Correct Windshield Nozzle Adjustment is critical for helping to remove dirt, salt spray or over debris from your windshield while driving. The nozzle jets provide the spray pattern for the windshield washer fluid. These nozzle jets can become clogged or misaligned. The result is your windshield washer fluid spraying where you don’t want it, or missing the windshield altogether.
Fixing the problem yourself
If the issue you are having is, no washer fluid is coming out, start with the simple things first. Ensure you have windshield washer fluid in your windshield washer reservoir. If you don’t, start by adding some. If it is still don’t work, listen for the windshield washer fluid pump. It makes a humming noise when it turns on. The easiest way to hear it, is to have the car in the on position (but not running).
If you don’t hear the pump it could be one of a fuel things: A blown fuse, a faulty relay, a bad windshield washer pump or a bad switch. If you are comfortable working on these systems, start with the simplest (a fuse) and work to the hardest (the switch).
What if you hear the pump, have fluid and nothing is coming out?
In this case, the likely cause is a broken windshield washer tube or connector for the windshield washer nozzles. Its pretty easy to diagnose. Look for windshield washer fluid that is is dripping under the hood. Sometimes, with the hood up, you can see the washer fluid spray through the leak.
Don’t see any leaks, but it still wont spray?
Its possible the nozzle jets are clogged. You can inspect the end of the nozzle jets for obvious debris. Applying a mixture of soap and water will break down dirt that may be stuck in the nozzle. Another option is to gently use a pick to probe and clean the end of the nozzle.
What if the nozzle jet isn’t spraying where it should?
Nozzle jets come in two varieties: adjustable and fixed. The adjustable style is aimed by gently moving the eyelet on the the washer nozzle. They should move easily and do not require a lot of force. Applying to much force can damage them. Before making adjustment, take note of where the nozzle is spraying. Try to aim the nozzle towards the middle of the windshield
If you have a fixed style washer nozzle and it is not spraying in the correct spot, you can try the following: Ensure the nozzle is fully and correctly installed. If it is, you should check to make sure nothing is obstructing the end of nozzle. If the nozzle is clean and installed correctly, you have a couple of options. The first would be to replaced the fixed style nozzles with adjustable ones. Depending on your vehicle, this may or may not be an option.
If you can’t install adjustable nozzles, you can add a shim to the windshield washer nozzle to adjust its aim.
Need professional help?
We are here to assist you with issues related to your windshield washer system. Its understandable that not everyone has the time or ability to fix issues with this system. We recommend that if possible, you schedule your diagnostics and repair with another service. Do so, allows to avoid charging a mileage fee.
How much will it cost?
Diagnostic services are preformed to find the cause of an issue. Depending on the system that is being worked on the complexity may vary. When preforming diagnostic services we estimate the amount of time it will it take. This information is presented to customer along with a price. The price is not charged, as long as the customer chooses to go forward with the repair. If the repair is declined, the cost of diagnostic service is still due.
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