be wise to disconnect battery). If nothing still take out the wiper mechanism on the steering column and check the valve.

    If you get water under the dash or on your knees you;ll need to replace the hoses or valve.


    ratwell is a good source of all baywindow kombi technical assistance; http://www.ratwell.com/technical/WasherHoses.html
     
  12. HempKombi

    HempKombi New Member

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    And while on the topic of trying to get our windscreens clean, what size of wiper replacement blades will fit a '76, and also perhaps any suggestion of the best place to buy them?

    Thanks, and sorry for the laziness and changing this thread topic.
     
  13. GypsyWannabe

    GypsyWannabe Active Member

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    Thanks

    Thanks Kombikid... I'll have a look at that on the weekend.

    Lots of useful info on that Ratwell site! Giving me lots of ideas!

    Baz
     
  14. syncro

    syncro Well-Known Member

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    They are thinner than blades at K-Mart, Repco etc. Get them from a VW dealer or specialist (Wolfsburg Auto etc.)
     
  15. Doc

    Doc Active Member

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    I changed my washers to electric secondary to the mechanism in the wiper lever not sealing and the tank slowly depressurizing by dribbling water through the washers. At that stage I couldn't find a replacement but they do sell them at www.cip1.com. Last time I bought some stuff from them it cost more for posting and packing than the parts.
     
  16. GypsyWannabe

    GypsyWannabe Active Member

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    Well, I struck water! Took the tank out and filled it up today. Pumped a bit of air in, pulled the lever and got my knees wet...!

    At least I know it will work... will have to look at tubing etc.

    If anyone has pics of how to fit an electric pump etc. it would be appreciated if you could post 'em...

    Thanks,

    Baz
     
  17. ahoogah

    ahoogah New Member

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    changed the valve actuator system to micro switch and elec motor.Motor cost $15, micro switch $1.50, wire I had. Adapted the leaking valve by disection and transplanted switch.Made a bracket to mount motor under reservoir,wired one side direct to power, the other earthed through the switch.Works fine.
     
  18. GypsyWannabe

    GypsyWannabe Active Member

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    Thanks ... you make it sound so simple!

    I'll sit and meditate on that and see if I can make sense of it!

    Cheers, :)

    Baz
     
  19. kombikid76

    kombikid76 New Member

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    airhead did you take any pics of the microswitch install?
     
  20. kommodius

    kommodius New Member

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    Kombis (particularly lowlights) were never fitted with a windscreen washer!
    They were factory fitted with an air-pressure actuated Knee-Chiller.

    You filled the tank (in front of the driver's knees) with water, pressurised the system with a tyre inflatermorator, and when you pulled the wiper arm back, water gushed over the driver's knees giving much needed cool comfort on balmy European winter's nights!
    Another brilliant piece of German design!

    Ahh! Many's the '60's wintery night that my youthful passions were calmed by that splash of icy water from the wiper arm!

    ........................... I'd have over 200 children by now if it wasn't for that piece of post-war family planning!! Thanks VW!

    ...................... If you don't need that kind of assistance with misplaced amorousness, put in an electric washer pump as advised above.

    Ray & da Boyz (only two thanks to that factory device!)
     

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