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Old 05-07-2016, 08:08 PM   #1
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Default Rear Sprayer Coming On Instead Of Front Sprayer

Like the title states I recently I pulled the lever to spray the windshield and clean it off, but the rear sprayer turned on instead of the front. The wipers still come on, it's just spraying out the back nozel instead of 2 front ones. Anyone had this happen b4? Do I just need to replace the stalk?

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Old 05-07-2016, 08:11 PM   #2
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Try turning off the rear wiper, first.

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Old 05-07-2016, 08:23 PM   #3
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Try turning off the rear wiper, first.
It is off. I even tried fiddling with the rear wiper switch to see if I could get it to release back to the front.

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Old 05-08-2016, 12:13 AM   #4
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DIsconnect hoses from front sprayers and try again- maybe fronts are clogged.

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Old 05-11-2016, 07:53 PM   #5
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Well, I put another new pump in there (was just replaced a few weeks ago) and ordered a replacement switch assembly for the steering wheel. Neither fixed the problem. So either I beat the odds and got another switch assembly with the exact same issue or there is something happening with the switching at the plug end of the harness (two leads, 1 for front and 1 for rear. My guess is a polarity switching circuit like a rear view mirror switch). Anyone else have any advice?

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Old 05-11-2016, 08:39 PM   #6
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If the tubing to the front sprayers is clogged, anything else you throw at it will have no effect.

Prove they aren't before throwing more parts at it.

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Old 05-13-2016, 12:18 AM   #7
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If the tubing to the front sprayers is clogged, anything else you throw at it will have no effect.

Prove they aren't before throwing more parts at it.
I disconnected the hose right from the pump with the tank pulled out and up unto the engine bay so I could see it. Pulled the switch and out came fluid from the back sprayer still.

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Old 05-13-2016, 07:51 AM   #8
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New pump and switch and still same symptom leaves the harness.

Until it's figured it out, swap the tubing to get water to the front sprayers.

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Old 05-15-2016, 12:18 PM   #9
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Well, I put another new pump in there (was just replaced a few weeks ago) and ordered a replacement switch assembly for the steering wheel. Neither fixed the problem. So either I beat the odds and got another switch assembly with the exact same issue or there is something happening with the switching at the plug end of the harness (two leads, 1 for front and 1 for rear. My guess is a polarity switching circuit like a rear view mirror switch). Anyone else have any advice?
I might have missed info - but do you get fluid to windshield when rear washer switch is active?

If yes - the pump is wired reverse of conventional scheme.

Keep in mind the pump is powered by reversible DC motor - apply +12 and ground in one polarity to spray windshield and reverse motor polarity to spray rear window.

You mentioned having pump changed. Many aftermarket pumps aren't compatible with GM two pin connector which usually requires cutting and splicing of Red and Dark Green wires for new pump.

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Old 05-15-2016, 02:21 PM   #10
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I might have missed info - but do you get fluid to windshield when rear washer switch is active?..
Never yet.

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Old 05-15-2016, 02:25 PM   #11
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Keep in mind the pump is powered by reversible DC motor - apply +12 and ground in one polarity to spray windshield and reverse motor polarity to spray rear window.

You mentioned having pump changed. Many aftermarket pumps aren't compatible
If not a ferkakta, aftermarket pump, then, maybe a relay that controls the reversing you describe?

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If not a ferkakta, aftermarket pump, then, maybe a relay that controls the reversing you describe?
Front and rear washer functions are controlled by two mechanical switches built into the wiper stalk. The wiring is a direct path between stalk and washer motor and one of the two switches determine which way pump motor runs.

When either washer switch is activated it also provides a signal to BCM which activates the appropriate wiper motor for three swipes.

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Old 05-21-2016, 07:25 PM   #13
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I might have missed info - but do you get fluid to windshield when rear washer switch is active?

If yes - the pump is wired reverse of conventional scheme.

Keep in mind the pump is powered by reversible DC motor - apply +12 and ground in one polarity to spray windshield and reverse motor polarity to spray rear window.

You mentioned having pump changed. Many aftermarket pumps aren't compatible with GM two pin connector which usually requires cutting and splicing of Red and Dark Green wires for new pump.
When I replaced the motor the first time because nothing was spraying at all, it worked just fine at first. Then one day it just permanently changed to only activating the rear no matter which switch I used.

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When I replaced the motor the first time because nothing was spraying at all, it worked just fine at first. Then one day it just permanently changed to only activating the rear no matter which switch I used.


Have you used a genuine ACDelco pump - or an aftermarket pump? If aftermarket, buy an ACDelco pump.

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Any updates on this post? I have the same problem myself and can't figure out what is wrong

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