Let’s say you live in a cold climate where the snowy, icy weather challenges you to clear the salt and debris tossed up on your windshield. You push your windshield washer switch expecting a good stream of fluid so the blades can wipe the glass clean. Yet nothing comes out. Nada, zip. What’s going on? You know you filled up the windshield washer reservoir within the last week or so.
Well, there could be a few things causing your windshield washing system to fail. One culprit? The hoses that are supposed to carry that fluid from the washer pump to the spray nozzles may be frozen, or maybe they’re cracked and leaking. It could be the nozzles themselves are stopped up, either iced up or jammed full of debris. Your windshield wiper/washer switch could be worn out or the electrical system may not be conducting power to the washer pump.
It’s important that this system work properly, especially on days when the sun may be in front of you and your windshield is covered with a cloudy, icy mess. Seeing what’s going on in front of you may be like trying to peer through frosted glass, and that’s not a safe situation for you or the drivers around you. You need to have this checked out by a technician as soon as you can.
Let’s say the technician discovers it’s not any of those components. Turns out it’s the electric windshield washer pump itself that’s failed. After replacing it, everything is working fine, and you can see again. As so often is the case with today’s complex vehicles, figuring out the root cause of a problem can be tricky. Rely on your vehicle service facility since they have the know how and diagnostic equipment to make sure your view of the road will always be crystal clear.