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I have a 1996 SAAB 9000CS. I just filled up the Resevoir with Washer Fluid. It stays full until I try to clean the window. Then I notice that all of the washer fluid is pumped straight out the bottom until the resevoir is empty. Any ides on what is broken?
 

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There are pipe joints/non-return valves under the washer reservoir and the pump is so powerfull it can blow the pipes off - especially in frosty weather when the water cannot get out the other end.

Crawl under car, remove any plastic plates (if you can ). Replace any blown-off pipes.

Check for blown valve rubbers in the non-return valves - get someone to operate the washer and see if water shoots out of the tiny hole in the middle of the valve .

If the valves are OK, put a strong cable-tie or similar round the pipe at the offending junction to try and stop it happening again.

I had this problem so often that I put an extension pipe in from the pump so that I can access the valves from under the bonnet rather than grovelling underneath every time.

Hope this helps

Mike
 

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You will have to remove the front off-side plastic lining to the wing to gain access to the water bottle, which is quite a tedious job. You may be lucky to remove just the lower bottom off-side plastic sheild under the wing and have access to the underside of the fluid bottle.
Good luck!
 

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A word of warning, had the same problem on my 9000 Griffin. DON'T take it to a Saab dealer to fix. They charged me £70 for 1 hour labout and 56p for the washer!!!!

If struggling, Saab Specialist for £10!!
 

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HAD THIS PROBLEM TWICE, 1ST TIME FIXED WITH NEW VALVE, 2ND TIME THE PLASTIC BRACKET WHICH HOLDS THE TANK TO THE CAR HAD SPLIT AT THE TANK, STINKER OF JOB, MANAGED TO REPAIR BY EMPTYING TANK, LETTING IT DRY AND ARALDITING THE CRACK, WHEEL & ARCH COVERS HAD TO BE REMOVED FOR BOTH JOBS...
 
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