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Screen washers(front and rear) not working

Screen washers not functioning ! washer bottle is full front and rear pumps can both be heard to run when activated however no water is being put onto the windows. For a while a little came out but then stopped alltogether. My main problem is knowing how to get to the pumps to check if they are functioning correctly and if they are how then is the best way to clear a possible blockage?

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  • wardywoo2708 Feb 11, 2009

    i thought it might be frozen at fisrt but temperatres had been above freezing for about 2 weeks before and during the pretty sure it a blockage early on in te pipe work but not sure of best way to clear it or how to get to the pipes in general. The model is a ford mondeo 1-8R R registration ( it wasnt listed in the models available)

  • wardywoo2708 Feb 11, 2009

    I shall go and have a look now and try what you advised.

    Thankyou very much for the advice i stupidly never just thought to just take the pipe apart at these ionts to see where the blockage might actually start .Probably though i would imagine its early on in the chain to stop both working at the same time ,im off to take a look ill let you know how i get on but once again thanks!!!!

  • Anonymous Feb 22, 2009

    i have a 2003 ford exp sprt trc, only 1 spray wrks.

  • Randall LaClaire May 11, 2010

    If both pumps are heard to be running odds are it isn't the pumps, and more likely a blockage. It would help to know what your current approximate air temperatures have been?

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    The front washer is fine. I don't hear a sound when trying to activate the pump.



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Quick test since you can hear pumps running: Open hood. Look for a rubber hose going up from engine compartment to underside of hood. This should split somewhere if there are two washer jets on your hood, or else they go to your wipers and squirt directly off them, right? There will be a spot close to where this hose leaves the eng. comp. and joins with the hood that uses a splice connector. You can disconnect the hose here with some wiggling, and hit the squirters again to see if water is at least coming out of this primary hose. Yes? Good then the clog is at the jet end, or squirter end. Use a tiny piece of wire, like a bread tie without the insulation, and poke into the hole of the jet and try to clear out the dirt, or mineral deposit, dried soap scum, whatever. Now squirt again. Should start to clear out, or use compressed air and blow through jet. If your clog is not at the squirting end, follow the hose down to the little pump at the side/bottom of your juice bottle. GOod luck, and don't use too much additive, it clogs easier. Also don't use tap water if you get a lot of scale from hard water. THis will clog, too. Good Luck, TT

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  • Patrick Dennehy Feb 11, 2009

    Rubber hose, look for a little rubber hose heading across the underside of the hood. This is the line to trace forward to the jets (sprayers) and back to the pumps.

  • Patrick Dennehy Feb 11, 2009

    Usually clogs at the very end (sprayer jet) but you never know. Let me know what you find. Glad you're on the way to getting to know your car better. TT



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