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Wiper Washer improvements?

I got my wiper washer problem figured out last weekend (There was something defective in the PCB that is housed in the plastic cover over the motor), got me to wondering if anyone has ever done anything to improve the method of getting washer fluid on the windshield?

I ask because on each arm, the fluid doesn't travel very far from the center of the wiper arm where the nozzle is.

Not sure if the Bonneville's or other Pontiac vehicles have a better system, as I've got the improved arms on my car.

I tried searching prior to posting this, but was unable to find any relevant hits.

Thoughts anyone on how to improve this?

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Without putting holes in the hood for spray nozzles, the sprayers on the arms works fine for me. I would rather not put holes in the hood, because it would look funky.

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Do the buick lesabre (or whichever car that was) that some install for the folding arms spray differently? That may be an option to consider and Nab was selling some sets. I have the 9c1 winged wipers and don't think they work on the other arms.

I find the Caprice arms seem to spray fine too on the occasion I even use the pump. I don't use it often cause I don't like to spray it on the car. Maybe the spray ends on yours are a little dirty or could be replaced?

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I have learned to release the lever partway through the arc of the wiper blade. All of the other "upgrades" work the same.

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Do the buick lesabre (or whichever car that was) that some install for the folding arms spray differently? That may be an option to consider and Nab was selling some sets. I have the 9c1 winged wipers and don't think they work on the other arms.

I find the Caprice arms seem to spray fine too on the occasion I even use the pump. I don't use it often cause I don't like to spray it on the car. Maybe the spray ends on yours are a little dirty or could be replaced?
I don't know if the Buicks spray any differently than our cars, as I only got the arms, and then kept the stock washer tubing and nozzle attached to the arm that is driven by the wiper motor.

I didn't look into it this weekend, but will certainly take a look at it, in addition to any pinched tubing from the washer reservoir.

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Have you tried replacing the pump?

The spray was getting kinda weak in the 91. Figured I'd try a new pump since it was original. Picked one up from autozone. 10 bucks? What a difference. It now fans the whole windshield.

Same thing with mom's taurus.
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Yes, the LeSabre wiper arms have 2 squirters per wiper arm and give an excellent spray pattern.
Other benefits are that they will stay propped up on their own for washing the windshield at a gas station.
They also use the U hook method for connecting to the blades which smooths out the blade motion and reduces chatter.
The squirter hoses plug right into the caprice or Impala outlets. You can install these in 10 minutes.
If anyone wants a set, I have a couple ready to go for $40 + $10 shipping.
email me if interested: delorian9@yahoo.com

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Lightbulb wagon tank, or add extra pump

For double the power jet, and redundency, you could use a Wagon washer tank, it have 2 pumps. One pump per wiper!

Or mod a sedan tank, drill and add extra pump (with rubber grommet), then splice wiring.

Then remove the plastic T in the middle of cowl, so the oem wiper fluid hose power only the passenger side. then put an extra hose for the driver side. I drilled a hole (with grommet) next to booster to connect the driver one.

If a pump is less squirty then the other, I know its going. I can always swap the pipe then and disconnect the bad pump. Could also keep in my glovebox a plastic T splitter with small lenght of hose to connect both to the remaining working pump. Or just swap for a spare pump from my trunk "save the day" pile.

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For double the power jet, and redundency, you could use a Wagon washer tank, it have 2 pumps. One pump per wiper!

Or mod a sedan tank, drill and add extra pump (with rubber grommet), then splice wiring.

Then remove the plastic T in the middle of cowl, so the oem wiper fluid hose power only the passenger side. then put an extra hose for the driver side. I drilled a hole (with grommet) next to booster to connect the driver one.

If a pump is less squirty then the other, I know its going. I can always swap the pipe then and disconnect the bad pump. Could also keep in my glovebox a plastic T splitter with small lenght of hose to connect both to the remaining working pump. Or just swap for a spare pump from my trunk "save the day" pile.

Pics are low grade I dont have closeups.
No Shyt, I never knew the Wagon's used a dual Pump and different Washer Tank. After all these years its nice to see new mods pop up that you never saw before. Might have to keep my eye out for a Wagon next time I'm "JunkYarding" just to see one.

On the same note, there is also a mod to move/replace the Washer Tank. It's been a while since I saw the article/thread/link whatever, but GM sold a kit for these cars that moved the Tank itself into an area in front of the Rad Support...IIRC. It had a long filler neck and just the Cap was exposed near the HL area. I forget what it was called but it was nice to help clean up the engine bay and move to a hidden area. Damn near hard to find that setup though and haven't thought about it for a while til this thread reminded me of it.

EDIT - It was "ImpalaSScene" that had the article I was thinking of. Just found a link that talks about this mod. Good luck finding parts though and not sure this would work very well with HL Covers.

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But still a pretty cool mod....Why? Cause it's different!!

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For double the power jet, and redundency, you could use a Wagon washer tank, it have 2 pumps. One pump per wiper!
[SNIP].
I'll echo Bob's holy $hit, I never realized this.

I'll get to tinkering around this weekend, and see what I can find. I know I did replace the washer pump motor in my 9C1 (Black car in SIG), and don't recall if I swapped it over to the DGGM current ride or not after the wreck.

When testing the motor with 12V when I was tracking down a problem getting it to activate thru the stalk (Defective PCB housed in the wiper motor cover), it made good noise, and shot the fluid when the wipers were in the park position. I'll do more diagnostics this weekend, and report back.

I'm certainly going to see if there's a wagon in the yard the next time I'm there, and I appreciate the info.

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