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I recently had HID's installed in my 2005 OBXT. I pulled the plug under the dash to disable daytime running lights (DRL).

Purchased it mid-October, so we've only had it a couple months. I THINK the windshield washer used to work, but I guess I can't swear to it.

My wife noticed the problem when she was driving it in cold weather around the holidays.

Are there any common issues with these or likely places to look for the problem? The reservoir is full.
 

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Antifreeze in the washer fluid? Also even with washerfluid that won't freeze - the nozzel on the hood can still get frozen and blocked up.
 

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I recently had HID's installed in my 2005 OBXT. I pulled the plug under the dash to disable daytime running lights (DRL).

Purchased it mid-October, so we've only had it a couple months. I THINK the windshield washer used to work, but I guess I can't swear to it.

My wife noticed the problem when she was driving it in cold weather around the holidays.

Are there any common issues with these or likely places to look for the problem? The reservoir is full.
The most common problem is that people forget that the spray is controlled by a button on the tip of the wiper stalk, rather than by pulling the stalk rearwards.
 

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You can hear the pump from inside the car, when tried, if not it's the pump, it's under the reservoir with a plug and a tube, it's easier to take the reservoir out of the car to replace, if you have a junk yard around I would try that first, I did got the tank,& pump for the same, just switch them.
 

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For some reason, I don't recall seeing these later replies.

I'll have to look again - it's entirely possible neither of us were pressing the button.
 

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The most common problem is that people forget that the spray is controlled by a button on the tip of the wiper stalk, rather than by pulling the stalk rearwards.
That was me. It works fine if you press the button.

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That was me. It works fine if you press the button.

:gasp:
I've related this story before : About every year some the first winter storm, my wife tells me the washers aren't working. I go out, try them, they work fine. I point out you have to push the button on the end, not pull. I show her the reason she's confused (it shows what looks like washer fluid for the pull-mist function, but really it's the button). After 7 years, I guess I made too much fun of this situation this winter, and I was in the dog house for a few days, but I doubt she will forget next year :)
 
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