Rear washer jet blocking

2016 Kia Sportage Diesel auto AWD
Car: Kia Sportage
Year: 2016
Variant: Diesel auto AWD
Categories: Leaks & Noises
Hi. I've had a look at the rear brake light. It is recessed into a large piece of shiny, black plastic which extends from one side of the top of the back door to the other. There is no separate cowling surrounding it. I can't see any obvious way of removing this plastic trim - I would need to stretch my arms really wide just to access both sides of it and there's no way I could pull it off with my fingertips anyway -I did try, but with no result. In addition, the jet is also recessed into this piece of plastic, so, pulling it off, if it was possible to do this, would probably pull the hose off the jet. Any ideas?
Problem added: Aug 22, 2020 (3 years ago)
Never done one on that car , but on similar setups there are often rubber grommets inside tailgate that on removal give access to retaining screws / nuts .
Answered Aug 22, 2020 (3 years ago)
There are grommets - one for the rear brake light cable and one for the washer. hose . When the washer grommet is removed all it does is to let you see the hose. there is barely enough room to put a finger in. You can't reach the jet from the grommet hole. I suppose I'll have to take it to A Kia dealer and pay the price!! Thanks anyway.
Answered Aug 22, 2020 (3 years ago)
Have you tried blowing through with compressed air or small needle to clear the jet before stripping anything ,just a thought also watch the hose has not come off at another union even inside the car
Answered Aug 22, 2020 (3 years ago)
Replying to post by bustedknuckles:
Have you tried blowing through with compressed air or small needle to clear the jet before stripping anything ,just a thought also watch the hose has not come off at another union even inside the car
The position and shape of the washer jet is such that I find it impossible to see the exit hole when the hatch is closed. It's even more difficult to see or even feel the the hole when the hatch is in its fully open position. I know that the hose hasn't detached elsewhere as the blockage can be temporarily cleared by moving the open hatch up and down several times after which the washer works normally for a short time. It's as if there's something floating about in the hose.If you can think of anything i could do, I would appreciate it.
Thanks.
Answered Aug 22, 2020 (3 years ago)
Check washer pipe in trunking between tail gate and body sounds like it is kinked hence it sometimes works if it is get some washer tubing and plastic connectors and repair pipe no need to remove panel or jet
Answered Aug 22, 2020 (3 years ago)
Sounds like that could be the source of the problem - I never thought of that. I'll check it out.
Thanks.
Answered Aug 22, 2020 (3 years ago)
I think it was the non return valve that was giving the trouble , silting up . Replacing with straight through or removing the inners apparently fixed it .But you still have to reach it !
Answered Aug 22, 2020 (3 years ago)
Yeah, that's the real problem!! If you find out how, please let me know!!
Answered Aug 22, 2020 (3 years ago)
Thanks for all your hard work. I thought that removing the trim panel would allow access., but I wasn't sure if it could be safely detached. I'll try to remove it and take it from there.
Thanks again
Answered Aug 22, 2020 (3 years ago)
Got there eventually !!
Answered Aug 22, 2020 (3 years ago)

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