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cleaning windshield fluid nozzles?

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anyone have any suggestions on cleaning these out? it is to the point that the fluid will barely hit the windshield wipers, is there something on the market for this? The truck is a 1990 Chevy K1500

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A pin and then blow air through it.

Or replace them.

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A needle pin will clean the nozzles well. If you know a dentist and can get the needles they use for root canals (ouch, ouch!!) they are actually very tiny rasp/files.

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I take a piece of wire. Strip of a couple of inches of the insulation. Take two strands of the wire and twist them together tightly. then snip the end off with a side cutter. This is small enough to get in there and still has the "rasp" effect. Make sure you are careful with the air. Its always fun watching the new guys blow the hoses off the nozzles and then have to tear the cowls off to fix!

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Its always fun watching the new guys blow the hoses off the nozzles and then have to tear the cowls off to fix!

Yep or someone getting a little too frisky with the pick or wire and then the nozzle is spraying off to the side or not in the middle whistle.

Some of those spray tips/nozzles are so touchy grin. You go out front in the parking lot (being the hero) and then you are having to sell them new tips/nozzles.

I have found also, if you can find the windshield washer fluid supply line going into the firewall, cowl or insulation under hood, trace it back to the nearest elbow or "T". Remove line and direct air this way. Only give it very little air pressure or you can still blow the line off right under the nozzle, like AirJer.

Also most nozzles are push threw the hole type, with clips on the backside that have to be pinched to pull nozzle back out. In some models over the years (I think Chrysler and hood mounted ones), you could twist the nozzle to the right a quarter turn and then lift out.

Good luck!

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Also, it may be more than dirty nozzles, don't overlook the possibility of a weak washer fluid pump if cleaning doesn't help.

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