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Old 01-24-2006, 05:22 AM   #1
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Default windshield washer nozzle help

my drivers side windshield washer nozzle works just fine, but the passenger side has difficulty, I have tried taking a fine needle and clearing any blockage but it doesnt work. I think I might actually need a new nozzle. the only thing I have not tried what pushing air through it because I dont exactly understand how to do that without breaking something Just in case I need a new nozzle, where can you buy replacement without going to the dealership, or is that a universal price where i will get them for the same amount? Thanks for the help guys
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does anyone know where I can at least by replacements?
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Old 01-24-2006, 07:34 AM   #3
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The actual spray nozzle is probably fine. There is a valve under the hood liner that is probably leaking, so there is no pressure to spray through the nozzle.

I am getting the valves replaced (one of mine is leaking) and the spray nozzles as well only because they are faded and look old.

its very cheap just get it from the dealer.
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thanks, just making sure I cant get them cheaper else where before I go to the dealer, I tried advance auto but they dont carry the type that fit BMW's.
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I tried advance auto but they dont carry the type that fit BMW's.
Ofcourse they don't we are unique.....
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Shouldn't be more than $3 each at your local BMW dealer. Why would you even try to cobble up your car with something like that from a generic auto-parts store? Are the dealers in Florida that intimidating?
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Shouldn't be more than $3 each at your local BMW dealer. Why would you even try to cobble up your car with something like that from a generic auto-parts store? Are the dealers in Florida that intimidating?


no but when you walk in there they sometimes have that OMG a chick is coming towards the showroom, lets get her for her money...or whatever is going thru their heads. The way I look at it is if its something simple that doesnt require going to BMW because it is basically a generic part im not going to go...thats like going to BMW to buy windshield wiper fluid and pay $10 for a pint....ya they sell it, ive seen it lol
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Nothing personal: In defense of the dealers (I was one for 25 years), I'd have to say there are damn few "generic" parts on your BMW and attempting to use generic parts on your car will likely cause you more problems than you'd have otherwise. For instance, if you'd used something other than the crappy pre-mixed washer fluid from WalMart your nozzle might not have clogged up. While BMW fluid may not be necessary, I've had good luck with GM Opticlean. The other stuff is mostly colored water and alcohol. What's clogging your nozzle is probably the residue including the blue coloring. Sure you can save money but you'll likely get the wrong spark plugs, belts that don't last as long as the original, batteries that don't fit, and wiper blades that streak and squawk. You can even save money by buying cheap tires for your BMW but then it will handle like a Neon so why not start with something other than a BMW in the first place?

I do understand how a woman can feel she's being taken advantage of when she walks into a BMW dealership (I live in a house with four women!) but it didn't happen in mine. With all the resources available to you these days, you should be an educated enough consumer that nothing the dealer tells you should come as a surprise and you can be an empowered female consumer instead of a paranoid one. That's why you've got this list!

Sometimes the dealer is actually cheaper than the local autoparts store and the parts are guaranteed to fit properly and work the way BMW intended. And many dealers offer generous discounts to BMW Car Club members.

As we often hear dealers say on the BMW motorcyle side of the counter, "The cheapest part on a BMW is usually the rider."

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Old 01-26-2006, 05:46 AM   #9
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if you still have a problem you could pull off the washer line and then use your washers to clear out the line and then before you hook the line back up shoot air through the washer jet to unclog that if none of that works then just buy new washer jets if you have anymore questions let me know hope this helps good luck

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And many dealers offer generous discounts to BMW Car Club members.
I only get 10% at Dick Horrigan
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I had been searching for an antenna grommet for about a month online.

Could not find it ANYWHERE!

Someone from bimmerforums wanted to sell me theirs for like 6 bucks shipped. I was going to do it, but I said ah, what the hell, might as well go to the local dealership.

Needless to say part wasn't in stock, but the good news is I bought it for a whopping $2.59.

The cheapasses at Park Ave BMW in Maywood also only give 10%. I need to find one in the North Jersey area that gives the allured 25% discount.

Oh BTW, i also need front windshield nozzles, and a rear nozzle too, but the only way the dealership sells that one is with the wiper arm. And that's like 60 bucks. I just zip tied the hose to the arm and it works fine enough for now... My fronts constantly freeze up and crap though. Maybe I'll take them apart and douse them in contact cleaner or something.
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Try this, my experience with my local dealer? Riv-nuts for X-brace online $1 each, dealer--$4.55 each +tax. So over $20 to mount an Xbrace?! yeah ok..

http://www.autohausaz.com/search/pro...asher%20Nozzle

That part is OE too!
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So that's more than the dealer charges, and probably freight required, too.

Our local dealer (Crown) gives members 20% of real BMW list. That means the hatch struts are quite a bit less than anyone I've ever seen mailorder, the entire headliner is cheaper than having an upholstery shop recover the old one, and even the window regulator is as cheap as I've found. No freight charges, small Virginia tax, and I can get nearly anything they don't stock in two days.

On the bad side, I ordered two little brake cylinders for the rear brakes on my 1970 1600 Cabriolet and they were over $120....each! Luckily they were backordered so I cancelled the order and got 'em from Maximillian in Maryland for about $50 each. Sometimes it pays to shop around but not to use inferior parts.
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Its attached by 4 of those trim bolt/screws and the rest of it inserts into slots or notches on the sides of bumper-->wheelwell transition.
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The jets on my car were clogged, so I disconnected the lines and shoot air through the jets. Before reconnecting the lines I actuated the washer to clean them. It worked fine for two days, but they clogged again. It turned that the screen on the filler cap had dissintegrated and small pieces of plastic were making their way to the nozzles, so I had to remove the remains of the screen, clean the tank and re do the initial cleaning. That solved the problem.
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