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Washer fuse blowing

Hi i have a saab 93 convertible 54 plate and the windscren washer for the windscreen keeps blowing a 30 amp fuse it works for approx 3 seconds and then the fuse blows. change the fuse and it does the same again. any ideas is it the pump

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  • Dan_007 Jan 06, 2009

    I have the same issue although I have a 2004 9-3 saloon 2.2TiD.
    I have no idea whether I should order a new windscreen washer motor and replace or whether there is another issue with it shorting somewhere.

    Naturally, being just after Christmas have limited funds to get it fixed!!
    Any help muchly appreciated!

  • LISA478 Jan 11, 2009

    I also have a Saab convertible 54 plate and have the extact same problem. Blows fuse after 3 seconds. Did anyone find the cause?

  • taylor600 Jan 13, 2009

    I also have the same problem with my 93 - the fuse keeps blowing. Dan07 had the pump gone on your car or was it just the fact that it was frozen that was causing the fuse to blow??

    Help appreciated

  • anon227 Jan 18, 2009

    I've had exactly the same issue, got head lamp washers too. The 30 amp fuse No 22 operates both headlamp and windscreen so I am unable to determine which of the pumps is failing....I am assuming from previous posts that there are individual pumps for both. I have had the problem diagnosed by garage, whom advised it was the pump/ motor...which one however i do not know. The cost for a replacement is circa £15 +vat. Only trouble is that there are no motors available in the country at this time according to SAAB UK, therefore we will have to wait until the next batch is manufactured, no timeframe has been offered. hope this helps. Until then lets hope it dont rain too much.

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    replace washer pump



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OK guys. How cold is it where you are, and do you have
1. headlight washers as well
2. The right mix of screenwash/ water for your system

If not, check that you washer bottle has not frozen, blocking the pump and causing a system overload.
Also, check that the headlight washers (if they pop up from the bumper) are not frozen to the bumper body (it doesn't take much - try warming them with a hairdryer).

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I have the same problem but with a twist, when filling the bottle it leaks out of the wheel arch so i then top back up only to find that it only takes about 300ml before its overflowing again.
Add to this mix the 30amp fuse blowing, could this also be the pump causing this problem, how easy is it to change and where is it.
Any help would be appreciated.

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I have sorted my problem by fitting a new pump (around £15) from main dealer (Southampton Saab)
It was easy to fit - just needed a few tools. I have since refilled the washer bottle with neat screen wash - which I will use until the summer when there is no cance of it freezing.

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Hi, Small Island was on the right line. For me, the issue was that the water had frozen in the water reservoir. I boiled a kettle and poured it into the water reservoir, left for a few mins and the issue was resolved. I spoke to someone from Saab who suggested that when it's really cold he actually uses the whole 5 litre screen wash tubs neat in the washers. He adds no water and thus no-longer has the issue.

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I belive you have a short circuit i that pump or on ane of the cables to it, as soon as you put it on it blow the fuse coz the power takes the wrong way.

Good luck to you

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This sounds like a problem with the control unit on the dashboard (the unit is fairl easily removable). Replacements are not too expensive but it would be worth getting a diagnostic check by a reliable SAAB agent first before you spend any money or blow yourself up.

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