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Old 11-06-2001, 01:15 PM   #1
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Default windshield squirter leak (aka., hood stain)

About a month into owning my 2002 Aspen White WRX, during it's regular weekly washing, I noticed yellow stains on the hood coming from the passenger-side windshield squirter. Sure enough, that squirter leaks fluid slowly throughout the day after the squirter's have been used. However, washing it, even using McGuire's Paint cleaner, would not take the stain out! I took it to one dealer, who said they were too busy, but the other dealer (where I bought the car) took me in.

They told me this leak was completely normal and there was nothing they could do about it. They did get a detail-guy to try cleaning up the hood (which helped, but they were unable to get the stain completely out.) They told me to keep an eye on it to see if it continued acting up. Well, it has. The stain is back, and I can't get rid of it again.

I called the dealer again, this time the Service Manager told me that there was nothing they could do about it. But when I bring the car in for it's first check-up (3k miles) they would clean it again. While talking to him, I also mentioned that my hood is starting to "yellow" in front of the intercooler too (passenger-side, where the scoop meets the hood.) He had no reaction.

Is anyone else having a problem like this?? Is my hood being stained "normal" functionality for this car? And if so, can someone suggest a more potent paint cleaner that might be able to get these yellow stains out of my brand new car?!?
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Old 11-08-2001, 02:06 AM   #2
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I'm concerned about this since I just took delivery of white 2.5 TS... >100 miles of city driving and already a large paint chip in the front bumper.

Subaru paint sucks, check out the posts in the "appearance" forum...

I'd bet that the yellowing part on your hood scoop is some sort of plastic/composite... my buddy's bumper on his white Miata is yellowing around the exhaust, too, and it's plastic. Look at old cars, it's always the painted plastic that really looks crappy. Painted steel seems to hold up much better.

Dunno how to fix leaking windshield washer nozzles... there's no valve in there, they're open all the time, it IS pretty normal that they leak a bit. I suppose you could disconnect them to keep them from leaking, but then they wouldn't work, either. Best bet would be to find a different type of washer fluid... what kind are you using now that's turning paint yellow?

Good luck,

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'98 CBR F3
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Old 11-08-2001, 10:06 PM   #3
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The stains are from the Factory windshield washer fluid. And changing it was the only suggestion my dealer had-- they suggested just putting water in there (which will work wonders with winter coming up.)

So far the yellow stains are all actually on the hood (aluminium)... the scoop hasn't stained yet. I also have a number of chips in the front bumper, more around the fog-light area though. (I'm at 2,500 miles today, and the vehicle is garage kept day/night.)

I did hear one suggestion though, which was to re-locate the pressure valve for that squirter closer to the squiting unit (it's about a foot back right now.) That way there would be less unregulated fluid in the line. When I get a chance, I will look into this option further.

All in all, I still love the car... I've just never owned a vehicle that had paint problems like this before.

-- Erik
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