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Old 03-08-2003, 10:32 PM
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Washer jet clogged???

First off I would like to thank the MercedesShop.com staff and every member in this forum. The knowledge herein is unbeliveable! I used the search engine before posting this, so try not to flame spray me if I missed something. I have a 1999 C230K with a small problem. The washer jet located on the driver's side does not dispense any fluid, not one single drop. Thoe other jet on the passenger's side works just fine, however. I removed the fluid line from the jet on the driver's side, activated the washer pump and low and behold washer fluid was discharged from the disconnected line and also the passenger's side jet. The fluid is getting to the jet on the driver's side just not through it. I have read from previous posts that the jets usually do not clog, but in this case I think it has. Are there any recommendations for trying to unclog the jet or just purchase a new jet? I know there is a heating element in the jet and did not want to cause any damage to the jet by shoving a safety pin down the jets. Thanks for the help in advance.
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Old 03-09-2003, 01:49 AM
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I have the same problem on my 420SEL. I end up using a real fine sewing needle to get the crud out.
What I am wondering, is what kind of fluid you are using. I am using orange stuff made by RainX. I don't know if my fluid is being heated too much, or if this is something that happens when using the orange RainX...but my little nozzles clog up frequently with crud. (and keeping a little tiny needle handy, w/o loosing it, is a pain)

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Old 03-09-2003, 03:01 AM
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easy fix

Stick a needle in a 1/4 wood stick about 6 inches long then you can clean and aim. To prevent that happening again, put a small filter(bug fuel filters work great) in the line before is seperates to the two nozzels.
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Old 03-09-2003, 03:14 AM
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A little inline fuel filter does work good for filtering out the "floaties" that appear in the washerfluid resevoir. But, the build up that I have occures up by the nozzles themselves.
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Old 03-09-2003, 04:28 AM
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I recently had the same problem, but it turned out there was a factory installed inline filter. I just removed the filter and everything is fine now. Look and see if you have one installed, they are quite small.
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Old 03-09-2003, 01:41 PM
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In my case, I've noticed that when I wax the car, wax simply clogs the hole of the opening of the jet.

I just take a sewing needle or clothes pin and clean in out. Then I run the jets for good measure.

Your owners manual I think shows a picture of where the jets should hit the windshield.

I think the dealers use metal rods that they use to aim the jets, but with simple trial and error, you can aim them where they should go.
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Old 03-09-2003, 04:10 PM
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Thanks for the advice! I used a regular household safety pin and a little bit of washer fluid flush and everything works great. Thanks again for everyones's help and time.
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