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Question Windshield washer not working

Hi, following my introduction, here is one of the questions I wanted to post.

I noticed that when I try to wash the windshield pressing the command, no water is sent to the windshield. I can ear the pump working and the deposit has water.

Do you know what can it be?
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Had similar problem

Hi Luis, I had a similar problem with weak or no water coming from sprayers. I found the nozzles we constantly clogged. I would unclog with thin wire and problem would return shortly after. I disconnected the nozzles from the tubes and flushed a lot of fluid through the lines and got the same results after a short while. I figured there were contaminants in the reservoir. I decided to remove the reservoir to clean it out. When disassembling I found the factory had not fully connected the tube between the filler spout inside the passenger side finder and the washer fluid reservoir which was allowing grit and debris into the tank that was blogging the nozzles. I removed the tank, cleaned it out thoroughly, flushed the lines with high pressure air, reassembled making sure the fill tube is fully seated, adjusted the nozzles and never had a problem since. Hope this helps diagnose your problem.
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Hi Luis, I had a similar problem with weak or no water coming from sprayers. I found the nozzles we constantly clogged. I would unclog with thin wire and problem would return shortly after. I disconnected the nozzles from the tubes and flushed a lot of fluid through the lines and got the same results after a short while. I figured there were contaminants in the reservoir. I decided to remove the reservoir to clean it out. When disassembling I found the factory had not fully connected the tube between the filler spout inside the passenger side finder and the washer fluid reservoir which was allowing grit and debris into the tank that was blogging the nozzles. I removed the tank, cleaned it out thoroughly, flushed the lines with high pressure air, reassembled making sure the fill tube is fully seated, adjusted the nozzles and never had a problem since. Hope this helps diagnose your problem.
Hi Scooter65 and thank you very much for your reply
Looks like a complicated job since I don't even know how to get to the tank :/ I can't even see it!

Is there any photos, or kinda step by step instructions on how to get to the tank?
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Sorry Luis, I don't have any photos or step by step instructions. You might try searching the forums and see if there are any previous post with step by step instructions. I just fumbled my way through it. I jacked up the right front and removed the front wheel, removed the inner fender liner and stared at the assembly for a while. It is a fairly complicated system and should be noted the engine coolant circulates in a tube/coil in the tank to heat the washer fluid. I had to clamp off the coolant lines or they will leak coolant everywhere. I just kept removing lines, electrical connections and screws until I got the tank out. It was not technically very difficult but tedious and took a bit of time and patience. again, your best resource may be to search the forums and see if a more technically proficient (and better organized!) member has posted a detailed repair process for the washer fluid reservoir. You might search for washer fluid reservoir or tank replacement as well. Best of luck!
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You might diconnect one of the lines going to the windshield going to the noozle and see if water will come out of the line when you try to run the washer. If you get water then it is the noozles cloged if no water then it is time to do what scooter65 says on tank removal.
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You might diconnect one of the lines going to the windshield going to the noozle and see if water will come out of the line when you try to run the washer. If you get water then it is the noozles cloged if no water then it is time to do what scooter65 says on tank removal.
Sounds a good idea

Thanks.

I'll keep posting my progress on this.
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its been 4 years, any progress with them nozzles?
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Just to let you guys know I have not had another problem with the clogged sprayer nozzles after removing and cleaning the washer fluid tank and ensuring the filler tube was properly connected. I have been busy trying to keep up with repairs on my'99 but I am watching the interior crack, peel, break and fall apart before my very eyes. The leather on the river seat is now disintegrating, all the plastic buttons on the door sill plates are falling out and now there is a leak in the driver side hydraulic cylinder that moves the deck lid and is located in the rear fender compartment. If I raise or lower the top there is a fresh puddle of hydraulic fluid on my garage floor. I love this little car but she is an overwhelming repair money pit.
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