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Old 12-15-2011, 04:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Windshield wiper fluid not coming out

The windshield wiper reservoir is full and when I press the button to use the windshield wiper fluid I can hear the fluid reservoir pump motor running, but no fluid is coming out.

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Old 12-15-2011, 04:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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it could be clogged, i wouldnt know how to flush it.... but that may be the problem we just need a solution
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The windshield wiper reservoir is full and when I press the button to use the windshield wiper fluid I can hear the fluid reservoir pump motor running, but no fluid is coming out.

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How cold have your temps gotten? Did you put the fluid in or a shop?

The reason for the questions.....mine froze up in the reservoir, slush...due to the dealership's oil change shop was watering down the wiper fluid..the repair shop proved that themselves as I never put any in and I had all my maintenance dome there...needless to say, they replaced my put, a hose, and refilled the reservoir. The oil change quick shop now has the right fluild (wink wink).
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Old 12-16-2011, 08:00 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The windshield wiper reservoir is full and when I press the button to use the windshield wiper fluid I can hear the fluid reservoir pump motor running, but no fluid is coming out.

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Hey Derek!

I would see if it is clogged like John said and I would also check the type of washer fluid you are using. It might just be cheap and gunks things up easily.

Good luck getting it fixed and hope to see you soon!
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Old 12-16-2011, 08:06 AM   #5 (permalink)
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There is also often a check valve, that prevents the fluid from running all the way back down to the reservoir tank after the pump shuts off. That check valve can fail as well. Can be a common problem on some cars.
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Old 12-16-2011, 09:05 AM   #6 (permalink)
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A quick shot of compressed air can unclogged a nozel but that usually doesn't happen since it is difficult for debris to get into the washer resevoir. If you do, make sure you turn down the regulator. You don't need a lot of pressure. You can do it from the sprayer as well if you can get to them. If it has been cold for you then let the car run for about 5-10 minutes and that will be plenty of time for it to warm up. Run the defroster as well. If these don't work then look at the check valve like mentioned above.
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Old 12-19-2011, 02:35 PM   #7 (permalink)
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How cold have your temps gotten? Did you put the fluid in or a shop?

The reason for the questions.....mine froze up in the reservoir, slush...due to the dealership's oil change shop was watering down the wiper fluid..the repair shop proved that themselves as I never put any in and I had all my maintenance dome there...needless to say, they replaced my put, a hose, and refilled the reservoir. The oil change quick shop now has the right fluild (wink wink).
Moms,

It has been a warm December here in Maryland.

I do all of the fluid changes my self. Now I had the water pump resently replaces. Not sure if that would have affected it though.
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it could be clogged, i wouldnt know how to flush it.... but that may be the problem we just need a solution
I fill the fluids and always make sure that the reservoir never gets low. Maybe a stink bug got in there...LOL
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Hey Derek!

I would see if it is clogged like John said and I would also check the type of washer fluid you are using. It might just be cheap and gunks things up easily.

Good luck getting it fixed and hope to see you soon!
Hey Susan!!!

I use the Walmart brand fluid...not sure how that would clog it up, but you never know.

Thanks...Hopefully...
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There is also often a check valve, that prevents the fluid from running all the way back down to the reservoir tank after the pump shuts off. That check valve can fail as well. Can be a common problem on some cars.
Crap...I hope not...I wonder if that's covered under warranty...probably not with having over 80k miles. If this is the case, I wonder if I need a new pump or just check valve...gotta check out my manual.
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A quick shot of compressed air can unclogged a nozel but that usually doesn't happen since it is difficult for debris to get into the washer resevoir. If you do, make sure you turn down the regulator. You don't need a lot of pressure. You can do it from the sprayer as well if you can get to them. If it has been cold for you then let the car run for about 5-10 minutes and that will be plenty of time for it to warm up. Run the defroster as well. If these don't work then look at the check valve like mentioned above.
Great...thanks, I will try the compressed air and see if that works.
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Old 12-29-2011, 10:43 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Well I finally found the problem.

I hooked up my bike tire pump to the disconnected Driver side washer fluid nozzle under the windshield wiper and blocked the Passenger side washer fluid nozzle to see if I could blow out any kind of blockage...didn't work.

So I removed the Washer Pump and disconnected the pump hose from the pump and tried to force air through that end...still blocked.

I then started to follow the pump hose all the way up under the driver side wiper and what do I find...a crease in the line. I pulled the crease out and now the air/fluid flows.

There seems to be a lot of extra pump hose in a tight area under the driver side wiper. I think over time an area of the pump hose creased under stress.

You can see the crease in the pics below.





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Old 12-30-2011, 12:08 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Thanks for the followup report.

for posting your findings!
Nice photos clearly show the culprit.
Some great under the hood detective work.
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