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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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February 12, 2016

My windshield washer doesn't spray. How can I fix that to were it does?

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March 2, 20161 found this helpful

My windscreen washer does not spray but the wipers do!

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Anonymous
May 9, 20160 found this helpful

Clean nozzles
Nd lines

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August 5, 20160 found this helpful

Windshield washer only squirts a tiny amount of water not squirting out tried with toothpick to see any blockages nothing happened advise please

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November 20, 20131 found this helpful

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"?

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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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December 19, 20160 found this helpful

I have a 2008 Rav 4 and I ran out of windshield fluid during sub zero weather. I then refilled it and now the fluid come out. ???

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November 26, 20141 found this helpful

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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By 0 found this helpful
January 5, 2017

Two weeks ago, I discovered that my rear windshield washer on my 2016 Chevy Tahoe was not spraying. I assumed the reservoir for the rear pump was out, then I discovered that there was no rear reservoir. Today on my way home from work, I discovered that the front sprayer was not spraying. The reservoir is full of fluid and I can hear the motor working. Anyone have any ideas?

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January 6, 20170 found this helpful

The Family Handyman said it could be a broken fuse, clogged sprayer or broken washer pump. Here is a link to the article: http://www.fami … -repair/view-all

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January 6, 20170 found this helpful

Given that your vehicle is new, I'd bet the sprayer is clogged. It's fairly easy to check / clean. Alternatively, if it's still under warranty, let the dealership fix it.

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Anonymous
January 6, 20170 found this helpful

This happened to a van we had and the line from the washer container was broken.

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January 7, 20170 found this helpful

Do you have 2 reservoirs? I have 2 up front, one is for the rear. Look and see if the place where it comes out is clogged. I have had it be clogged before. If you can hear the motor running, I doubt it would be a fuse.

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January 8, 20170 found this helpful

I know very little about auto repairs so if I have problems when my son is not around, i go to either Auto Zone or Advance and tell them my problem. They are usually very helpful and can look up your specific auto and usually figure out what could be wrong.

Many times no actual part is necessary but they will have whatever you may find you need (after trying any suggestions).

Wipers are a very real safety feature so I hope you find a solution before getting caught in the rain.

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By 0 found this helpful
September 21, 2017

My 2007 SY Territory washer system won't work. I have checked the fuse and checked the water reservoir and made sure it is full. I also checked that all the hoses are not blocked, yet it still won't spray. I use to hear a noise, like a small motor, when it worked before so could this be the problem as I don't hear any noise now when I try to spray the windscreen?

Please help I need to fix this and can't afford to take to an electrician or mechanic. Thanks.

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February 14, 20151 found this helpful

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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By 0 found this helpful
June 12, 2016

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, 20162 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

water in tank but a little water coming out

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September 17, 2010

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

Same thing happened to me last week. It turned out to be the switch at the end of the wiper arm.

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February 20, 20140 found this helpful

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
robin311 AT comcast.net

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February 23, 20130 found this helpful

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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By 0 found this helpful
February 9, 2016

I have a Hyundai Getz. My windscreen washer has water running to it and the pump is working off the side jet, but I need to know how to remove the near side jet and I assume replace? Anybody know how it is connected to the bonnet as I looked and found no easy catches to release?

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October 19, 20140 found this helpful

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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April 6, 20140 found this helpful

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, 20130 found this helpful

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?

By Dave

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Anonymous
January 3, 20160 found this helpful

With everyone that has clogged washer nozzles, don't get carried away with a pointed and sharp instrument. You can do more damage than good

A better choice for cleaning the nozzles while still installed is a tip cleaner for an oxy-actelyne torch. There will be a multitude of small rods that can be used. Start with one that is smaller diameter than the nozzle and gradually move up in size to just below the actual inside nozzle diameter. This will prevent the nozzle from being damaged and the spray pattern will not be affected
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Just take your time and work slowly. Needles and pins are likely to break off in the nozzle and almost render it useless. You can purchase the tip cleaners almost anywhere automotive and welding supplies are sold.

Good luck and Happy Motoring.

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December 18, 20130 found this helpful

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

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December 18, 20130 found this helpful

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.

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December 14, 20130 found this helpful

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?

By Don

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December 15, 20130 found this helpful

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.

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March 19, 20130 found this helpful

My Vauxhall Astra's windscreen washer won't work, but the wipers do. I can't even hear the pump.

By Kenny

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March 22, 20130 found this helpful

Could be the lines are clogged?

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April 24, 20120 found this helpful

My windshield cleaner does not work. Could it be clogged? How do I fix this?

By Ellen

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Anonymous
April 26, 20120 found this helpful

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).

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April 11, 20150 found this helpful

The rear hatch sprayer on my Rendevous is not spraying onto the window. You can hear the pump. Water will run out of the last rear passenger seat belt area. Where does the line run?

By Vicki

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February 7, 20150 found this helpful

How do I get my front washer sprayers on my 2009 CRV LX changed?

By Joe

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December 2, 20140 found this helpful

I am getting a bath when I try to use the rear window washer. Water drips from near the top of the windshield edge and overhead panel. No water reaches the rear window.

