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Washer fluid does not spray onto windshield Inspection Service

Washer fluid exists to help you keep your windshield clean while you’re driving. It’s both a creature comfort and a safety precaution, as it can help you retain visibility if debris or other matter hits your windshield. Some vehicles let you know when you have low washer fluid, but there’s no warning light for a malfunction with the fluid spraying system itself.

Common reasons for this to happen:

  • Blown fuse: A fuse provides overcurrent protection to your vehicle’s electrical units, including the windshield washer spray. It is responsible for limiting the excessive current, so that electrical units receive the proper dosage of power. When a fuse blows, the electrical current is cut off to the intended unit, and it won’t work.

  • Bad switch: A washer fluid switch is just like a household light switch. When you turn on your washer fluid, the switch sends the signal to the pump. These switches can malfunction and become inoperable, and then your washer fluid will not be sprayed.

  • Broken washer pump: The washer fluid is sent to your windshield via an electric pump. This pump takes the fluid from the washer bottle, sends it through the tubing and up to the nozzles, where it is sprayed onto the windshield.

  • Leaky tubes or bottle: The washer fluid is stored in the washer bottle. If the bottle is leaky, you’ll lose all of the washer fluid stored inside it. When the washer pump sends the fluid from the bottle to the nozzles, it forces it through tubes. If these tubes have leaks, the fluid can be lost in transit.

  • Clogged tubes or nozzles: If debris gets caught in the washer bottle, it can clog the tubes or nozzles. The tubes are large enough that they rarely get clogged, but it can still happen. However, the nozzles, which spray the washer fluid in small streams, can easily get clogged by sediment, leaves, or any other kind of debris.

  • Washer bottle is empty: If there’s no water in your washer fluid reservoir, your windshields will remain dry. Depending on how frequently you use your windshield washer fluid, your washer bottle may have to be replenished regularly.

  • Frozen fluid: Most washer fluid sold in colder climates is a special solution that won’t freeze even in harsh weather, but fluids sold in warmer climates will normally freeze if it gets cold enough. Never run anything but commercial washer fluid in your car as anything else can damage the system. If your fluid freezes, simply run the vehicle for a little while until the heat of the car melts it.

What to expect:

A top-rated mobile mechanic will come to your home or office to determine why the washer fluid won't spray onto the windshield, and will then provide a detailed inspection report that includes the scope and cost of the necessary repairs.

How it's done:

The mechanic will first check the pump and switch so see if it is functioning properly. Next he will check the hoses and nozzles to ensure there is no blockage preventing the fluid from making it out of the tank. Once the problem is identified, the repair is usually very straightforward.

How important is this service?

You’re unlikely to do any damage to your vehicle by driving it when the washer fluid isn’t spraying. However, if you get a dirty windshield you’ll be stuck with low visibility, which can present a safety issue. Book a mechanic to perform a thorough inspection and resolve the issue.

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Peter

41 years of experience
1257 reviews
Peter
41 years of experience
Chrysler Crossfire - Windshield Wiper/Washer System Inspection - Scottsdale, Arizona
Showed up on time,very professional diagnosing my problem,plus explained what he was doing and next steps to complete my work
Saturn Vue - Windshield Wiper/Washer System Inspection - Scottsdale, Arizona
This is the second time I have used Your Mechanic and had specifically requested Peter for my service. I was once again impressed beyond measure by his customer service, knowledge about my vehicle and overall professional manner. Your Mechanic has been a wonderful option when I needed vehicle service and I highly recommend their services and if you're in the Phoenix metro area, Peter in particular.

Tien

21 years of experience
901 reviews
Tien
21 years of experience
Land Rover Range Rover Sport - Windshield Wiper/Washer System Inspection - San Lorenzo, California
I appreciate Tien's professionalism and knowledge. I was mislead by another mechanic, but he treated me with dignity and respect and resolved my issue. I will definitely schedule him again
Ford Taurus - Windshield Wiper/Washer System Inspection - Alameda, California
Tien was great and everything was done in the allotted time. This was my first time using yourmechanic.com and was a great first experience.

Chris

18 years of experience
402 reviews
Chris
18 years of experience
Ford Explorer - Windshield Wiper/Washer System Inspection - Portland, Oregon
Knowledgeable, professional and killer blue eyes. What more can you ask for in a house call mechanic? Diagnosed and fixed my issue in less than two hours. Very respectful.
GMC C2500 - Windshield Wiper/Washer System Inspection - Portland, Oregon
Helped me save some money by figuring out it was something else wrong with my truck. Good guy

Lee

17 years of experience
96 reviews
Lee
17 years of experience
Honda Fit - Windshield Wiper/Washer System Inspection - Richmond, Virginia
Lee was on time and friendly. When he discovered that the expected part was not where the problem was he identified the options for next steps that included some with YourMechanic and some not.

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