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Windshield Washer Won't Wash #4629569
01/09/18 06:01 PM
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Gebo Offline OP
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My windshield washer on my 2005 LS430 won't squirt RainX orange on my windshield. Reservoir is full, windshield wipers work, washer motor fuse 20amp is fine.

Please lead me down the diagnosis path....

Thanks!


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Re: Windshield Washer Won't Wash [Re: Gebo] #4629573
01/09/18 06:05 PM
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Deplorable in apple valley, ca
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Little squirters plugged up? Pull the hose off and see if it works.


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Re: Windshield Washer Won't Wash [Re: Gebo] #4629577
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Gebo Offline OP
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Good place to start. It's interesting in that they have been fine but we did had 2 degree temps last week. Very unusual in these Virginian
neck of the woods.


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Re: Windshield Washer Won't Wash [Re: Gebo] #4629580
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Lines frozen?


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Re: Windshield Washer Won't Wash [Re: Gebo] #4629581
01/09/18 06:11 PM
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That is very likely the case, I know with my wife's old car the hose was always coming undone as well.

Re: Windshield Washer Won't Wash [Re: Balrog006] #4629585
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Originally Posted By: Balrog006
Lines frozen?

Yep...Probably used the southern fluid. You'll have to clean them manually until it warms up.

Re: Windshield Washer Won't Wash [Re: Gebo] #4629587
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Can you hear the washer motor?


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Re: Windshield Washer Won't Wash [Re: Gebo] #4629589
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Lines probably frozen/clogged. My grand cherokee wouldn’t wash for a week or two during the really cold temps recently in Michigan. Brought it to get new tires and just being in their warm garage for an hour thawed it all and it worked fine after that...so far


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Re: Windshield Washer Won't Wash [Re: Gebo] #4629594
01/09/18 06:19 PM
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Do you have the cold weather washer fluid in there?

Turn the key on and have the engine off. Turn the washers on. Can you hear the little pump running? If not have someone else squirt while you reach under the hood and touch the little pump and see if it's buzzing. Might have just kicked the bucket.

Even regular washer fluid freezes here in Phoenix.


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Re: Windshield Washer Won't Wash [Re: Nick1994] #4629617
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Originally Posted By: Nick1994
Do you have the cold weather washer fluid in there?

Turn the key on and have the engine off. Turn the washers on. Can you hear the little pump running? If not have someone else squirt while you reach under the hood and touch the little pump and see if it's buzzing. Might have just kicked the bucket.

Even regular washer fluid freezes here in Phoenix.

^^^^^^^^
Dont do this test. Probably frozen. Wait until it the fluid thaws out.

Re: Windshield Washer Won't Wash [Re: Gebo] #4629629
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Gebo Offline OP
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Call off the dogs. They were frozen. It confused me as I used the -20 F orange rainx. It obviously doesn’t perform as the label says. They just unthawed 5 minutes ago. Wow!


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'00 LEX GS300 195K
'02 4Runner 225K
'05 Lex LS430 85K
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Re: Windshield Washer Won't Wash [Re: Gebo] #4629701
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Sometimes reservoirs will be more than a gallon, so if you have some of the summer blend or cheaper stuff in there, and add lets say 3/4 of a gallon, you may raise the freezing point by a solid amount.


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Re: Windshield Washer Won't Wash [Re: Gebo] #4629708
01/09/18 07:33 PM
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I've been adding about 3/4 cup of rubbing alcohol to the blue washer fluid in my reservoir for the past 2 winters. The fluid never freezes on me anymore even with the single digit temps we had here the last few days.

Last edited by fcjeep; 01/09/18 07:34 PM.

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Re: Windshield Washer Won't Wash [Re: Audios] #4629756
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Originally Posted By: Audios
Sometimes reservoirs will be more than a gallon, so if you have some of the summer blend or cheaper stuff in there, and add lets say 3/4 of a gallon, you may raise the freezing point by a solid amount.


That's it! I bought the car in Tampa 3 years ago. I very seldom use the windshield washer. I just filled the reservoir up and it only took about a cup and the mix looked bluish orange. Looked awful. I'm gonna drain it all tomorrow and refill. Yechh....


'98 LEX LS400 280K
'00 LEX GS300 195K
'02 4Runner 225K
'05 Lex LS430 85K
'06 Toyota Highlander 145K
'09 Lex IS350 85K
'07 Lex GX470 60K
Amsoil in all engines, transmissions and differentials

Re: Windshield Washer Won't Wash [Re: Gebo] #4629775
01/09/18 08:28 PM
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Just pour about 2 cups of vodka in the reservoir.
It will lower freeze point and will evaporate off windows quickly.


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