I removed the standard windshield washer system from my curved windshield 1303 beetle. Not that it wasn’t working, but I’ve got a temporary spare wheel which has a tyre that’s a lot smaller than standard. So a system based on the pressure of the spare wheel wasn’t such a good idea. I bought a windshield washer motor from a VW beetle parts shop. They also had steering columns switches which had the switch in it for the electric washer. But these were quite expensive. So, I installed a small switch in the place where normally the windshield washer fluid valve is. This page explains how I did it.
Remove the steering wheel, you’ll need a 27 mm (I think..) socket wrench. The normal socket wrenches don’t have a socket that big.
Remove the four screws and the connector under the steering column. See the red circels in the next picture:
Also disconnect the small hose that goes to the windshield washer, but first unscrew the hose from the spare wheel, otherwise you’ll be sprayed with windshield washer fluid…
If I remember correctly you can disconnect the hose from the rear of the steering column.
You’ll end up with this:
The black thing is the windshield washer fluidi valve, the little plastic thing that looks like the head of a nail activates the valve:
Remove the valve by undoing the two screws.
See the next page on installing a micro switch.
Hi. What relay did you use for this mod?
I used a standard relay you would also use for forg lights.
It’s a “normally open” (or: NO) type of relay.
You can see the schematics of the relay in this wiring diagram:
Wow Great Job ..i was wondering if this concept would work.. perfect job and thanks alot for sharing. how is it performs?
It’s been working perfectly since 2008, it performs very well.