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niceguymr  [Team Member]
5/11/2010 4:34:40 PM EST
My wife has a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse. She believed her wiper fluid was empty b/c it was not spraying her windshield. Upon inspecting under the hood, I discovered the problem. There is a small (about 1" in size) plastic "Y" shaped hose connector the connects the hose from the windshield washer fluid tank to the 2 hoses for the nozzles on the windshield blades. Basically, the connector splits the water flow into 2 separate flows (one to each wiper blade). This part is located on the underside of the hood close to the center of the windshield. It is held in place by a small plastic spring clamp that is inserted into a tiny hole. This also holds the hoses in place as they run along this portion of the hood.

Well, this connector broke and is the reason why my wife thought she was out of fluid. The water is basically shooting into the engine compartment b/c it is no longer connected to the 2 hoses that go to the wiper nozzles. This is the piece I'm looking for. Can anyone tell me exactly what it's called or point me to where I can buy one?
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P08  [Team Member]
5/11/2010 4:45:25 PM EST
I do believe they call it a Y splitter? Just go to your local auto parts place with the part and tell them you need one.
niceguymr  [Team Member]
5/11/2010 5:17:17 PM EST
Here is a diagram showing the part. I cant find where to buy one of these online anywhere nor do I know exactly what it's called. I tried looking up "washer fluid hose Y splitter" and no luck either.



oneshot1kill  [Moderator]
5/11/2010 5:17:24 PM EST
P08 posted:
I do believe they call it a Y splitter? Just go to your local auto parts place with the part and tell them you need one.



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They are Y-shaped vacuum tees, typically 3/16" and some 1/4" for most cars/trucks. Just about any auto parts store will have them available for less than a dollar.

niceguymr  [Team Member]
5/11/2010 5:19:07 PM EST
Originally Posted By oneshot1kill:
They are Y-shaped vacuum tees, typically 3/16" and some 1/4" for most cars/trucks. Just about any auto parts store will have them available for less than a dollar.

http://shop.oreillyauto.com/product_images/img/thumbs/dor/tn_493-022.jpg


THAT IS IT!!! Ok, thank you both for the advice. I will go to the auto parts store tomorrow and ask for it.

THANK YOU!!

oneshot1kill  [Moderator]
5/11/2010 5:19:09 PM EST
Originally Posted By niceguymr:
Here is a diagram showing the part. I cant find where to buy one of these online anywhere nor do I know exactly what it's called. I tried looking up "washer fluid hose Y splitter" and no luck either.

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a346/niceguymr/EclipseWindshieldWasherDiagram.jpg



Here you go...

Vacuum Tees




ETA: You are welcome brother.
Quintin  [Moderator]
5/11/2010 6:18:47 PM EST
If the "Help" section at the local parts store doesn't get you set up, they're like two dollars a piece from the dealer. I'll get you the Mitsubishi part number when I get to work tomorrow.
niceguymr  [Team Member]
5/12/2010 1:39:50 AM EST
Originally Posted By Quintin:
If the "Help" section at the local parts store doesn't get you set up, they're like two dollars a piece from the dealer. I'll get you the Mitsubishi part number when I get to work tomorrow.


Wow, that would be great. I'm unfortunately not going to be able to get to the auto parts store until either tonight or tomorrow.
Quintin  [Moderator]
5/12/2010 3:52:33 AM EST
The Mitsubishi number is MB882250. They're $1.20/ea.
niceguymr  [Team Member]
5/13/2010 12:59:31 PM EST
Originally Posted By Quintin:
The Mitsubishi number is MB882250. They're $1.20/ea.


Thank you very much for that. I went ahead to the auto parts store and got the part. It installed without any issues.

Thanks everyone!

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