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post #1 of 72 (permalink) Old 03-26-2007, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
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The windshield washer fluid hose on both my '98 and '02 cracked where it flexed from opening the hood. Symptoms were reduced flow until only a dribble was coming out of the nozzles. I originally looked at replacing it but soon realized that would be a lot of work as the hood blanket would need to come off and the other end of the hose goes into the fender well and to the washer pump. I then thought that perhaps I could splice in a new section of hose and tried to find a hose with the same diameter and some of those plastic hose connectors (barbs?) When I was unsuccessful at that I had an idea and asked the parts counter guy if he had any hose that fit over the washer hose. Turns out a 7/32" ID hose is exactly the right size to slide on over the old hose. I got appoximately one foot (at a cost of 65 cents) of hose, cut out the rotted area of the original hose (I needed to pull the hood blanket down a bit to get to solid hose on the hood side), put a little lubricant on the ends of the new hose (read "spit") and slid the new hose over the old hose about 1 inch on each end. The 7/32" hose fit nice and tight over the original hose, the washer now works great (instead of pumping fluid all over the engine compartment), doesn't leak at all and best of all it cost less than a buck to repair.

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Yep... that's been discussed at least three times now that I've seen (and I haven't been here long). What I did was took a small piece of the broken tubing (with the diameter still intact) into a parts store and they gave me rubber tubing that fit very snugly over the end. Spit's a good lube but I happened to use some hand soap.


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The windshield washer fluid hose on both my '98 and '02 cracked where it flexed from opening the hood. Symptoms were reduced flow until only a dribble was coming out of the nozzles. I originally looked at replacing it but soon realized that would be a lot of work as the hood blanket would need to come off and the other end of the hose goes into the fender well and to the washer pump. I then thought that perhaps I could splice in a new section of hose and tried to find a hose with the same diameter and some of those plastic hose connectors (barbs?) When I was unsuccessful at that I had an idea and asked the parts counter guy if he had any hose that fit over the washer hose. Turns out a 7/32" ID hose is exactly the right size to slide on over the old hose. I got appoximately one foot (at a cost of 65 cents) of hose, cut out the rotted area of the original hose (I needed to pull the hood blanket down a bit to get to solid hose on the hood side), put a little lubricant on the ends of the new hose (read "spit") and slid the new hose over the old hose about 1 inch on each end. The 7/32" hose fit nice and tight over the original hose, the washer now works great (instead of pumping fluid all over the engine compartment), doesn't leak at all and best of all it cost less than a buck to repair.
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Thanks. I paid almost $2.00 for 2 feet @ Autozone. I had to replace a long piece of bad material than you did. But I am estatic about the repair cost.
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Did same thing a few months ago. That hose
that goes up under the blanket from engine
dry rots badly.

I might have to get longer hose and loosen
up blanket on that side cause all that flex will
break spliced hose!!
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i just repaired mine yesterday! bought some hose on advanced auto parts and 4 connection parts.. works fine!
but there is still something wrong with the driver side outlet but i dont know how to get this big brown shield unter the hood off to check it out


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i just repaired mine yesterday! bought some hose on advanced auto parts and 4 connection parts.. works fine!
but there is still something wrong with the driver side outlet but i dont know how to get this big brown shield unter the hood off to check it out [/b]
Just pull out all of the "push pin" type things.


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<div class='quotemain'> i just repaired mine yesterday! bought some hose on advanced auto parts and 4 connection parts.. works fine!
but there is still something wrong with the driver side outlet but i dont know how to get this big brown shield unter the hood off to check it out [/b]
Just pull out all of the "push pin" type things.
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I couldn't get those stupid things out. I tried prying them off with a screwdriver but it started tearing the blanket. I got it fixed though. I used a ton of teflon plumbing tape and duct tape at re-attached the broken section of hose. It still leaks a tiny bit but at least it works.

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I decided to buy the replacement hose. I'm not sure how to disconnect the old hose on the engine compartment side. Are they all friction fit fittings or is some adhesive involved? It seemed to be a very secure joint.
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I decided to buy the replacement hose. I'm not sure how to disconnect the old hose on the engine compartment side. Are they all friction fit fittings or is some adhesive involved? It seemed to be a very secure joint. [/b]
It's just a pull apart type deal.


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I fixed my messy tape job by using this hose idea. It works so much better and it it isn't an eyesore under the hood like the teflon and duct tape idea I used at first.

But wow, the hose was so brittle, I ended up accidentally breaking a few more pieces off before I got the piece of vacuum hose fit over both ends. Do they just get that bad from dry rot or are they that brittle to begin with?

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