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Pontiac Vibe washer works on rear window, not front

When I try to wash the front windshield no solvent comes out and I can't hear the pump engage. The rear works as normal. The fuse labelled ''washer'' is good. Is there another fuse?

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    pull the pump connector and test it for 12 volts when the wash button is pushed.

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SOURCE: windshield washer does not pump fluid

The pump works off the same circuit as the wipers, so it would be same fuse. Most likely the pump is no bad.

Posted on Jan 31, 2009

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SOURCE: I have an 07 Pontiac

is it frozen? don't know the temp where you are , but here in Green Bay, Wi. we've had a run of this lately. if that's not the case, then the pump may be running but not able to pump, which will require replacement of the pump motor. good luck!

Posted on Jan 04, 2011

David-n-TN
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SOURCE: I have a 2005 Vibe.

Yes there is a seperate pump and a seperate reservor. Check the front resevor to make sure it has washer fluid in it. If it does then most likely the pump is bad or unplugged.

Posted on Jan 07, 2011

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