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156 washers have simply stopped

no noise from motors just nothing.

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Check the fuse?
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Fuse for windscreen washer is under dash drivers side, fuse number 10, 20amp middle row end fuse on the right.
Washer jet fuse for headlights is located in behind the top cover of the inside of glove box, it's fuse number 4 bottom right, also 20 amp.

If they are both ok, remove the black plastic engine bay cover that sits over the washer bottle spout on the inside of the osf wing (2 screws) for better access to the pumps.

Remove the multi plugs and swap them round... If the headlight pump operates when operating the washer switch stalk, then its the windscreen pump that's defective.
A new one is cheap enough but you can simply swap the plugs and the pump exit pipes over and use the headlight washer pump for the windscreen instead as a free fix... the headlight washers are pointless anyway as they only operate once every now and then on a timer sequence with dipped beam on... once you swap the plugs and pipes over it operates the same as the windscreen washer should.

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You can try taking the pump out (there is just enough room if you unbolt the coolant reservoir tank and move it out of the way) and giving it a gentle tap; beware all the washer bottle content will be lost and make sure you don't lose the rubber sealing ring. I did this when mine stopped working and I think it was some debris that had jammed the impeller.
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A few more handy tips regarding washer bottles and keeping them tip top...
So you've lost the small plastic filler cap... Don't just leave it, debris and dust from the engine bay can make short work of the motors and at best, block the spring loaded joint unions between the pipes so you end up with a pathetic dribble
You can go to the dealer's but the best solution is to use a screw cap from a cheap empty wine bottle or even WKD, Bacardi etc... they fit perfectly

Once a year, take the time to empty the contents via the motors and jets, release the hose clips to the motors.

Give the filler bottle a good flush out with clean water then reconnect the pipes. Throw in a small 250ml bottle of white vinegar and cover the jets with a towel to catch it as it comes out and run the jets again.
Flush out with clean water again and refresh with screen wash. Your washers will continue to work as they did from the factory as good as new

Keep a cheap pan scrubber in the car (pound shops sell them in a pack if six). The type with sponge and a green scourer.
Use the green rough surface to remove hardened bug splatter from the windscreen glass only in a jiffy and save you wasting screenwash and wiper blades being damaged in a futile and vain attempt ... Bug crap in the sun can harden like superglue, the rough pad will make very short work of it and best of all, it won't scratch the glass so don't worry

But ... It will make short work of painted surface and rubber seals, so be careful... Don't use it on your headlamps, they are coated plastic!

Don't be tempted to use a needle to clean the jets, they aren't like the old fashioned type and you can damage them beyond repair.... There is a small flat blade black screw head on the side of the jet assembly if you need to adjust them up or down. Just a miniscule adjustment can make them miss the screen entirely , so do be gentle and careful.

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