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Wiper washer Hi I can't get my front wiper washer to work, I can hear the motor whining but nothing comes out. the rear washer does work. Any solutions?

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    Washer not working. Headlights and High beam are. two fuses for front two for rear. Possible for all or some of them to blow at the same time?

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You didn't mention any lost fluids so we can assume that no hapless mechanic has accidentally pulled any tubing loose from the supply. 
If, as in many cars, the path of the tubing connecting the washer fluid bottle to the jets on the cowl are visible, carefully pull one the tubes loose and have someone operate the washer to see if the pump is doing anything any more. You may be able to find the 'Y' junction where the tubes split off to feed the two jets.
The rear window washer has its own fluid supply and pump so is completely independent of the front.
If you find the pump working, then you will have to carefully poke a soft, small gauge wire, preferably copper, to try to clean the jets themselves. You probably have some small bits of something clogging the jets and it can help if someone is keeping the washer pump running while you try to clear them as the pressure will aid you.     
Worst case, the jets can often be replaced fairly easy and at a cost of a few dollars. 

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You may have a leak in the line for your washer fluid

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