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Old 05-03-2011, 03:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have an '02 with the sort of washer nozzles that fan the spray out across the whole windshield. The problem is that they are aimed high, and get nearly as much fluid on the roof as they do on the windshield.

Is there a way to adjust this? I looked and couldn't see anything like the little nozzles you could point around on the older style.
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I have an '02 with the sort of washer nozzles that fan the spray out across the whole windshield. The problem is that they are aimed high, and get nearly as much fluid on the roof as they do on the windshield.

Is there a way to adjust this? I looked and couldn't see anything like the little nozzles you could point around on the older style.
I can't see any way to adjust them, but I just do several short squirts if I'm stopped or going slow. It seems that they are set up for high speed and hit the windshield pretty good at over 50 mph.
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I haven't done it on my car, but in the past I have used an o-ring pick (needle or paper clip) to adjust nozzles. Sometimes they are not adjustable.

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James, with the older style nozzles that shoot a stream I would have done the same thing, but these newer style washers shoot a fan-shaped pattern, there doesn't seem to be any nozzle to adjust.

I've gotten using the short bursts, and trying to overcome my desire to soak the **** out of any stubborn bugs on the windshield.
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Bummer. What about creating an orifice in the supply line to reduce pressure? Could test effectiveness with something like vice grips first.
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in my 03 they werent adjustable. if i used them while stopped they would shoot clear over the car and hit whatever was behind me haha
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I did this once on another car with plug in type sprayers. It takes a little finesse and trial and error, but can be done.

Find some thin plastic material, like a used plastic jug. Cut a small piece that approximates that size and shape of the sprayer. We'll call it a spacer.

Then take that and cut in into the shape of a C or a U.

Lift the front edge of the sprayer enough to drive that spacer under the base of the sprayer in the front only. It should lift up the front of the sprayer enough to change the aim point.

Alternatively, you can wedge it from one of the front corners of the sprayer to make the pattern cut across the windshield at an angle, so it hits high and low.

It takes a bit of trimming with a sharp razor or exacto knife to get it the right size and shape. If you want black, use an old oil or transmission fluid bottle.

Let us know how it works for you.
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