screen-wash bottle removal?

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screen-wash bottle removal?

Postby chrism » Sat 18.06.2022, 09:51

Hi All. Ugh...black slimy guff in the screen-wash bottle :(
I've removed the obvious nut but can't see anything else that might persuade it to 'let go' so's I can remove it and clean it out
Anyone got any advice please?
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Re: screen-wash bottle removal?

Postby Fredjohn » Sat 18.06.2022, 10:11

It is held on by 3 nuts/bolts.

See parts catalogue page 1721A for locations.

Items 35 (2) and 36 (1).


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Re: screen-wash bottle removal?

Postby johnj » Sat 18.06.2022, 10:41

Hi

I own an S2 so it may be different but it has 3 nuts holding the container in place. One on the cabin side of the boot and 2 on the lights side. One is clearly visible but the other is hidden behind the motor and wiring, access is further hindered by a metal bar
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Re: screen-wash bottle removal?

Postby chrism » Sat 18.06.2022, 12:05

Yep, thanks folks.
I found 3 x 10mm nuts + bolts - inc one nut well-hidden but accessible and one nut impossible to get at in the rear light corner; these are in the boot.
It seems you undo the nuts inside the boot area then unscrew their bolts in the rh rear wheel arch.
Of course you can't get a 10mm spanner on the impossible nut to finally get it out :(...anyway I managed to drain the black water but couldn't get the bottle out to get its inside clean. :(
All normal for our Elans isn't it? :)

Oh, and the bolts in the wheel arch are all those shallow-headed types that rust and round-off when you reach for a spanner...
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Re: screen-wash bottle removal?

Postby Fredjohn » Sat 18.06.2022, 12:12

I managed to undo them all in the boot I think.

Use of a ¼'' or ⅜'' flexible drive helps.
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Re: screen-wash bottle removal?

Postby johnj » Sat 18.06.2022, 13:39

Mine were undone from the boot. The difficult nut to undo I used a 10mm socket and an extension bar of a length that allowed the ratchet movement
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Re: screen-wash bottle removal?

Postby chrism » Sat 18.06.2022, 18:07

So, armed with those prompt replies and extra info I went back out and 'nailed it'

Take a bow folks - it was down to you (plus I reckon all 'Elanners' have to be bloody-minded, right?)
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Re: screen-wash bottle removal?

Postby chrism » Sun 19.06.2022, 12:49

Grr...I just went out to admire y'days work and found a deep puddle of washer fluid below the screen-wash bottle :shock: Carpet soaked... :(

So, I drained the bottle again, took it all back out - inc carpet bits to dry out - and found what seemed to be a small split* along the seam of the bottom lhs fixing lug.

There's old drying marks around the wheel cover cardboard here so it might have been weeping, or a previous spillage, but I strongly suspect that I might have over-tightened the fixing screw/nut combination and made the leak worse...

Yep, now I fully understand 'mission creep'...

* not totally convinced it's a split, the pump is very close; I'll try putting some sealant around the pump gasket first when it's all dried out (and a small amount of water) to see if that works


Another edit; the small split seemed 'cosmetic' when poked with a screwdriver, so I tightened up the pump (it's a fragile plastic screw-in effort), crossed my fingers, bolted it all back in, added a little washer fluid and it's got through the night w/out leaking further :D. (Phew hope that's the end of it - that hidden screw is a bee..aa..tcch to reach!)
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