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1999 MY (Series I) Headlight Washer Jets

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Hi all. I'm back after having sold my 996 in 2012, and buying it back last December! It's about 10k miles older, with about 73k on the clock now...

Anyway, I have a little problem. The headlight washers each have dual nozzles. I don't know when or how this happened, but the inboard nozzles on both sides are gone (outboard nozzles are still present). I know that these nozzles are not sold separately (only the whole washer assembly is available), and probably hard to find used, but has anyone here attempted to replace just the nozzles? I want to know whether they are snapped in, glued in, or molded as part of the assembly. Judging from the cavities it appears that they might just be snapped in.

If so, I could buy just one new washer assembly (they are kind of expensive), replace one of the old ones, and have enough nozzles from the two old assemblies to use in the old assembly that I keep.

Has anyone here attemped to replace just the nozzles?

I might end up having to replace both assemblies, but I thought I'd try this first.


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I have an answer to my own question. The sockets the nozzles sit in were cracked around the edges due to age, so the nozzles probably shot out when under pressure. At first I was not sure whether these were age-related cracks or just slots to enable the nozzles to be pressed in, but when I received new washer assemblies (from Sunset sponsor) I saw there were no slots.

So, if you lose a nozzle, look for the cracks. If cracked, then the whole assembly must be replaced if you want functioning headlight washers.

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