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Old 06-13-2020, 06:39 PM   #1
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Windshield Washer Not Working

OK, have an odd situation...

First, I had my windshield replaced by SafeLite on Thursday due to a crack from a recent hailstorm.

Today, on my way to Austin, I tried cleaning off my new windshield only to find the washers don't work.

I thought the washer fluid was just out, so I refilled it and still no luck.

The odd thing is the back washer still works!

I wonder if SafeLite may have pulled a fuse or disconnected the pump for some reason, but before I take it to them to ask, is that even feasible when replacing the windshield?

If not, and it's just a coincidence that the washer stopped working just as the windshield was replaced, what else could it be?

What can I look for and do to possible fix this myself?

I'm in southcentral Texas, with lots of dust and pollen floating about. I need my windshield washers!
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Old 06-13-2020, 07:15 PM   #2
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You should hear the pump running, if you do then look for leaks in the line. If you don't then check for power & ground at the pump. Theres 2 pumps, one for front and rear.
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Old 06-13-2020, 08:34 PM   #3
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Yep...

Is there any easy way to access this area without removing the headlight and bumper?
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Old 06-13-2020, 09:01 PM   #4
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Nevermind, problem solved!

I went out to see if the pump ran when I went to wash the windshield, and after it did, I saw the puddle of fluid behind the front passenger side wheel. Given the reservoir and pump sit much farther forward, I started to look around and saw the hose connector at the upper lefthand corner of the engine bay had come undone, most likely when they were installing my new windshield.

I was concerned as after I connected it, I only got a small stream of water out of the washer jets; but then I filled up the reservoir again and everything worked as designed.

I guess I was overzealous in trying to clear the lines out while driving home today that I emptied the reservoir!

But, nevertheless, I have a result!
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Old 05-31-2021, 06:46 AM   #5
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Thank you very much for your advice! Most often, lately, I have been repairing my windshield, which constantly suffers from stones on the road, from branches that fall on the car when I drive under the trees. On the site https://www.carwindshields.info/ I finally found valuable and useful information for me about windshields, about when to replace the windshield, and when you just need to repair it. I advise you this site if you have similar problems.

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Old 06-01-2021, 01:53 AM   #6
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Seems like a not-so-uncommon problem. I had exactly the same issue, the hose popped away on its own, without any obvious reason.
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Old 06-01-2021, 12:44 PM   #7
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You brought up a very good diagnostic when something does not work. That is what has been done to the car since the problem occurred! Whenever something breaks, do you want to consider what has happened recently to the car.

I especially like the one That goes like this. I just decreased my engine with the garden hose and now it won’t start!


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Old 06-01-2021, 01:02 PM   #8
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Another good one is I just put an alarm system in the car and now it won’t start!

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