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    Washer fluid does not work ... is it the motor ?

    Hi all,

    My windshield washer fluid does not work all of a sudden and I have plenty of fluid in the container . Although the wiper arms work but the fluild won't spray?!

    Is it air in the line or do i have to replace something?

    thanks for any ideas.

    Johnny

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    Do you hear pump motor working when you pressed the wiper stalk? Did you check your fuses? Are your lines clogged?

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    thanks those are good checks ...

    I don't really hear motor ( never really heard before )
    didn't verify lines actually
    Pardon my ignorance and stupid question , where the heck is the fuse box again and which fuse can it be?

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    I've had the exact same issue some time ago, couldn't hear the motor running and the fuse turned out to be OK. I also checked the voltage on the harness of the motor and it was there too. I pulled the motor from the reservoir including the hoses, I have a variant btw with two fluidhoses making it a bit more diffcult, and removed the plastic top at side of the electrical connection.

    The motor can then be removed. In my case the small shaft was rustwelded to the housing of the motor caused by a small leak from the front seal. I cleaned it and checked the motor, all was fine again. I applied some grease on the motorshaft and put the fluidpump together.

    Still working for about a month. I had to remove the driver side blinker to gain access to the fluidpump on the reservoir.

    The fusebox is behind the panel on the driver side of the dash, I don't know the fuse number anymore.

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    wow... that sounds like quite a job

    I hope it's just the fuse but not sure where i can get a list of fuse connections in panel?

    Thanks

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    There should be a CC-style card on the backside of the panel outlining the different fuses.

    IIRC it was fuse #24 / 25A but YMMV (I have a Eurospec Passat).

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    I hope it's the fuse, else if you can send me some pics for this operation

    Or i will just bring to dealer .

    Thanks again

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    I don't have pics, check the fuse first. If the fuse is OK pull the harness from the fluidpump and let someone else operate the lever and active the pump while you measure the voltage accross both connecters.

    You'll have to pop the hood and remove the blinker. If you pull the connector from the pump make sure the pump stays seated in the reservoir otherwise you'll empty the reservoir.

    If you measure ~12V you know the problem is after the harness. If not, probably the relay.

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    Thanks.... you mean the blinker near the driver's side headlamp?
    Where exactly is this pump

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    One more question , is there a separate fuse for the wipers and the washer fluid motor?
    Cause my wipers work BUT, the wipers do not work when i pull against the washer arm though

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    screw wiper washers, they weigh you down, gut the whole car and run 7s. haha J/K

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    Yes, I mean the blinker next to the headlight on the drivers side. With the hood open you can locate the reservoir, white plastic reservoir with a blue cap.

    If your whipers aren't working when you pull the lever towards you i.e. activate the washerfluid pump AND whipers, there's something else going on. Might be a contact in the lever or relay (behind the drivers dash).

    My whipers DID work when pulling the lever but the washerfluidpump didn't.

    I have the wiring diagrams if needed.

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    OK I just verified the fuse for washer and it's not burnt. I think i may have another issue as my wipers don't even work when pulling back. This doesn't seem like a fuse issue as the wipers do work but not with the washer process.

    Anyways I think I have to make appointment with dealer because I don't know of anything else to look at.

    Ok please send those diagrams.

    Thanks

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    I can't seem to download the file ?

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    Right click / save as ?

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    I did that and after it's done ...the file doesn't exist? strange
    if it's not too big you can email me
    johnnyriv@yahoo.com

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    The filesize is 1.2 MB

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    try sending by email

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    FYI my passat is a 2002 GLX

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    I didnt read the post too much, but I see a lot of the nozzles getting clogged. Try removing the spray nozzle with a small screw driver and then try using the washer fluid. If it works then, u need new nozzles.... cheap from the dealer. When you get them, try blowing through them first. Youd be surprised how many new ones come clogged!

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    Thanks.... but why don't my wipers either work when pulling back arm.
    I think it's one issue that's controls both mecanisms ( wiper swipe and wash stream )

    Any thoughts ?

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    Is this the switch that could be the problem and not any motor as the wipers do work in normal operation, if so how to change?

    http://replacement.autopartswarehous...witch&dp=false

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    I have the exact same problem! The fuse looks fine and when I pull the lever nothing happens. I don't hear any noise and the wipers don't work when I pull the washer arm. The wipers work fine otherwise.

    How did you fix your washers?

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    It's the switch next to the steering wheel that has become defective ! It controls the fluid and the arm and the contacts have gone bad. Need to get a new one , no choice.

    Good luck

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    Thanks for the info. What's the part # for the switch? Your old link doesn't work. Is this it? http://www.carpartswholesale.com/who...a-9492830.html

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