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Originally Posted by jayjaynz View Post
Guys, having read your tips on washer problem, and hearing the pump doing its whirring thing, I may have to look forward to replacing it or the impellor. Can the impellor be replaced?
In theory, you could. In practice, since most parts of this type are sealed units and hence non-serviceable (read 'disposable') it's just not worth the hassle.

A replacement pump isn't that expensive (the one I got was 24 inc.VAT for a 'genuine' Renault part, and GSF do one for about a tenner+VAT) and it's not a particularly difficult job to replace it. Getting at it is a different matter and will depend on your car - for example, on the Clio II the wipers have to come off, and since I couldn't manage this without special tools (wipers were seized on) I entrusted the job to the garage.
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I had a similar problem a few weeks ago with my front wipers.

Considering the fact that i am convinced the French are out for revenge for something we did in a former decade, hence the making of the Scenic 2, i was resigned to a garage visit.
However, I am not one to allow Ze French to win so i set about emptying the reservoir bottle.

This proved proved to be more difficult then I would've imagined as it is nigh on impossible to get at the back of the bottle to unplug anything.

After many minutes of scratching my head and cursing Ze French I realised that if I kept the lever pulled as if i was needing water to be sprayed on the windscreen, that this would indeed empty the bottle.

Great in theory but i had just filled up the 6 litre reservoir bottle that day thinking it was empty!

What I did notice was that by using the front wipers the water actually came out the back spray hole alot quicker than when i tried using the back window knob.

Anyway, after about 5-10 minutes of spewing water everywhere the bottle was finally empty.

At this point the front jets spluttered into life and a bit of water came out. Excitedly I put some water in and Viola! The front wipers worked!

I can only assume that the front jets had an air pocket in the tubes or indeed a bit of gunk had got itself stuck over the hole inside the bottle.

Glad to say that everything is now working fine. So, don't go buying any parts until you drain the reservoir bottle completely.

Hope your problem resolves itself soon
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I use an old turkey baster and a piece of small bore pipe to empty reservoirs - spotted one in Tescos last week for 99 pence - also suitable for topping up awkward master cylinders, etc and the drip tray at the back of fridges when defrosting - wouldn't be without one - now I know why the turkey tasted strange at Christmas

During winter months I use a least 30% winter screen-wash to water - because if it freezes you could end up with a furbarred pump or split reservoir - much cheaper in the long run and also love that we hit that comes in via the heater vents - Gee Whiz I'm startoig to sound sound like a junky
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could be worth a look i had a problem my water not coming out bf lifted bonnet and it was simply the tube for water jets was getting nipped when bonnet shutting moved pipe and attached it right and shut bonnet hey presto water
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