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Recently realised my headlight washers don't work. Not bothered too much, but I like to tamper. The motor works as I swapped connectors for the windscreen washer wiring. Fuse is intact, so, where next? Thinking relay? Any ideas how to get the glovebox off to get at the relay and wiring?

Tried undoing the 5 or 6 screws I could find but it didn't shift!

Any advice gladly received.

PS I know the headlight washers are crap, butit annoys me when things don't work!
 

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Can you get to it through the small trapdoor in the roof of the glovebox?

Mine is a bit intermittent at the momement too...!
 
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I've had a go at going in through the trapdoor, but my fingers are too chunky to get access in any meaningful way.
 

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I deliberately disabled mine. Got tired of filling the water bottle every day in winter!
 
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Just read that headlight washers are an MoT test requirement on cars with HID headlights now, so I need to get mine working. I'm guessi g it's the relay as the pump and wiring is good, and I get no click of a relay when they should fire.

Can anyone give me a clue on how to remove the glove box? And whether a standard relay can be used to see if the existing one is faulty?

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I know it sounds obvious, but, you do know they only work when the headlights are turned on don't you? :eek:
 

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Do they also not work every time if you see what I mean. Like every sixth spray or something. Or did I dream that?
There is a timer.
Can't remember exactly how it works, but you are correct, it won't work every time.
 

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I didn't know they only worked when the lights were on but I thought they operated every third wash on the windscreen when they were working?
 

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I think it is actually a time delay between headlight squirts when working correctly.

Mine is a bit intermittent at the moment... I need to get above the glovebox when it warms up a bit too... :rolleyes:
 
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Yeah, I know about the intermittentness thing and them only working with lights on. They never work and I want to get them going so I don't have to worry at MoT time.
 

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Yeah, I know about the intermittentness thing and them only working with lights on. They never work and I want to get them going so I don't have to worry at MoT time.
Let us know how it goes, so I can attack mine later!
 

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My mot guys r good, if there is something not right and dangerous they will let me know, but headlight washers not working with hids is a joke, they would never fail me for that, and anyone who does shouldn't get repeat business.
 
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It's one of the new rules that came in on 1st January along with lots of rules on warning lights and botched repairs. Most make sense, they are trying to bring the electronics in a car into the test eg the ABS, SRS, main beam, engine management etc lights must work and not be disconnected. Also covers any repairs to a car being to a good standard so botched repairs won't be allowed!
 

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My mot guys r alfa specialists so I guess r a bit more sympathetic to my gtas, for example airbag lights etc they know r common little faults and intermittent mcsf light.
 

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My mot guys r alfa specialists so I guess r a bit more sympathetic to my gtas, for example airbag lights etc they know r common little faults and intermittent mcsf light.
At the moment, they're not reasons to fail. Come April, they will be.
 
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Indeed, the MoT rules could be a right pain if your car has electrical gremlins. All of these faults get an advisory until April 1st. Then they are all fail items!
 
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