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Have a 1996 Outback. wipers working front and back BUT no fluid coming out. Checked that there was fluid, checked fuse and all ok. Have been told could be the motor. Where do I look and how to check.
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When you press the "wash" button (for either the front, or rear), can you hear the related washer pump motor run? There should be a noticeable sound from the motor, especially if the car is a quiet area, engine off, key at ON and hood up.

If yes, then there could be a blockage in the hose(s).

If no, then it could be the motors, but it also not uncommon for the connectors at the motors to become badly corroded, so much so that they don't make a good connection, in which case, cleaning the contacts will often resolve the problem.

Both the washer motors and their respective wipers work off the same fuse, so that fuse is okay if the wipers work.

The washer motors are at the bottom of the windshield washer reservoir.
 

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There is often a mixup on how to actually activate the washers vs the mist fuction. I don't don't how far back this issues goes. The mist function shows a diagram that 'looks' like it should be the washers, but in fact just moves the wipers for mist. This is on the little flap on the top. However, the actual washers function when pressing the button on the end of the stalk. I have to have this conversation about every two years with my wife when she asks to me fix the washers because they stopped working. This time I think I made fun of her too much. She won't forget now where to get the washers to go, but I also won't be seeing any attention anytime soon...

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Agreed. A lot of times I see customers coming in saying my washers aren't working. I ask what are you doing to engage the wiper/washer system? They say that they're pulling back on the stalk. That'll only engage the mist function that'll wipe only once unless held down. It's the button at the end that'll engage the washer fluid motor.

I'd definitely recommend following the steps in the 3rd post to see if you're able to rectify your issue. Most of the time (80%) it's just a blockage in the wiper washer tubes somewhere in the line(s). It's rare to see a motor blow out or to have a bad electrical connection. In my two years of being an advisor at Subaru, I haven't seen a motor blow out yet.
 

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Definitely check to make sure you're using the right switch to engage the washer fluid. That fooled me for a few minutes when I first got the car. also, like people have already said, make sure when you hit the button for the washers that you hear the motors engage...it should be an electrical whirring noise. If you don't hear that then the motors aren't coming on and its time to check the connectors. The motors should be on the wiper fluid reservoir. The motors are cheap and easy to replace if needed.
 

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In our 05 outback there are two small filters buried under the hood insulation. Mine were clogged so I just removed them, worked fine!
 

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Filters?

In our 05 outback there are two small filters buried under the hood insulation. Mine were clogged so I just removed them, worked fine!
I do not believe there are any filters at least not visible on 99. If they were to put in a filter more logically it would be before the pump. Most likely it was just a connector.

I pulled the reservoir on my 99 to check the pumps. Both easily had washer fluid pour out just from gravity so not plugged. One pump read 0 in continuity the other read between 5-3 ohms but neither pump works.

Just by mouth the hoses to the front window are able to pass fluid. Was not able to force fluid through the hose by mouth to the read window.

Check valve maybe? Fuse good as the wipers run and believe there is only one fuse. Since on pump shows 0 continuity does that mean it is the stalk?
 

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I bought a 1998 Outback wagon last month in North Carolina, just before I moved to Maine. "Everything works", said the owner... except for the windshield fluid, apparently. Nothing from the front, nothing from the rear. Reservoirs are full. Fuses are fine. I took out the front reservoir to check the pump, and what did I find?

A solid block of blue-tinted ice. The level must have gotten low and he filled it with plain old tap water: fine in the sunny South, not fine in Maine. I thawed out the tank and filled it with proper fluid, problem solved.
 

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sometimes, we can only find fluid for 20* or above.

I try to stock-up on the 0* stuff in the winter - more alcohol in it i think and it cleans better.
 

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I bought a 1998 Outback wagon last month in North Carolina, just before I moved to Maine. "Everything works", said the owner... except for the windshield fluid, apparently. Nothing from the front, nothing from the rear. Reservoirs are full. Fuses are fine. I took out the front reservoir to check the pump, and what did I find?

A solid block of blue-tinted ice. The level must have gotten low and he filled it with plain old tap water: fine in the sunny South, not fine in Maine. I thawed out the tank and filled it with proper fluid, problem solved.


I live in NYS,...when it gets cold, I hand pump out the blue 3 season stuff and put it in a bucket,...I add the winter grade stuff, and put the blue stuff in the jug and label it.

this year I had so much 3 season stuff I put it in the windex bottles.


in the spring I reverse the process, with whatever I have left of the winter grade. which is cheap to buy right now,...like $2.00 a gallon, which is cheaper then buying the specialty little bottles to turn the blue stuff into true winter juice.

I have not diluted the blue stuff as directed in years,...sucks to have it diluted when we get a little morning frost in the fall and spring, and it hits the window just to make more frost.
 

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My front wipers were working but no fluid coming out. The back was fine. Changed the front washer pump and it still did not work so we took the wire off off the rear washer pump and put it on the front one. It works but you have to use the rear washer control. Cheaper than having to maybe replace the arm on the steering column. Never use the back one anyway.
 

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Thank you for this post

There is often a mixup on how to actually activate the washers vs the mist fuction. I don't don't how far back this issues goes. The mist function shows a diagram that 'looks' like it should be the washers, but in fact just moves the wipers for mist. This is on the little flap on the top. However, the actual washers function when pressing the button on the end of the stalk. I have to have this conversation about every two years with my wife when she asks to me fix the washers because they stopped working. This time I think I made fun of her too much. She won't forget now where to get the washers to go, but I also won't be seeing any attention anytime soon...

Tom
I'm new to my 2008 Outback and without this thread I would have been pulling on my little "mist" stick all day to no effect. I walked outside and yep it's a button on the end of the wiper control. Thanks, so glad I didn't get under the car and start cleaning contacts. :grin2:
 

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GOOD AFTERNOON.
I have a 97 Subaru Legacy. with 90,000 miles and I am having issues with the rear wipers not spraying. The motor does engage and the wipers themselves work. I have not found the container for the rear one, unless it comes off the front container. I have even used a pen to try to clear out the small hole. Any suggestions. I would love pictures too.
 

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GOOD AFTERNOON.
I have a 97 Subaru Legacy. with 90,000 miles and I am having issues with the rear wipers not spraying. The motor does engage and the wipers themselves work. I have not found the container for the rear one, unless it comes off the front container. I have even used a pen to try to clear out the small hole. Any suggestions. I would love pictures too.
It comes off the front container. Can you hear the rear pump engaging? Is it possible the lines could be frozen, i.e.- do you have washer fluid that has a lower freeze point than what the temp has been?
 

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if level is very low, the rear fails to spray before the front.
 

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OMG...i thought i was going to have to order a new pump because 'mist' wasnt spraying water...but then i just pressed 'wash' on the very end of the stock and it totally worked...thanks so much
 
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