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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 03-15-2009, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
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windshield washer fluid leak

Here's a new one, I'm getting a nice blue puddle forming under the driver's side front bumper. I've been going through a lot of washer fluid lately, thought it was just from heavy use during the recent snow. I'm assuming it's a leak in the windshield washer fluid plumbing for the left headlamp washer (always thought these washers were useless anyway) as I can see a trickle of blue fluid through the driver's side grill below the bumper.
Anyone else had this?
Any ideas on how to get in there and fix it?
2002 A4 Avant 3.0 V6 Quattro
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I just had the same problem. The rubber grommets were leaking. Getting the bottle out from under the front quarter panel was a bear of a job until I realized that I just had to get a little brutal with it. You'll see what I mean.
Remove the two bolts securing the power steer tank and the washer filler bottle, together with the smaller nut on the other side, and remove the filler bottle. Just pull upwards. Disconnect the air balance pipe to the lower bottle and set to one side.
Remove the driver side front wheel and arch guard to expose the lower bottle.
Remove the level sensor electrical connector and the three securing bolts.
Pull the top of the bottle back until you can get your hand around the bottle to unplug the first of two pumps. Don't try to disconnect the pipes or the electrics, just pull the pumps out of the clips and up. After the first pump is disconnected the bottle will tilt back further. You can now unplug the second pump and remove the bottle.
Replace all of the grommets with new ones. You may have to order them.
Reassemble with care. All of the parts that plug into the grommets must be fully home and nicely seated to prevent them from leaking again. Good luck.

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