By capy bill

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July 22, 20140 found this helpful

Washer fluid comes out of the hose when it is not connected to the wiper. When it's connected to the wiper, it doesn't come out.

By Anson C. from Detroit, MI

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By 0 found this helpful
July 11, 2014

I can't get my windshield washers to spray. All the lines are clear of any clogs and I checked all counting parts and used wire to clean out spay holes on top of hood, but they still won't spay. How do I remove them to clean them better without breaking them?

By ROBINANDTODD from Adelanto, CA

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April 6, 20140 found this helpful

The hose disconnected from the rear windshield. It sprays on the inside of my van not the outside of the window. How do I fix or reconnect? It is a Montana 2004 extended van.

By Diane

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October 17, 20130 found this helpful

Where is the windshield washer pump on a 1998 Acura 2.5 tl? I can change it if I know where it is. The tank is in the fender wall with no access.

By Bruce

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October 13, 20130 found this helpful

My 2000 Chevy Blazer has front and rear windshield washers with separate switches. The front washers do not work. The fuse is good. I plugged in a new multifunction switch and the front washers still do not work. The pump does not run on the front end with either switch.

By Bob M.

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July 20, 20130 found this helpful

The front and rear windshield washer are not working; they quit at the same time. I have tried blowing out the lines from the pumps. I also checked the fuses, tried two used pumps, and have tried putting in different relays (used). When I push the buttons neither one does anything.

By Gary R from Buffalo, NY

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June 9, 20130 found this helpful

I have a 2010 Sonata. The washer fluid pump not working. The wipers work so it is not the fuse. There are no motor sounds so I am assuming that the motor is bad. How difficult is it to change the motor for the window washer? Are there any guides out there I can review first?

By Joe

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March 19, 20130 found this helpful

My Vauxhall Astra's windscreen washer won't work, but the wipers do. I can't even hear the pump.

By Kenny

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November 10, 20090 found this helpful

Is it possible to fix the sprayers on windshield wipers? The pump works but they won't spray out right. They are the kind that are attached to the wipers.

Tori from Oshawa, Ontario, CA

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Windshield Wiper Sprayers Not Working

What I've found is that sometimes they are clogged in the sprayer, the place where it sprays out. Try taking a straight pin or needle and see if you can unclog the place where it is suppose to spray out. I've unclogged a lot of them that way. Also, see if you can disconnect the tube that connects to the wiper and see if the washer comes out when you run the pump. If it does, then the clog is in the last part. Work at it with a pin from the other side. Hope this helps and I've explained it well enough. If that doesn't work, add a little white vinegar to your reservoir and it will help descale the workings. It may help unclog over time.

Susan from ThriftyFun (01/06/2007)

By ThriftyFun

Windshield Wiper Sprayers Not Working

It is usually an inexpensive repair, the worst part is finding out where the loss of pressure happens. Other than what has been described, I have also found a leaking rubber hose before, replacing this fixed it.

One way to locate a leak, should this be the cause, is to fill the bottle with water and just RUN that pump for a good bit and start looking for leaks almost immediately. Of course it will leak due to water dribbling down the windshield so it's a bit hit and miss, but sooner or later you should find it.

Also I use black rubber vacuum tubing to fix it, just get the diameter right and it's way cheaper than the actual OEM hose, cut to size with scissors. (11/14/2007)

By 8307c4

Windshield Wiper Sprayers Not Working

Try using a "tiny" drill bit, slightly bigger than a needle and drill it out. I tried several methods, including; soaking in vinegar, spraying with brake-clean and blowing it out with a blowgun attached to my air compressor. I went to the dealer (Dodge ram) to order a new one, and they wanted nearly 40 bucks for a 2 cent part. I tried eBay as well and had no luck. That's when I tried the drill bit idea. It worked great! The spray is slightly different, but it cleans my windshield. This size of bit only usually is found in large kits. For "cheap" drill bits, try; harbor freight tools (google) Good luck! Steve (01/27/2008)

By scubasteve817

Windshield Wiper Sprayers Not Working

I had the same problem, and using the straight pin (needle) method I was finally able to solve it. If you decide to remove the sprayer, just be careful not to break the support that holds it in place (too late for me!). (05/19/2008)

By Manuel in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Windshield Wiper Sprayers Not Working

My motor was working but nothing was coming out. I blew out the lines, still nothing. I ordered a new motor and when I went to replace it, I found that the screen (filter) between the reservoir and motor was clogged with a gel like substance. I cleaned it and flushed out the reservoir with water and reassembled and everything was fine. I had not pulled out the screen because I did not want the 1/2 gallon of fluid to come out, which would have saved me a lot of work to begin with. (08/01/2008)

By Chris W.

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September 17, 20100 found this helpful

My windshield wipers won't dispense water. Is there a pump that works this?

By Suzette from Charleston, SC

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Windshield Wiper Sprayers Not Working

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)

By pamphyila

Windshield Wiper Sprayers Not Working

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)

By Cajun62234

Windshield Wiper Sprayers Not Working

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)

By Deeli

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