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Old 05-04-2012, 01:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My passenger side windshield washer won't spray. I have check to see if it's clogged and it's not. I am getting frustrated because I can't seem to figure out why it won't spray. Any suggestions?
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Did you pull the hose off the pass. side nozzle to see if fluid is getting to the nozzle?
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Old 05-04-2012, 07:38 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Also, have you done in inspection of the tubing that feeds the sprayers? You may have a leak in there
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There is fluid getting to the nozzle. The tubing doesn't seem to have a leak. could it be the washer pump?
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Maybe the tube is getting pinched or kinked when the hood is closed. Check that if everything looks & works fine when the hood is open, but not when closed. Happened to me a long time ago on a VW Golf. Drove me crazy until I figured out what was going on.
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There is fluid getting to the nozzle. The tubing doesn't seem to have a leak. could it be the washer pump?

if you have good spray on the driver's side, the pump's good. (rear is a separate pump)

If both of them are not working, possibly corrosion on the pump or it's connector. It's very near the battery and I had to replace our pump with an AutoZone puump and rig/clean-up the connections. Works better than before now.
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Take the hose off the nozzle and try using the washer. If it sprays from the hose, the nozzle is probably plugged somehow. This could happen if someone tried adjusting the nozzles and got something stuck in them, for instance.
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Is the pump making noise like it's trying to pump? If it is, make sure the hose isn't getting pinched at the hood back by the gasket when you shut the hood, that happened to me.

Oops I re read, you are not getting a spray on the right then. There is a check valve in the line over to the passenger side, feel the rubber hose and find it. Take it out and back flush the check valve there may be some crap in it. If that's OK then it's maybe crap in the spray nozzle on that side.
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Is the pump making noise like it's trying to pump? If it is, make sure the hose isn't getting pinched at the hood back by the gasket when you shut the hood, that happened to me.

Oops I re read, you are not getting a spray on the right then. There is a check valve in the line over to the passenger side, feel the rubber hose and find it. Take it out and back flush the check valve there may be some crap in it. If that's OK then it's maybe crap in the spray nozzle on that side.
didn't know about a check-valve, cool - I learned something!
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I like the check operation w/hood open advice.

The other advice I'd give (besides double check the nozzle for clog) is pull the hose @ the nozzle and pinch it off so no fluid can come out the end then run the washer, there may be a very small or pinhole leak in the hose somewhere that is only apparent when running under pressure.
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