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    Posted: 19 Aug 12 at 17:04
Has anyone else had the right royal pain in the arse of finding that their windscreen washers don't work due to the washer pipe under the bonnet splitting? Mine has split next to the bonnet hinge, simple I thought I will just bob a connector in but some bright spark from vw thought it would be a good idea to use corrugated plastic piping that you can't reconnect! Electrical tape is holding it together for now but surely there must be a better fix out there? I have found on the other channel that someone has found a connector that fits that's available from rs but wondered if anyone had found anything better? Any solutions would be welcomed!
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Good ain't they...used on all the new stuff for a few years now and even taped into the looms behind the dash on some....vw do a joiner for this shit but guess what.....yup, don't work to well...either bin it all and use the old clear stuff, or ram a bit of copper brake line into it and hope.



Utter shite, a perfect example of why the new stuff is not a patch on the old, seen a few cd players and ecus ruined due to this poor quality tube stuff as well.
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Why am I not surprised that the connector to fix it is as shit as the pipe it's been designed to fix! How hard is it to replace the entire length? Looks like a bit of a bitch to me or am I missing something?
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Well not too easy...but just follow the general route of the old stuff and it will work at least.
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Did it fail because you dared to use "non-VW approved" washer solution ?  

IIRC the fan shaped squirter outlets can block up if you use anything else, causing an increase in pressure in the lines, leading to splitting, blowing off etc.  Seems a good way of ensuring VW consumable sales (and profits) forever after.....
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Well I must admit I haven't been using vw washer fluid but have been using a good quality neutral ph fluid. Anyhow the fix I used is one I've nicked from the other channel and it works a treat! I went to rs components and got some connectors (part No 419-7300) and they just push nicely into the pipe and join it with no leaks. All in all a total cost of £2.20-bargain!
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G'day fellas.
I had the same issue, and can,believe how difficult such a basic item has been made.
I purchased the VW replacement line, $90 Australian and no connectors! It was useless.
I ended up using 4mm clear line with an angled 4mm connector. It's hanging in there but needed the angle connector at the angle caused when the bonnet closes as it crinks the line on its self .

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Thanks very much !!! (not)  You've all jinxed me.

I've just looked at my washer pipe and it's broken too (yes, near the hinge of the bonnet like everyone else's).  What a shit design !  Crappy materials and then clamped down so much all the bending is done in one small spot, so of course it breaks.

I don't know how long it has been buggered, as I rarely use my windscreen washers (it doesn't rain very often here, and I frequently clean my w'screen by hand to get it really clean).

I'll look at routing the replacement line a bit differently so it doesn't "crink".
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I blame Eric!
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Cricky all this complaining you will start being called grumpy like me!LOL
 
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Nightmare!!!
 
I spliced in a piece of 4mm silicone tube with some 4mm ID push connectors from RS Components. £5 fix and perfect.

If you want a picture, I'll take one later. It's a design flaw in my opinion. Mine split in two.
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Originally posted by tomjojo tomjojo wrote:

If you want a picture, I'll take one later. It's a design flaw in my opinion. Mine split in two.

Yes please, I need to do mine.  I agree it is definitely a design flaw, and a pretty obvious one when you have a good look at how the pipe is routed in the bonnet hinge area.


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So just imagine....I'm at work, a van comes in, the washer are not working, how am I supposed to fix this shit? Customer won't like bits of silicone pipe or joiners from maplins and won't be to keen on paying for half an hours labour either....and that's assuming it's even visible or accessible, oh and the repair needs to last 2 years or I have to do it again for nowt...the vw joiners don't work and as the repair is on a bend niether will anything else known to man...utter toss!
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I have 10 foot of genuine corregated VW washer tube going cheap! (If you can work out how to connect it to a joiner (not supplied in the kit!), let us know!)
Hot water, hot air, flame, nothing works.
At least the 4mm tube and connectors, elbows work. Hide them under black electrical tape and it'll look more acceptable.
 
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I am shocked, a VW tech not support VW superior designs?
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Originally posted by Alonline Alonline wrote:



I am shocked, a VW tech not support VW superior designs?

Believe it...the best days in my opinion were 85-95. Went down hill from there and today it's just fancy plastic..
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Well I am impressed, an honest man that speaks the truth!Handshake
 
I thought when VW brain washed anyone to do with dealerships they were not allowed to speak in disapproving terms.
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Originally posted by Alonline Alonline wrote:

I thought when VW brain washed anyone to do with dealerships they were not allowed to speak in disapproving terms. 

That's what happens in Oz.  A while back a VW tech was threatened with the sack after joining in on a  discussion on VW watercooled about how the (then new) twin charge engine in Golfs was rather frequently melting pistons/rings.  All relevant posts were then censored or deleted by the mods (including all the ones by other people).  I don't go on that forum much these days.
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Originally posted by gregozedobe gregozedobe wrote:

Originally posted by Alonline Alonline wrote:

I thought when VW brain washed anyone to do with dealerships they were not allowed to speak in disapproving terms. 

That's what happens in Oz.  A while back a VW tech was threatened with the sack after joining in on a  discussion on VW watercooled about how the (then new) twin charge engine in Golfs was rather frequently melting pistons/rings.  All relevant posts were then censored or deleted by the mods (including all the ones by other people).  I don't go on that forum much these days.

Thats disgraceful - hopefully everyone else did similar


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Don't mention Censors here, that is a touch thread I thought was closed and would never be mentioned againShocked
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