|Originally posted by kevin:|
I have a simple question. When was the last time your squirter worked as it should (from the factory)? My guess is you ‘cleaned’ out the squirter in order for your upgrade to work at its best. The issue is the squirter mechanism has an exact circumference. If the (swifter) hole-size was modified, in any way, the sprayers effect will be GREATLY negativity impacted! In your case, you now have a horrible spray onto the windshield. And consequently you can no longer assist the cleaning if the windshield of the car behind you. Simply change your squirter peice, (the gray/black item) that is connected to the rubber peice from the reservoir, back to the stock Pontiac item. I’m positive my thoughts will fix your issues!!!
The "gray/black item" is nothing but a check valve so lines stay filled and spray sooner then cars w/o it.
Many just put some tube to connect the line ends when this breaks and Often does that when tank has water or "summer" cleaner mix in winter.
See my Cave, Windshield Wipe
at bottom to see taken apart.
If find all parts can glue it back together.
Most washer pumps don't have a check valve on/in them. Most don't even have a screen to block dirt in the tank.
Some tanks have screens at filling hole but most don't. So best is to prevent crap getting in when you fill them.
Spray pattern is done by the spray heads and needs proper pressure and volume from the pump.
Low volts is one part causing low pressure. Crap in tank pick up by pump and pinch line(s) are common problems.
Less problem is someone pushed crap in the spray head(s) and wreck it/them.
Spray pattern is so spray properly at highway speeds. Yes Fiero and some others overshoots the glass or even the car at low speeds or stopped.
Some cars have spray heads that are easy adjustable but Fiero isn't one. The only adjustment is installing wedges/shims at mounting bolt per Fiero FSM.
The check valve is why Fiero and some other will "Leak" cleaner in a turn. Lat G makes fluid to move in the top between spray heads and is "normal."
I tell most people never use "summer" mix because most won't use it before winter. More so w/ many cars take a whole gallon in the tank(s). "Summer" mix has less/no alcohol and many stores don't carry winter mix in spring/summer. I think make more profit, state/fed epa bs or both. I try to make sure I buy 1 or 2 extra gallons in winter. If runs out in summer and can't get winter mix, only fill minimum amount to get by on a trip.
ETA-->Prestone De-Icer and related have Ethylene Glycol same as Engine Coolant. May help keep from freezing spray on the glass but causes other problems. I don't use them in the car. I get a gallon to fill spray bottles to quickly remove heavy frost and ice. Crack ice w/ the teeth on many ice scrappers and spray. Cheaper then small bottles/cans sold in stores.
[This message has been edited by theogre (edited 01-25-2020).]