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Old 11-28-2011, 12:46 PM   #1
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Default Windshield Washer Issues - HELP!!

Hello, new to this forum and I have an '08 XE with about 48K on it and it was empty with washer fluid for about a week or two. When I went to refill with fluid only the driver's side sprayer worked with very low pressure and the passenger's side did not work at all. I tried to pump it through for a good 3-4 minutes and nothing, I almost went through a half gallon of fluid.

I am curious if anyone else has ran into this problem and if so, what did they do to correct this? If the pump is bad, will it only come out of one nozzle? I would think that if one hose/nozzle was clogged that the other would still have good pressure.

Any suggestions and/or comments are really appreciated! I just don't want to go ripping off the liner on the inside of the hood or pay a mechanic a boat load of money if it is something simple. I live in Minnesota so I will need these to be working ASAP since winter is upon me and salt will be on the roads any day now.

Thanks in advance for any and all replies!!

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Old 11-28-2011, 01:42 PM   #2
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Check all the hoses under the hood to the nozzles. One may be disconnected or blocked.

Also check the nozzles themselves. May be clogged, try using a needle and poke at the holes.

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Old 11-28-2011, 08:10 PM   #3
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when in doubt, get the BFH out!

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Old 11-29-2011, 08:31 AM   #4
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I guess I'm not familiar with what "BFH" stands for.

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Old 11-29-2011, 08:34 AM   #5
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^And that was not intended to be a smart a** remark, it was sincere.

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Old 11-29-2011, 11:57 AM   #6
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BFH = "Big ******* Hammer"

Definitely not the tool you need for your issue.

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Old 11-29-2011, 03:51 PM   #7
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Highly unlikely... but have you been using -20F/-30F/-35F grade Fluids? Before and after it Ran Dry?

Curious if weather conditions might be at least some of your concern. Of course if this problem exists after you're engine/vehicle/Weather is warmed up.

Assuming a "standard" clog (non-weather/temp related)... Have you attempted to clean the nozzles? Either washing the nozzle heads and/or using some compressed air to unclog them.

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Old 11-29-2011, 05:57 PM   #8
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I just purchased the car in March and this is the first time it has ran dry so I am not sure what type of washer fluid was in there before. But the type that I put in after it went dry was the premium fluid, I don't recall the exact temperature ranges, but it was the more expensive stuff.

I have not had a chance to tinker around with the hoses or nozzles, I am going to try and use a tooth brush or a needle with some soapy water or vinegar and compressed air to see if it is in the nozzles or not.

I just don't want to have to tear apart the inside hood liner if I don't have to that is why I was checking to see if anyone else has had this problem on the Aura specifically. I'm used to trucks so BFH can actually work sometimes! :-)

But I am curious as to why there is no pressure if there would be a clog? If the pump is still forcing the same volume of liquid through the hose, one would think that if only one of the nozzles works, the pressure would be higher and would spray fluid all over my windshield, rather than just hitting the bottom 1/4 of the windshield. Does this make sense to anybody else? I figure it would be like the effect of putting your thumb over the garden hose nozzle.

Thanks again for all the replies and help, it is really appreciated and hopefully I can get this figured out before we get our first MN Blurricane!!

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Old 11-29-2011, 09:43 PM   #9
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BFH = "Big ******* Hammer"

Definitely not the tool you need for your issue.
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Old 11-30-2011, 10:37 AM   #10
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Suppose it depends on the Pump and Tubing Layout. It does seem likely you'd have more Pressure but if you've got some serious clogging... if the "thumb" is covering the hose enough, the "High Pressure" will be impressive but the flow will be restricted and you'll not have enough fluid to propel it very far.

I'll cross my fingers for you. While the vehicle may not be old enough... look for signs of washer fluid "deposits" at the Filler Tube (or Tank if it's easy to see... on the ION looking under the bumper or pulling the Headlight Assembly gives you a better view) this might give you some idea of what your pump/nozzles might look like in Miniature.

Use of Tap Water might show lime/calcium/rust deposits. Use of various Washer Fluids might leave gummy or crusty (usually colored) deposits. Or maybe you'll have a little of everything.

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Old 11-30-2011, 10:40 AM   #11
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Try putting almost boiling water in the reservoir...maybe the hot water will unclog it.

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Old 11-30-2011, 11:27 AM   #12
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Try putting almost boiling water in the reservoir...maybe the hot water will unclog it.
Not a bad idea... but maybe stick with HOT Tap Water instead of something you pull off the Stove. Don't need to melt your Washer System...

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Old 11-30-2011, 05:01 PM   #13
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Broe\ken nozzle. Remove the liner and you'll likely see the hose hanging with a piece of the nozzle attached to it. It's easy to fix with new nozzles. they are cheap plastic and destroy easily. Getting them out is easy. Hardest part is removing the liner.

Had same symptoms as you. This is what it was.

