Getting the Right Headlight Washer Nozzle for Your Car
Your headlight needs the help of a washer system to remove stuck dirt, water spots, and even mud on its lens, so it can give you crisp, clear lighting at all times. Like the one for your wind screen, the headlight washer system is an assembly of small working parts, which includes the headlight washer nozzle. The nozzle helps draw water and spurt it onto the headlight lens for cleaning. Unfortunately, this may eventually get clogged or damaged. When this happens, you'd better get a replacement nozzle that will restore the overall performance of your washer system. Lucky for you, we've come up with a list of things you have to consider when buying a new one:
Standard nozzle vs. Nozzle with anti-drain valve
- A regular headlight washer nozzle has a very simple design, with straight outlet and inlet tubes. This is a good replacement, but it has a downside: it allows used fluid to return, letting pressure build up in the nozzle.
- A headlight washer nozzle with anti-drain valve is a better choice when looking for a replacement or upgrade for your factory washer system. Unlike the regular nozzle, it has a valve that keeps used fluid from re-circulating in the system. It also regulates flow rate.
OE vs. Aftermarket part
- An OE or original equipment part is always the best choice for a replacement when restoring any of your automobile parts or systems. Although it is more expensive than an aftermarket product, it guarantees exact fit and has the right specs. It ensures easier and faster installation, so you can DIY.
- An aftermarket product may offer new or improved features for better performance. It is also a cheaper choice for your factory headlight washer nozzle, so it is a double treat for you. Just make sure that it is a direct-fit replacement to make sure it's compatible with the system and that it is made by a trusted manufacturer in the industry to ensure its durability.
Kit vs. Individual unit
- Individual unit. The good thing about buying per piece is that it offers you a replacement for the damaged part only and not for an entire system or assembly. Getting an individually packed headlight washer nozzle is better if this is just what you need and you want to save some money.
- Kit or system. One of the benefits of getting an entire system instead of piece-by-piece replacement parts is the longer-lasting service life of the assembly. But if you're under a tight budget and other components of the system still work well, you may just opt for a top-quality aftermarket headlight washer nozzle replacement. Get one from a tried-and-tested brand if you want a highly reliable part.
DIY Installation of a Headlight Washer Nozzle
Like any of your other automobile parts, you can DIY the installation of your headlight washer nozzle replacement. Doing this will bring back the overall performance of your washer system, which in turn will restore the clarity of your headlight glass. And whenever you are equipped with good lighting equipment, your safety is guaranteed. DIY replacement of your headlight washer nozzle will also allow you to save on labor costs. Here's how simple it will be:
Difficulty level: Moderate
What you'll need:
- Screwdriver extender
- 5/16 hex piece
Step 1: Free the headlamp assembly by unbolting its four screws. NOTE: You can choose to remove the headlamp trim first before the lamp.
Step 2: Place a clean cloth on the bumper before you carefully pull the headlight trim where the washer door is in order to avoid leaving marks.
Step 3: As soon as your finger or any flat tool fits the clearance you made from pulling the trim, push the washer door out.
Step 4: Position the pan where your washer might bleed off its fluid, or prepare to bind it to keep from losing this fluid.
Step 5: Remove the washer nozzle from its telescopic arm by twisting or jerking it out carefully along with its door, which also works as its housing.
Step 6: Take the old nozzle off its place, clean the area from deep-seated dirt, and prepare to install the new nozzle.
Step 7: Reach for the washer inside with your pliers and mount your new headlight washer nozzle until it clicks into place. NOTE: You can check your washer for leaks at this time. Turn your engine and headlights on, and apply the washer.
Step 8: Reinstall everything back in its place once you're satisfied that you've mounted your new nozzle correctly.