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TSX Sportwagon - rear washer not squirting    (Score: 1, Normal) 11-13-2018 17:18
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Anybody else had this problem with their 2011-2014 Sportwagon?

I was driving ours today and noticed that nothing was squirting out when I hit the rear washer. When the car is stopped I can hear the motor activating for the front and rear squirters. The front is squirting fine but the rear is dry.

I was going to try to get access to the nozzle but I don't see an obvious way to remove the 3rd brake light lens. I assume it snaps into place but I don't want to force it and find out its fastened some other way.

Any ideas?

JeffX
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FIXED Re: TSX Sportwagon - rear washer not squirting    (Score: 1, Normal) 11-13-2018 18:35
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well, it turned out to be relatively easy to fix. Seems that the nozzle was clogged. I figured out how to remove the trim between the 3rd brake light and the spoiler. Then there were 2 screws which dropped the 3rd brakelight enough to give me access to 2 more screws which allowed me to remove the nozzle. I disconnected it from the hose, tested the squirter and washer fluid was squirting out of the hose. So then I just forced air through the nozzle and that seems to have unclogged it. I put it all back together and it seems to be as good as new.

I snapped a few pics. I'll come back later and put them here.

EDIT: Ok, here are the pics











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TonyEX
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Re: TSX Sportwagon - rear washer not squirting    (Score: 1, Normal) 11-13-2018 18:44
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JeffX wrote:
well, it turned out to be relatively easy to fix. Seems that the nozzle was clogged. I figured out how to remove the trim between the 3rd brake light and the spoiler. Then there were 2 screws which dropped the 3rd brakelight enough to give me access to 2 more screws which allowed me to remove the nozzle. I disconnected it from the hose, tested the squirter and washer fluid was squirting out of the hose. So then I just forced air through the nozzle and that seems to have unclogged it. I put it all back together and it seems to be as good as new.

I snapped a few pics. I'll come back later and put them here.



Couldn't you just use a compressed air can and squirt into the nozzle from the outside in without taking anything apart?

The squirt would dislodge the big blocking piece and break it into smaller bits that could then be washed out with the liquid coming out under pressure.

JeffX
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Re: TSX Sportwagon - rear washer not squirting    (Score: 1, Normal) 11-13-2018 18:51
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TonyEX wrote:
JeffX wrote:
well, it turned out to be relatively easy to fix. Seems that the nozzle was clogged. I figured out how to remove the trim between the 3rd brake light and the spoiler. Then there were 2 screws which dropped the 3rd brakelight enough to give me access to 2 more screws which allowed me to remove the nozzle. I disconnected it from the hose, tested the squirter and washer fluid was squirting out of the hose. So then I just forced air through the nozzle and that seems to have unclogged it. I put it all back together and it seems to be as good as new.

I snapped a few pics. I'll come back later and put them here.



Couldn't you just use a compressed air can and squirt into the nozzle from the outside in without taking anything apart?

The squirt would dislodge the big blocking piece and break it into smaller bits that could then be washed out with the liquid coming out under pressure.



I could've tried that and it was actually the first thing I thought of trying, but then I looked at the corner of my garage where my compressor is stashed and I was too lazy to dig it out. This took me all of about 8 minutes total, including the photography.

I didn't think a can of compressed air would be sufficient, but maybe it would've been.

TonyEX
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Re: TSX Sportwagon - rear washer not squirting    (Score: 1, Normal) 11-13-2018 19:48
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JeffX wrote:
TonyEX wrote:
JeffX wrote:
well, it turned out to be relatively easy to fix. Seems that the nozzle was clogged. I figured out how to remove the trim between the 3rd brake light and the spoiler. Then there were 2 screws which dropped the 3rd brakelight enough to give me access to 2 more screws which allowed me to remove the nozzle. I disconnected it from the hose, tested the squirter and washer fluid was squirting out of the hose. So then I just forced air through the nozzle and that seems to have unclogged it. I put it all back together and it seems to be as good as new.

I snapped a few pics. I'll come back later and put them here.



Couldn't you just use a compressed air can and squirt into the nozzle from the outside in without taking anything apart?