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Old 12-04-2011, 06:51 PM   #14
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Broe\ken nozzle. Remove the liner and you'll likely see the hose hanging with a piece of the nozzle attached to it. It's easy to fix with new nozzles. they are cheap plastic and destroy easily. Getting them out is easy. Hardest part is removing the liner.

Had same symptoms as you. This is what it was.
Just went out and investigated the wife's car, which was having a similar issue:

Both nozzles broken. The plastic was extremely brittle, like the washer fluid ate through it.

Anyone have the part numbers, or should my local chevy dealer have that?

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Old 12-04-2011, 08:01 PM   #15
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Just went out and investigated the wife's car, which was having a similar issue:

Both nozzles broken. The plastic was extremely brittle, like the washer fluid ate through it.

Anyone have the part numbers, or should my local chevy dealer have that?
Heard of that issue before. Seems to be a problem in freezing climates.

GM# 15247800

some generic ones here on ebay:

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=....c0.m270.l1313

Pinch the washer nozzle from the bottom side in order to release the nozzle and push the nozzle outboard from the hood to remove.

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Old 12-05-2011, 03:57 PM   #16
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I bought one from the dealer. $22 for 1!! And I bet it will break in 3 years. One thing I did was to attach the hose to the hood. At least it won't be bouncing around between the heat shield and the hood. Glued on those square plastic zip tie blocks to the underside of the hood, then zip tied the hoses down.

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Heard of that issue before. Seems to be a problem in freezing climates.

GM# 15247800

some generic ones here on ebay:

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=....c0.m270.l1313

Pinch the washer nozzle from the bottom side in order to release the nozzle and push the nozzle outboard from the hood to remove.
Thanks for the help. Replaced booth since they were all FUBAR. $42 bucks. Also it was 3 degrees when I was changing them (no joke, it's hitting 15 below tonight). Easy as pie to change, but i'm concerned I'll have to do it again in a few years.

Both were broken. The nipples were stuck in the rubber hose couplers, but they were deteriorated like they were made of charcoal so they just disintigrated and fell out using a key. Pumped the washer fluid a bit to flush any debris then hooked up.

Far and away the most difficult thing was removing the liner on the hood. I pretty much destroyed the little fasteners that hold the rubber strip on at the front.

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Old 12-05-2011, 10:37 PM   #18
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Thanks for the help. Replaced booth since they were all FUBAR. $42 bucks. Also it was 3 degrees when I was changing them (no joke, it's hitting 15 below tonight). Easy as pie to change, but i'm concerned I'll have to do it again in a few years.

Both were broken. The nipples were stuck in the rubber hose couplers, but they were deteriorated like they were made of charcoal so they just disintigrated and fell out using a key. Pumped the washer fluid a bit to flush any debris then hooked up.

Far and away the most difficult thing was removing the liner on the hood. I pretty much destroyed the little fasteners that hold the rubber strip on at the front.
21 bucks a piece for molded plastic. I'm definitely in the wrong business.

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Old 12-12-2011, 07:41 PM   #19
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I had the same problem (Passenger side nothing, Driver Side very little). The Washer Nozzle is probably corroded, broken off, and/or worn out. This was the easiest repair ever. Go to Chevrolet Dealer and request two new washer nozzles GM Part No. 15247800. I purchased them for $48.57 (including tax). Don't be tempted to to buy only one, this is no time to be frugal.

I would not recommend using any aftermarket "universal" nozzles, they may work, but why risk it.

Carefully remove the four black plastic buttons of the hood insulation (you will need to replace them when done, so don't rush and break them in a hurry to remove them).

Carefully bend the retaining tabs that are holding the edge of the hood insulation in place.

YOU DO NOT NEED TO REMOVE ANYTHING ELSE. The hood insulation will hang down from the front (like a hinge) allowing you complete access to the old washer nozzles and supply hose.

At this point, you will probably notice that the old washer nozzles are broken and the supply hose is hanging loose.

Using adjustable pliers, break off the old nozzles, they will probably crumble as they are brittle and old.

Install the new washer nozzles with a satisfying "click" as they lock in. I'm sure I don't have to tell you to be sure to install the new nozzles so that the hole is pointing toward the windshield.

Make certain that you use a scratch awl or other similarly pointed tool to remove any residue and debris from the old washer nozzle from the supply hose coupling.

With the supply hose hanging to the side of the Aura, turn the key to "ON" and press the washer button on the steering column to flush the supply hose of any residue and debris.

Next, attach the supply hose coupling onto the new washer nozzles.

Test, function and check for leaks with hood up and hood insulation loose.

Everything fine?

Reinstall the hood insulation by reversing the above procedure.

Fill your washer bottle with GOOD fluid for the appropriate season.

Close the hood.

Check your repair again (WOW, they really spray now don't they) and be happy that this didn't cost a fortune to correct.

Cheers,

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ROFLMAO - isn't that the truth!

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