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Question Headlamp washers now working!

Ever since i bought the V S (early April) the left headlamp washer refused to pop up and the right would pop up but not go back down again. With this recent spell of cold weather both now work perfectly again which leads me to think its heat related. I reckon the metal components have contracted in the cold weather allowing them to move more freely, has anybody else with headlamp washers experienced the same thing or is it just me?
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Why do you need washers on headlights??

Lens cleaners
Headlamp washers in action on a Volkswagen GTI

Dirt buildup on headlamp lenses increases glare to other road users, even at levels too low to reduce seeing performance significantly for the driver. Therefore, headlamp lens cleaners are required by ECE Regulation 48 on vehicles equipped with low-beam headlamps using light sources that have a reference luminous flux of 2,000 lumens or more. This includes all HID headlamps and some high-power halogen units. Some cars have lens cleaners fitted as standard or available as optional equipment even where the headlamp specifications and/or prevailing technical regulations do not require them. North America, for example, does not use ECE regulations, and FMVSS 108 does not require lens cleaners on any headlamps, though they are permitted. Lens cleaning systems come in two main varieties: a small motor-driven wiper blade or brush conceptually similar to those used on the windshield of the car, or a fixed or pop-up high-pressure sprayer which cleans the lenses with a spray of windshield washer flui
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Originally Posted by greavey View Post
Why do you need washers on headlights??
By law cars fitted with Xenon headlights (fitted at the time of manufacture) have to have headlight washers fitted to them, as when Xenon lights are dirty the light beams can be deflected and dazzle oncoming cars (or something like that )
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