Windshield Washers Not Spraying

When your windshield washers won't spray, there are some steps you can take to troubleshoot the cause and repair options. This is a guide about windshield washers not spraying.
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June 12, 2016 Flag
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I have a 1989 240 DL Volvo wagon. The washer fluid does not spray. I have changed the fuse, filled the washer fluid tank, and have tentatively poked the nozzles with a needle. Still nothing. Anyone with any ideas?

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June 19, 20161 found this helpful

My wife ran the washer fluid tank dry on her 2008 Ford Escape and informed me a week or two later. I filled the tank and nothing but a few sprinkles would come out of the sprayers every 5 or 10 seconds. I could hear the motors so knew it wasn't the motors. I traced where the hose hooked up at the bottom of the tank and unplugged it. There is a small screen filter between the hose and tank that had coagulated washer fluid of some sort. Used a toothbrush to clean the screen and hooked it back up. Worked instantly. Good luck.

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August 17, 20160 found this helpful

That's fantastic I am having exactly the same and yes mine ran out a couple weeks ago to  thanks I'll try all that x

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September 12, 20160 found this helpful

February 12, 2016 Flag
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My windshield washer doesn't spray. How can I fix that to were it does?

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March 2, 20160 found this helpful

My windscreen washer does not spray but the wipers do!

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May 9, 20160 found this helpful

Clean nozzles

Nd lines

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August 5, 20160 found this helpful

November 26, 2014 Flag
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I have a 2006 Honda CRV. The windshield washer spray only dribbles out when activated. If I release the hood latch, it works great. The nozzles seem to be clearing the hood, no water on hood. Is there a ground involved here?

By Bob

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November 28, 20140 found this helpful

I have the same vehicle but it's a 2000. Same issue also except mine doesn't work with hood open. Sounds like there is something kinking the line when your hood is closed. Check the line, follow it from reservoir to nozzle, should see a dent or some sign of being closed off. What I am going to try is using a compressed air sprayer (as in electronic duster, just air in s can) & disconnect nozzle & should see bubbling in reservoir (fill 1st) if clears line. If not few other things t try b4 replacing lines. Oh ya, 1st off make sure you hear pump running. In your case pump seems to be running. Hope this helps!

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July 22, 20160 found this helpful

Did you ever fix this Bob? it's the most bizarre thing. Mine works fine when hood open...95% shut...98% shut...but when hood is shut it slows to a dribble. No obvious sign of the hood interfering with tubing. A mystery!

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February 14, 2015 Flag
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I have a 2008 Ford Edge and both of the front washers will not spray, but the back one will. Does anyone know why this would happen or what I need to do to fix it?

By Ashley

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February 15, 20150 found this helpful

It's possible they're clogged with dust/dirt (happens frequently here in the desert). Try inserting the sharp end of a needle or small safety pin into the hole of each. Wiggle the needle/pin very gently, wipe away any debris, and then try spraying again.

If you wiggle the needle/pin too hard, you could change the direction of the spray or possibly break it.

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November 20, 2013 Flag
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I just picked up my truck from having the power steering cooler, radiator, steering shaft, and ball joints fixed. Now, my dashboard shows the wipers' indicator on. The wipers work, but the fluid won't pump out. I filled it up to the brim to make sure I had fluid, still nothing. Did the technician do something accidentally that can be fixed easily on my own? Should I bring it back only to find out something else is "faulty"?

By Joseph

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November 22, 20130 found this helpful

You paid good money to have all those repairs done to your car - bring it back! Don't try to find out what the problem might be. That is part of the problem - no one is held accountable for their workmanship.

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December 9, 20130 found this helpful

By all means take it back and ask, although I think it is unlikely that the pump was damaged by the other repairs; I suspect it was time for it to die.

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February 20, 2014 Flag
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I have a 2011 VW Jetta S. My wipers work fine on all settings. But when I pull the wiper stem (on steering column) to get washer fluid to spray, nothing comes out. The wipers don't move or even try. I hear no sound or anything. Please help.

By Dylan

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February 21, 20140 found this helpful

You have checked the reservoir to see that there is fluid in it, right? Sometimes the nozzles get pointed in some direction other than at the windshield. You could check that, but I would think that you would have noticed this. There is a little pump that pumps the washer fluid; perhaps it is worn out, in which case you need to take it to a shop and have it repaired.

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May 25, 20150 found this helpful

Hi Dylan, did you get a solution to this problem? I am having the same issue with my 2011 Jetta. I thought it was low on fluid but when I pull the trigger for washer fluid I get no fluid and wipers don't activate either. I'm hoping it's a fuse. I just wondered what your solution was if you don't mind sharing.

Robin

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October 19, 2014 Flag
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How do I clean the nozzle?

By Wheat H.

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October 21, 20140 found this helpful

Locate the nozzle and be sure it is pointed in the correct direction. If the holes are clogged, you can just poke them out with a needle or something similar.

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February 23, 2013 Flag
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My windshield washer fluid is not spraying on the windshield, but puddling out on the ground. It is not a leak, but when I push the button in the car to spray you hear the pump and then see the fluid on the ground under the car.

By Renee

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February 25, 20130 found this helpful

Go to a parts store. Ask if they can go outside to help figure out what hose is leaking. This is an easy fix. Pull the hose off. Match up the length of old hose to a new piece. Install new piece. If you have a long enough old piece of hose you could find the hole, cut the hose and put a splice to join the two pieces of hose together. The parts store will help you. Don't be afraid to ask :)

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February 25, 20130 found this helpful

It is likely a leaky hose, but it could just be a spray nozzle that is pointing the wrong way. If you have no notion of what you are doing, take it to a small shop; this is the sort of thing that they fix for next to nothing.

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September 17, 2010 Flag
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My windshield washers have just recently stopped working. The wipers work fine, but no water comes out. I know there is plenty of fluid in the receptacle because I've had it checked. Does anyone have a simple solution I can try before taking my car to repair shop? I know nothing about cars other than they go frontwards and backwards.

By Sharon from Mackinaw, IL

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September 17, 20100 found this helpful

There are several thoughts that come to mind.

1. The holes that spray water on the win shield are clogged.

2. There may be a tear to the hose some where.

3. The hose has separrated from the water canster or from the spray nozzle.

Try using a pin to clear the holes in the spray head.

You may have to take some pieces apart to check on the entire length of the hose and connections.

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September 17, 20100 found this helpful

Sometime the plastic hose gets kinked or the nozzles get clogged. Scrub the nozzles with an old toothbrush and soapy water, check under the hood for kinks or leaks.

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December 3, 20100 found this helpful

April 6, 2014 Flag
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My 2010 Cadillac CTS wipers work, but no wiper fluid will come out.

By Dee from Dallas, TX

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April 8, 20140 found this helpful

The easiest thing to check first is the tank, and make sure there is fluid in it. If it's full check any hoses that go to the wipers, they may be unhooked somewhere. If everything seems okay then it would be the pump not pumping the fluid, so it won't spray out. It is also a possibility that the holes where the fluid sprays out of the wiper is clogged. You're supposed to be able to clear the clog with a needle or pin. Id check YouTube for a video on how to do this, or even search wipers won't spray, and see what you can come up with.

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December 27, 2013 Flag
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I have a 2007 Ford Territory. When hose is disconnected from sprayer, water flows. Does any one know how to clear blockage in the jets?

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