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MG MGF Technical - Heated washer jets

Winter draws on ......is it fairly easy to fit heated washer jets to the TF? Which version do folks recommend?
Dick Morbey

I fitted MGR heated jets which come in a kit form. Very easy to fit and available from your dealer. I think they were about forty quid or so. Essential for a car with engine at the rear.

Bruce
Bruce Caldwell

Bruce,

Any idea of the order code. I'd also like to order a set for my TF but I don't want to get the wrong item!

TIA

Angela
Angela Hartnup

Angela,

VUB100220 is the code

Have a look at this site which is Tony, Hants. He explains how to fit them.

http://members.aol.com/apttony/

Bruce
Bruce Caldwell

Bruce,

Thanks for the order code. Do you know if the MGF and TF heated washer jets are exactly the same part (I'm guessing they are). Also are they fitted in the same way?

Sorry for the silly questions, its an idiots guide for me I'm afraid!

Thanks

Angela
Angela Hartnup

Hello,

Where can I get these heated water jets for me F from?

Regards,
MG
Mike Gibson

Go get the set from B&G. They are the same for F and TF. Well I fitted them to a TF anyway.

The B&G kit is actually the same rover one and from memory is cheaper.

Fairly easy to do just don't pull the cable ties too tight.

Paul
Paul

Question: This will be my first winter with my MGF, how can i tell if my MGF has heated jets fitted or not, i dont want to order some only to find them already fitted ?
michael

>> how can i tell if my MGF has heated jets fitted or not, <<

Michael

you'll see wires running to the jets underneath the bonnet (in addition to the water feed pipes) as it is actualy the jet that sits above the bonnet that is heated.

Very easy and quick to fit ... did them a few years ago.

Stefan
Stefan Gibney

Just ordered a set from the dealer it was 44.65 inc vat (Brown & Gammons are 41.51 + postage).

The dealer tells me its the same kit for the F and TF

S
SimonT

>>>The dealer tells me its the same kit for the F and TF<<<

It's also used on ZR and ZS, which by inference makes then 25 and 45 suitable also.

Rog
Roger Parker

This is my first winter in a TF. Are heated jets an essential accessory for winter driving.
Steve
Steve Greenhalgh

Steve,

In my opinion they are essential for winter driving. The slightest frost and they freeze up if your car stands outside overnight. Without a warm engine at the front to heat them.... you can guess the rest. Takes hours to clear.

I also took the one way valve out of mine and replaced it with a straight tube. The difference is phenominal. You can get the Beemer behind! The pressure of the water really blasts the flies off and any snow or frost is quickly removed! The delay in water coming out is not noticeable.

Bruce
Bruce Caldwell

Bruce,
Brown and Gammons is on my way to/from work. I may just pop in and get the kit.
Thanks
Steve
Steve Greenhalgh

I've now bought the heated washer kit, and will fit it to the TF this weekend.

The instructions say to disconnect the battery before starting work.

Do listers know whether this will disturb the central locking/immobiliser/alarm set-up, or does the whole system re-set itself when you reconnect the battery?

Thanks
Dick Morbey
Richard Morbey

Dick

Had no problems (on my MGF) when disconnecting my battery to install the heated washer jet kit last weekend.

The only thing I needed to re-enter when I reconnected
the battery was the PIN number for my CD head

Simon
SimonT

all,fitted 4 1/2 years ago and would not be without them in winter.
steve-s
s shorey

I'm just fitting them on my F, Was going to fit a temperature monitor to switch them on automatically at 3 degrees, so that during the summer months they won't be running. Is it worth going to all that trouble or do they last even if they run all summer for no reason. (I had them on my Audi 80 and they only seemed to last a couple of years)
Keith

I was thinking about getting these, but am i right in thinking that they just heat the water as it comes from the jsts so if the pipes are frozen it will have no effect ?

Nick
Nick Walters

yes, but the point is that the pipes will be ok as they will contain enough alchol(SP?) whereas in the jets it will have evaporated.

Will
Will Munns

Keith

Similar effect with the heated door mirror; why is that on all the time? Even humble Fords connect heated mirrors to rear window heating. Even humble Fords have heated front screens.
JohnP

>Even humble Fords connect heated mirrors to rear window heating.
Ahh but not all F's have a rear screen heater, so they don't have the switch.

Will
Will Munns

>>>Even humble Fords connect heated mirrors to rear window heating.
Ahh but not all F's have a rear screen heater, so they don't have the switch.<<

Indeed true Will, plus I like the fact that the heaters clear the mirrors of water and spray, keeping them nice and clear :o)

BTW Will, just spotted that you appear to have added a midget 1500 to your addy... :o) Tell all!!! And when will it be transforming into a Midget 1600? ;o)
Rob Bell

Me, sneek a thing in like that ;~)
Yep nice and black, no security to speak of (has an imobilizer and led)
and even a nice hand(!) operated windscreen pump.

I am very surprised at quite how powerful the engine is, it still has go at 90! (and that is mildly up hill)
So the plan is (as was) to run the car for a year on the standard engine, upgrading anything I find lacking (the brakes might need some changes) and taking the car to an airfield to find it's potential. Then about this time next year I buy myself a 216 for the winter and begin stripping the engine bay on the midget.
Will Munns

> Even humble Fords have heated front screens.

Isn't is a patented thing though hence no other make seem to have them? Which is a shame.
Paul Lathwell

<<Isn't is a patented thing though hence no other make seem to have them? >>

Nope. Lots of other makes of cars have them. I even remember a friend of mine having a front heated windscreen in his Triumph 2000 twenty years ago.

Bruce
Bruce Caldwell

Fair enough - I stand corrected then. So question is why the bloody hell haven't MGR got on the band wagon? :)
Paul Lathwell

Expense I expect. Front windscreens get shattered lots and in this country you can defrost the front screen reasonably quickly with the normal heater. BUT I expect someone somewhere makes one for an MGF.

Bruce
Bruce Caldwell

>>Yep nice and black<<

Sounds like a nice one Will :o) Sensible plan regarding ownership/ upgrades too.

Look forward to hearing updates about this car Will! :o)
Rob Bell

I have lots of niggly faults, and noticed a bit of a rust hole which had just been waxoild over, so I am a bit worried about taking it airfielding, in case the exta stress pulls it apart...

Will
Will Munns

Hmm, it might be a very good idea to probe a little further into the integrety of the shell before starting work on the engine transplant. Hopefully just localised corrosion, but it is very difficult to tell on a car of this era, without extensive checks and peeling back of underseal...
Rob Bell

Yep looks that way, I had expected to be doing work on it, I have 1k comming back to me in January to pay for some of the work.

Will
Will Munns

This thread was discussed between 17/09/2002 and 04/10/2002

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