Headlights don’t need no stinking washers

Date:1 June 2012 Tags:, ,

Q I have a 2000 Audi A4, and the headlight washers don’t work. Is there a less expensive solution than having them fixed by the dealer?

The short answer is no. Audi vehicles – and VW Group cars in general – aren’t cheap to fix. I have a similar vintage A4 and my headlight squirters don’t work either. It might be something simple and silly like a loose wire to the pump motor, so it’s worth checking those connections.  It could also be grime in the mechanism that lets the washers pop up out of the bumper. Could be clogged hoses, or a clogged filter at the bottom of the washer fluid bottle.

But if it’s not any of those problems, I’ve got another suggestion: don’t worry about it. At some point you have to draw the line between a convenience you want and a feature you need – powered headlight washers fall entirely within the “want” category. Let’s be rational about it: if you factor what you’d spend to fix these washers into a cost-per-use ratio, I’d wager that you’d be spending quite a bit for every squirt of fluid to kind of clean the headlights. You’re really better off just stopping at a filling station and using the squeegee to clean the lenses. This might be a rather unsatisfying answer, but sometimes frivolous features such as these should be left to die.

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