The squirt would dislodge the big blocking piece and break it into smaller bits that could then be washed out with the liquid coming out under pressure.



I could've tried that and it was actually the first thing I thought of trying, but then I looked at the corner of my garage where my compressor is stashed and I was too lazy to dig it out. This took me all of about 8 minutes total, including the photography.

I didn't think a can of compressed air would be sufficient, but maybe it would've been.



A small pin?

JeffX
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Re: TSX Sportwagon - rear washer not squirting    (Score: 1, Normal) 11-13-2018 19:58
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TonyEX wrote:
JeffX wrote:
TonyEX wrote:
JeffX wrote:
well, it turned out to be relatively easy to fix. Seems that the nozzle was clogged. I figured out how to remove the trim between the 3rd brake light and the spoiler. Then there were 2 screws which dropped the 3rd brakelight enough to give me access to 2 more screws which allowed me to remove the nozzle. I disconnected it from the hose, tested the squirter and washer fluid was squirting out of the hose. So then I just forced air through the nozzle and that seems to have unclogged it. I put it all back together and it seems to be as good as new.

I snapped a few pics. I'll come back later and put them here.



Couldn't you just use a compressed air can and squirt into the nozzle from the outside in without taking anything apart?

The squirt would dislodge the big blocking piece and break it into smaller bits that could then be washed out with the liquid coming out under pressure.



I could've tried that and it was actually the first thing I thought of trying, but then I looked at the corner of my garage where my compressor is stashed and I was too lazy to dig it out. This took me all of about 8 minutes total, including the photography.

I didn't think a can of compressed air would be sufficient, but maybe it would've been.



A small pin?



I thought of that too but I think my hands are too large to reach into that area. The squirter is tucked back in there. I actually tried getting in there with a wire brush but it didn't do anything.

SHOBU
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Re: TSX Sportwagon - rear washer not squirting    (Score: 1, Normal) 11-15-2018 10:59
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I wonder how much a dealership would have charged for that 8 minutes of effort ... LOL

Pays to be handy.


JeffX
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Re: TSX Sportwagon - rear washer not squirting    (Score: 1, Normal) 11-15-2018 11:16
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SHOBU wrote:
I wonder how much a dealership would have charged for that 8 minutes of effort ... LOL

Pays to be handy.




yes and they probably would have started with using a compressor to blow the clog out in the first place. It might have taken them less than 1 minute to fix it, haha.

For me it's less about the money, but the time taken to set the appointment, drive over, sit in the waiting room for an hour or so, and then drive back. That's why I always try to investigate if it's something simple that can be handled at home.


last week when the battery crapped out in the CR-V, while I had it in for the replacement I told them about a tick/rattle I was hearing from the rear. I had already tracked it down to the latch on the left rear seatback, and google searches made it sound like the latch would have to be replaced, so I never bothered messing with it. Well, I got the car back and the noise was completely gone. I assumed they replaced the latch but when I asked them they were like "oh no, all we had to do was hit it with some shin-etsu grease". And it really worked. It's silent now. It made me wonder how much THAT "repair" would have cost out of warranty. If the sound comes back, I have a tube of shin-etsu in the garage ready to go.

Profiler
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Re: TSX Sportwagon - rear washer not squirting    (Score: 1, Normal) 11-15-2018 13:31
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Similar to my BMW 3 convert
Front washer refused to squirt
Went to YouTube

It was this simple

Open hood
Passenger side next to windshield locate black tube
Pull black tube out
Blow on it for 10 seconds
Reinsert tube
Voila squirter works

BMW quoted 1500 dollars to replace water tank and pump
The actual tank is located between passengers door and wheel well

Profiler
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Re: TSX Sportwagon - rear washer not squirting    (Score: 1, Normal) 11-15-2018 13:34
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Similar to my BMW 3 convert
Front washer refused to squirt
Went to YouTube

It was this simple

Open hood
Passenger side next to windshield locate black tube
Pull black tube out
Blow on it for 10 seconds
Reinsert tube
Voila squirter works

BMW quoted 1500 dollars to replace water tank and pump
The actual tank is located between passengers door and wheel well


 
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