Help please rear washer

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iandc

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2,074 posts

141 months

Thursday 19th February 2009
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I have 55 plate Skoda Fabia VRS which has rear washer not working. On testing it the washer fluid is pumping out from bottom of washer tank. Tank is not leaking as it only pours out when trying rear washer. Front washers OK and no water leak from tank.
The problem is getting at the pump/tank as it is below the battery and really tight fit.
Can anyone advise on accessing the washer tank/pump? I guess it meas removing battery. Does this harm the ECUs etc?
Many thanks for any advice.

FLK

185 posts

133 months

Thursday 19th February 2009
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Can't advise on the washer problem due to lack of knowledge on that but taking out the battery is okay and won't damage the ECU. If the ECU is disconnected from the battery for over 30 minutes or more it'll just reset the ECU's adaptation/fault codes. I have a SEAT but I assume it's the same with Skodas, all explained here (post 5 onwards): http://www.seatcupra.net/forums/showthread.php?t=1...

Briskoda forums would be the best place to ask on or search through though for more info. smile

http://briskoda.net/forums/

Edited by FLK on Thursday 19th February 22:48

MikeA3

247 posts

132 months

Friday 20th February 2009
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I'm not sure if your 55 plate skoda uses the same parts as the older (up to 2002) A3's but this is a common fault on the A3 & Mk 4 golf so it may well be the cause of your problem.

One of the a.s-net members did a write up of how he fixed it here:

http://www.audi-sport.net/vb/showthread.php?t=1064...

Hope it's of use

Mike

Greendubber

7,263 posts

138 months

Friday 20th February 2009
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MikeA3 said:
I'm not sure if your 55 plate skoda uses the same parts as the older (up to 2002) A3's but this is a common fault on the A3 & Mk 4 golf so it may well be the cause of your problem.

One of the a.s-net members did a write up of how he fixed it here:

http://www.audi-sport.net/vb/showthread.php?t=1064...

Hope it's of use

Mike
Brilliant!.

My rear washer on my A3 died the other day and just dumps water out under the passenger side of the engine bay. Seems there's a clip thats come off the line in the engine bay.

Cheers for the link, it was beginning to pi$$ me off not being able to see out of the rear window smile

I'm off to have a rumage about and see if I can get it back together.


Greendubber

7,263 posts

138 months

Friday 20th February 2009
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Done!.

I'll post a few pics in a bit, airbox etc has to come out to get to it.
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iandc

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141 months

Friday 20th February 2009
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That would be really helpful. It sounds to me like same problem as it works periodically then next time it pours water out of the passenger side at front of engine bay. If you could let me know how you did it I can tackle it tomorrow. Many thanks for your help.

Greendubber

7,263 posts

138 months

Friday 20th February 2009
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Here we go, not sure if its going to be the same on a Skoda but there are plenty of A3's it would seem and Golfs that have the same issue....

This is the trunking that the pipe is inside..


To get inside this trunking you have to remove the airbox, take out the screws that hold the top on the airbox, pull the wiring plugs, take off the jubilee clip thats on the MAF and then unbolt the airbox itself and lift it out..


Next up is opening up the trunking, easy done but you have to lift the seal from the top of the engine bay and prise the trunking open, it should pop off easy enough.


Once this is off you should be able to see the pipe, this is what mine looked like. As you can see the joint has come apart.


Had a quick check to make sure there was no crud in the joint and then pushed it back together to how it should be..


Checked it was working at this point, all good as its back to normal now. Now its just put everything back as you take it off (excuse the state of the airfilter, its being serviced next week!)


Check everythings done up/connected properly and job done!. Took 20 minutes I reckon.


This had been bugging me for ages, I thought the pipe would be buried somewhere really awkward smile

Greendubber

7,263 posts

138 months

Friday 20th February 2009
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iandc said:
That would be really helpful. It sounds to me like same problem as it works periodically then next time it pours water out of the passenger side at front of engine bay. If you could let me know how you did it I can tackle it tomorrow. Many thanks for your help.
See above smile No major worries doing it, 10mm socket, phillps screwdriver and a flat head.


iandc

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2,074 posts

141 months

Friday 20th February 2009
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I think either the Skoda has different routing or my problem is closer to the washer tank/pump as it is pouring out from very close to the front. It is front n/s corner close to radiator. I can see where the water is pumping out from but battery is so tight and immediately above that I think I will need to remove. Still your explanation fits the problem as the pump is working fine, the washer works periodically so points to loose pipe, dodgy connector. I just think it is a different place than yours. So tomorrow looks like a strip it down and detective job!! Thanks for the photos they may still be invaluable.

Greendubber

7,263 posts

138 months

Friday 20th February 2009
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iandc said:
I think either the Skoda has different routing or my problem is closer to the washer tank/pump as it is pouring out from very close to the front. It is front n/s corner close to radiator. I can see where the water is pumping out from but battery is so tight and immediately above that I think I will need to remove. Still your explanation fits the problem as the pump is working fine, the washer works periodically so points to loose pipe, dodgy connector. I just think it is a different place than yours. So tomorrow looks like a strip it down and detective job!! Thanks for the photos they may still be invaluable.
If its leaking by the bottle I'd put money on the pipe having popped off at the pump. Can you get to it from the underside if you jack it up?. You may have an undertray to contend with but its no biggy taking it off.

iandc

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2,074 posts

141 months

Saturday 21st February 2009
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Good point. Might be easier than removing battery etc. Will have a go and let you know. Thanks for all your help.

iandc

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141 months

Saturday 21st February 2009
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Problem solved!!! thanks to Briskoda someone had posted that you can access the pump via undoing 3 screws on n/s wheelarch cover. Undid cover and found pipe had popped off the pump. I guess pipe got frozen in recent cold weather and it forced it off. Anyway popped pipe back on and checked and now fine. Saved a trip to the dealers. Thanks or all advice received.