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Scuttle removal/replacement - any tips?

After suffering failure with the washer jets and noticing a crack on the scuttle, I've found a reclaimed replacement and the price was much better than replacing the washer jets alone.

I think it's merely a case of removing the screws, the wiper arms and reconnecting the heater wires and pipework?

If there are any obvious gotchas, please let me know!

And I'll be sure to take a few pics along the way!
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If you can provide some "detailed" instructions along with the pics when you're done, let us know and we can move this thread into DIY
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After suffering failure with the washer jets and noticing a crack on the scuttle, I've found a reclaimed replacement and the price was much better than replacing the washer jets alone.

I think it's merely a case of removing the screws, the wiper arms and reconnecting the heater wires and pipework?

If there are any obvious gotchas, please let me know!

And I'll be sure to take a few pics along the way!
The hardest part could be the taking off of the wiper arms. We've been here before, they either come off real easy or they dont and you'll need a puller the rest of it should be fairly straightforward by the looks of it.
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Btw. When you get the scuttle off, clean all of the drains out whilst you're there, you'll see them.
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Thanks guys... I have Wd40 and pullers (and wire for the drain holes too!) at the ready.

Weather and postal services permitting I'll crack on with this at the weekend.
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Thanks guys... I have Wd40 and pullers (and wire for the drain holes too!) at the ready.

Weather and postal services permitting I'll crack on with this at the weekend.
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If those arms are really stuck (aluminium corrosion), I'd suggest removing the nuts and soaking the shafts with penetrating oil for 12hrs or so before trying again. Boiling hot water straight from the kettle also helps (heat) as does a short sharp shock via a hammer. Don't go through the windscreen.
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Hi,

LOL I'm not exactly sure I'd recommend the "Hammer Method" for DIY'er

A useful method I have found over the years, (do not use excess force likely to bend or snap the arm / spindle), pull on the non sprung part of the arm as if to rock it a little on the spindle, usually gets them off in short order

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LOL I'm not exactly sure I'd recommend the "Hammer Method" for DIY'er

A useful method I have found over the years, (do not use excess force likely to bend or snap the arm / spindle), pull on the non sprung part of the arm as if to rock it a little on the spindle, usually gets them off in short order

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I was hesitant to add that and I take no responsibility at all if someone puts a hammer through their windscreen, the shafts are a good few inches away from the 'screen tho ~ care should be taken

Also BTW. It helps immensely to put the bonnet into the service position, something that I take for granted but not everyone's aware that there is a service position.
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Raise bonnet to standard position.
At the top of the support strut housing there is a button that faces the rear of the vehicle. Press this button all the way home, wiggle bonnet and push up to 90 degrees service position where it will lock in place.
To unlock from service position, press another button that is lower down on the strut housing, approx 6" from the bottom, and lower back to the standard position.
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Thanks again... I will try to avoid the hammer method if I can!

Like the bonnet (hood) idea muchly!
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