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Wiper washer pumps do not work. I have 12 volt at the pump (1 side) and ground at the other wire .

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If it's the origional part from the van, because of where the pump is placed it tends to get sand and salt. Probably ready for a new pump and is not a costly purchace.

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Your not in a cold enough climate for it to be frozen are you? Can you hear pump trying to work? "click, click, noise from it?
Did you try tapping pump with a screwdriver handle or similar,while someone pushes wash for you? If pump making any noise at all, try taking the small hoses off from pump, one at a time & see if anything squirting. If it squirts, you've got plugged hoses or nozzles, try blowing them out if that's the case.

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