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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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"?
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.
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?
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!
My 2010 Cadillac CTS wipers work, but no wiper fluid will come out.
By Dee from Dallas, TX
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Maybe its a crack in the line and some connector needs replaced. Check this video out.
How do I clean the nozzle?
By Wheat H.
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
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.
Same thing happened to me last week. It turned out to be the switch at the end of the wiper arm.
My windshield fluid is not spraying, but if I disconnect the tank and lift it even with the wiper motor, it works. When I put it back in its original spot, it doesn't work. I can't figure that one out.
By Leo from Detroit, MI
The description of the system working with the resevoir in a higher position may indicate a pressure issue and that the pump is gradually failing. Test this by disconnecting the line, running it downward and activating the washer switch. If it drives fluid downward, (but not upward), it's not producing sufficient pressure and needs to be replaced.
I have a 2005 Honda Civic. My windshield wipers work, but no fluid comes out when pressed. I don't hear the pump when doing this. Could it be a pump issue or something else?
The jets are probably clogged. Or the line is kinked where you can't see the line for all the engine box clutter.
Try using a thin wire to clear the jets - you'll find those where the bonnet (hood) meets the windscreen (windshield) aimed up at the centre of your windscreen. They look like tiny nozzles, one on each side of the bonnet, and because of the location are easily clogged with specks of road grit, sand-dirt-mud, etc.
You can find more tips on clearing clogged windscreen fluid jets by using your make/model/year+clogged windscreen(shield) fluid jets as a search term - the search should bring up several pages of Honda owner forum threads with great advice.
If that doesn't work you might want to have the car looked at by a mechanic who has the tools and training to clear the jets and check the feed lines to be sure there are no kinks.
If you live in an area with annual inspections it would be best to get this sorted before your car undergoes the annual because on the spot repairs are always much more costly than if you have it dealt with by the mechanic of your choice.
My Vauxhall Astra's windscreen washer won't work, but the wipers do. I can't even hear the pump.
My windshield cleaner does not work. Could it be clogged? How do I fix this?
I mean this very respectfully but is their fluid in the reservoir? A couple of years ago I had filled mine but two days later it wasn't working and thought something was clogged. Had it looked at by mechanic and it turned out there was no fluid (after just two days) because of a leak in the bottom of the reservoir. The thought never crossed my mind that it could be a leak.
If this is your case it's expensive to replace (both the labor and the part) so if you know someone with the right tools and under the hood knowledge who might do the labor for free or low cost you can either order the appropriate reservoir for your car from a parts store or even try using the appropriate type of repair sealer first (probably also available at a auto supply store).
My windshield wipers won't dispense water. Is there a pump that works this?
By Suzette from Charleston, SC
My husband fixed ours. The tank holding the water was cracked, so there was no water. So he mended the tank and now they work. Check under the hood. The plastic tank will be quite visible. (11/10/2009)
After the obvious check to see if there is fluid in the reservoir, disconnect the line going to the washer-ports [easily seen under the hood; just a simple "pull" is all that is required]. Turn on the engine and activate the "washer mode"; if no fluid is dispensed or you don't hear the pump activating; the pump should be replaced. If fluid is dispensed, reconnect the fluid hose and take a sewing pin and clean out the holes in the washer port; then brush them with an old toothbrush. One of these will remedy your situation. (11/11/2009)
My problem was also caused by a crack in the reservoir. If possible, take it out and mend it like pamphyila's husband did because those buggers are expensive to replace. A new one for my car (part only, not including labor) would have been almost $100.00 :-o (11/13/2009)