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Old 01-17-2005, 11:14 PM   #1
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Default Does the rear window washer nozzle spray or stream?

Does the rear washer nozzles spray like the fronts do? Or, does the washer fluid just stream out like a bad case of runny nose. My '05 RS wagon is doing the latter.

Anyone else find the front driver side wiper smears about 2/3 the way up? Not a streak like from a nick on the blade but it kind of drags a patch of dirty water back across the windshield. Been like that since day 1...
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Old 01-18-2005, 09:11 AM   #2
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I have never seen a rear washer operate on a car or never had one on a car, but I would think it would have to stream. If it sprayed, then the airflow going over the car and down the back would blow the spray away from the glass before it even reaches the glass. Just my guess though.

As for the front wiper, you may have something on the wiper. I have noticed that when I clean my windshield at a gas station when I fill up, if I use the squeegee on both sides of the blade after I do the glass they work alot better. Gets all of the bug guts off of it if the wiper ever smears the bug guts over the glass. Try that or use something else to clean the blade, or replace them. Just be careful not to use something that will dry the rubber out on the blade.
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Old 01-18-2005, 09:15 AM   #3
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the rear wiper nozzle on the wagon is pathetic at best....it just slide down the windshield, as you stated, like two nostrils from a runny nose
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Old 01-18-2005, 09:24 AM   #4
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The rear wiper mounted nozzle on my '00 OBS tries to stream upwards! It's awful. At least yours streams downward from the top.
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Old 01-18-2005, 09:45 AM   #5
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"Runny Nose" is an excellent description of the rear washer fluid action.

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Old 01-18-2005, 02:59 PM   #6
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yup, just streams out over the glass, no even coverage.
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Old 01-18-2005, 03:09 PM   #7
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I've also got an 05 RS Wagon, and it runs out of the nozzle in two heavy streams as well.

Maybe this is on purpose? I'd imagine if a fine spray was used much of it wouldn't hit the rear window while driving...
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Old 01-18-2005, 06:22 PM   #8
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It streams.

I can't complain, mine works like a champ (stream or no). When we got pounded with snow a few weeks ago, my back window was constantly getting covered with salt and slush. The wiper & spray combo did a great job keeping my rearview clean . . . uh, as it were.

I noticed that my front wipers would leave a pretty shoddy patch about half way up where the overlap is. I replaced the blades, now they work fine.

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Old 01-18-2005, 09:10 PM   #9
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Yeah, mine just kinda runs down the back window...not really a "spray"...basically is worthless because the wiper just throws the water off, doesn't wipe it across at all..
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Old 01-18-2005, 09:21 PM   #10
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Yeah, mine just kinda runs down the back window...not really a "spray"...basically is worthless because the wiper just throws the water off, doesn't wipe it across at all..

I don't think it's worthless. If I keep holding the knob down to keep the fluid squirting while the wiper wipes back and forth it works great. While the wiper is on one half of the window fluid is still squirting and when the wiper comes back to sweep across the other side it pushes the fluid down and spreads it out a little and lubricates the wiper and it does a great job of wiping down the rear window.

Unless you have sap or tar or something on your rear window I have never had a problem cleaning off the rear window using the wiper and fluid nozzle. I don't get how some of you think it is so worthless.
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Old 01-18-2005, 11:55 PM   #11
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I have never seen a rear washer operate on a car or never had one on a car, but I would think it would have to stream. If it sprayed, then the airflow going over the car and down the back would blow the spray away from the glass before it even reaches the glass. Just my guess though.
I think that is a pretty good guess. Although , if it was a pressurized stream rather than the "runny nose", I wouldn't have hold it in the "spray" mode for like 5 seconds to get enough fluid to clean the window. The front washer nozzles on my '95 Integra was like that, focused streams rather than sprays. Oh well, at least now I know it is "normal".
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Old 01-19-2005, 02:21 AM   #12
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i think i bought too big of a replacement, it doesnt lie flat. any idea what the size is for the rear wiper?
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Old 01-19-2005, 08:42 AM   #13
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Pretty sure the rear wiper on the wagon is 16". At least I think thats what I put on when I replaced it. Easiest thing to do, get a tape measure and measure the length of the old one.
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Old 01-19-2005, 09:33 AM   #14
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*wants a rear wiper for his coupe*
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