How to remove a 1998 Ford Taurus LX Windshield Washer Reservoir?
My 98 Ford Taurus will not spray windshield washer fluid onto the windshield when I press the button on the steering column. However the wipers will do four cycles as they are supposed to. I think the pump may be bad, and since they are only around $15 I wanted to take the old one out and test it. However, I cannot find any pictures or videos online about this. I know where the reservoir is, but the nozzle is sticking out of a sheet metal compartment that does not look removable. I think I may have to take the passenger front wheel off. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!
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A washer pump in a car's windshield wiping system moves washer fluid from a reservoir through hoses. The motorized pump pressurizes the fluid to allow it to be squirted from the hoses through nozzles onto the front and/or rear windshield of a car. The washer fluid helps windshield wipers get rid of rain, dirt, or other objects that can interfere with a driver's visibility. If your washer fluid is not being sent out when activated, the solution could simply be filling the washer system's reservoir with more fluid or cleaning the nozzles and hoses. In more severe cases, the washer pump may need to be replaced. Here are steps to troubleshoot a windshield-washer pump.
The hose could be clogged ! Do you know where you add the washer fluid ? Somewhere on the bottom of that plastic bottle is the washer pump .
Removal and Installation
> WARNING: Windshield washer solution contains methanol, which is poisonous. Observe all cautions and warnings indicated on label of washer solution container. Failure to follow these instructions may result in personal injury.
> CAUTION: When replacing the windshield washer pump be careful not to damage the rubber grommet.
> CAUTION: Do not operate the windshield washer pump before filling the reservoir. Failure to do so could result in premature pump failure.
NOTE: When installing the reservoir, the filler neck must be lubricated using a water-based lubricant.
Remove the bolt and the windshield washer reservoir filler neck.
Remove the RH fender splash shield. For additional information, refer to Section 501-02 .
Remove the foam filler and remove the retainer.
Remove the 2 screws and the accessory drive splash shield.
To install, tighten to 5 Nm (44 lb-in).
Remove the nut, 2 bolts and position the A/C accumulator aside.
To install, tighten to 9 Nm (80 lb-in).
Unclip the A/C lines from the inner fender well.
Drill out the rivet and remove the bracket.
Remove the 2 bolts, slide the windshield washer reservoir assembly forward to release it, and position the washer reservoir aside.
Install the upper bolt followed by the lower bolt, and tighten to 5 Nm (44 lb-in).
Disconnect the windshield washer tube assembly from the pump and release the windshield washer tube assembly from the washer reservoir.
Disconnect the electrical connector from the windshield washer pump.
Release the wiring harness from the reservoir, and remove the washer reservoir.
Find a heated garage, you need to thaw out he lines, or use a hair dryer if you can follow the line path. When working, drain all the fluid by holding down the spray button on the car. Go and buy he heavy duty washer fluid with the lowest freezing point you can buy and refill your washer reservoir with it. Don't add any water
Most likely you had water in the reservoir and it froze.
Remove the windshield washer reservoir and give it a good cleaning with a mixture of 1 part bleach and 3 parts water. You may be able to clean it without removing the reservoir by flushing it throughly and the cleaning it while still on the vehicle with the bleach mix. After it is throughly cleaned put a bleach mix in the reservoir and disconnect the hoses from the spray nozzles and run the washer until the hoses are clean. Use a needle to clean out the nozzles, and the connect the hoses and run the washer until the nozzles are clear. Remove the bleach mix and then fill the reservoir with a commercial windshield washer fluid. I recommend Rain X.
If you have used ANYTHING beside windshield solvent in you reservor, you may have created WAXING from soap in the bottom of washer tank, which clogs pump,lines, and nozzel....take the tank out and wash it..disconnect washer hoses at nozzel and clear with compressed air along with the nozzel...if you use solvent only you may have a worn washer pump or restriction...check those and good luck.....