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Old 11-11-2008, 03:30 PM   #1
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Default 2003 Saturn Vue Windshield Wiper ?

The squirter on my front windshield barely works. I thought I was out of fluid but found it to be full. When trying to clean the windshield it only squirrts out an inch or two which is of no help. The back works fine. Someone said it sounds like the motor. I would think it is were the motor no solution would come out. Any suggestions?

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Old 11-11-2008, 03:57 PM   #2
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Default Re: 2003 Saturn Vue Windshield Wiper ?

Could be clogged nozzles. Is there any debris or encrustation on the nozzle tips? You could try poking a sewing needle into the nozzle. That may clear up a blockage.

Also, you can access the passenger's side nozzle pretty easily. Remove the black plastic cover by taking out the plastic fasteners (note; pry up the center portion of each fastener with a flat head, it is attached to a small plastic rod that seats the fastener, then you can pull it out).

Have a friend depress the windshield washer button. If it has a weak stream, then your problem may be further downline. It could be the pump is clogged by debris in your fluid container. Rinse it out with a garden hose. You can also backflush the pump (kinda) through the detached passenger hose.

If your pump is good, and the stream to the windshiled is weak, you may be having problems with your nozzles. I had to replace both on my 03 VUE. They are about $5 each at the dealership.

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Old 11-12-2008, 10:41 AM   #3
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Default Re: 2003 Saturn Vue Windshield Wiper ?

Here's what I do, but you need compressed air. Raise the hood and find the union in the washer supply line near the reservoir - just pull the connection apart. Starting with the passenger's side, use a small-tip blow gun and blow air directly into the nozzle. You will see fluid being expelled from the open hose near the reservoir. Repeat on the driver's side. Now, to clear the pump and short supply line of anything that may be in there, just turn on the key and hit the washers to blow anything out. Re-connect the supply line and you should be done. I have to do this on my wife's VUE several times a year, and I have no idea why. It is what it is.

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