How to upgrade to windscreen washer jets on 1996 – 2000 Volvo S40 and V40

by: manoman48


This is a guide to changing the original washer nozzles (2 jet type) on the Phase 1 (1995-2000) Volvo S40/V40 to the mist type jets found on later models.

The original jets look like this:

And produce a spray pattern like this:

It covers very little of the windscreen and requires more water to get the screen clean.

To remove the old jets open up the bonnet and look underneath where the jets are located. The rubber hoses simply pull off the existing jets. I found this very easy even on a 10 year old car where I expected the rubber to have degraded.

The nozzles are held in by two small ‘wings’ on either side. Simply push these wings in using a pair of pliers or a small screwdriver (doing one side at a time) and the nozzles should just just pop out.

This leaves two holes that look like this:

Don’t worry, the white area is actually a small bit of rubber (maybe even sealant) to protect the paintwork or possibly hold the nozzle more securely. It is not where any paint has been removed.

This photo shows the old and new nozzles next to each other.

As you can see the actual fitting is virtually identical with just a slightly longer fitting below the bonnet line. This makes no difference whatsoever and the important parts for fitting are identical.

The new jets just push into the holes and click in position. They hold very securely and look smart as well.

The tubing then just pushes back on over the new nozzles (make sure you get them on as far as possible).

Close the bonnet and try out your new jets. It is difficult to get a photo as the mist is very fine.

The part number for the new type jets is:

The instructions in this tutorial will work in the following models / years:

– 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000 Volvo S40
– 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000 Volvo V40