WINDSHIELD WASHER RESEVOIR - VACUUM

  • Tiny
  • SULLYZ300
  • 1992 Nissan 300ZX
  • 100,000 miles

The windshiel washer resevoir inthe rear deck lid, drivers side of my 92 300 zx 2 door / Non turbo has been " hissing" for about 2 weeks. So I filled it with fluid and the system still does not spit wash to my windshield, though the light on the dash went out. PROBLEM - after running the car for 2 minutes I heard a KNOCK, like someone knocking bowling balls together (just one knock) and I immediately shut off my engine. Under the left side of the intake manifold ( right where the are is brought into the top of the cylinders ) in the engine compartment I now see blue water drops coming from what seems to be outta nowhere? Any ideas before I attempt to start the car again? The engine had been swapped out about 2 years ago and I think a vacuum has sucked the wash fluid to the wrong spot. Thanks -Sean

Monday, November 28th, 2011 AT 9:46 PM

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  • hmac300
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Ya it probably has just disconnect it from the source to stop it and plug it for now. I'm sending the only vacuum diagram we have for this car.

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Monday, November 28th, 2011 AT 9:56 PM
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Wow, that was quick. Thank you. I still (after 2 hours)have a small drip coming from inside / out near the #9 throttle chamber. Its almost like as if a gasket had failed. It looks like the wash fluid had been sucked into the intake manifold or injectors because I heard a KNOCK. What should I do? I have no wash fluid container or motor in this car. I think the previous owner took it out though the fluid is coming all the way from the rear forward. Ill send another pic of the drip tomorrow. Thanks a million - Sean (NJ)

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Monday, November 28th, 2011 AT 10:20 PM
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Like I said disconnect the hose and put a rubber plug where it was. The ws fluid wont hurt anything.

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Monday, November 28th, 2011 AT 11:23 PM
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Thats the thing.I dont have any noticabel tubes dripping water? Its the equivelant of a blown headgasket and oil dripping out the side. But I have blue drops of wash fluid dripping out of the manifold seal that encloses the chamber for air and fuel mix ( I think thats the term ) and it still drips through the manifold seal - like it is preasurized with the car not running. I have no clue where or how the wash fluid found its way to the manifold. If I could find a tube dripping I would plug it but I have no obvious signs other than the manifold seal under the left side chamber (fuel injection area) Wash fluid is inside and being fed somewhere off a vacuum like an IV drip. I fear starting the car if water has gotten inside that area as it will get sucked into the cylynders. - Thank you ** Pic attached.
Sean 818-571-7782

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Monday, November 28th, 2011 AT 11:47 PM
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It could be antifreeze instead of wash fluid. If you fear it then have a pro check itout for you to find out what it is.

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Monday, November 28th, 2011 AT 11:49 PM
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Im sure its wash fluid. Lost. No clue hwo it somehow got there. Afraid to start it. Ill look into it tomorrow and see what I can connect and disconnect. Sean

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Tuesday, November 29th, 2011 AT 12:07 AM
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If it's definitely wash fluid then there has to be a hose or tank someplcae where this iscoming from. Follow all the lines especially ones that runoff the engine to firewall or around the firewall.

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Tuesday, November 29th, 2011 AT 12:11 AM
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Really, thanks a million for the quick responses, what should I do about any wash fluid that has made it into the injection manifold?

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Tuesday, November 29th, 2011 AT 12:15 AM
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Nothing just run it

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Tuesday, November 29th, 2011 AT 12:15 AM
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Is that why I heard the KNOCK early today before I shut the car off? Misfire and knock due to the water in the chamber? Should I expect to hear it again when I start up after some troubleshooting?

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Tuesday, November 29th, 2011 AT 12:28 AM

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