MY window washers aren't working. i checked the resevoir under the hood and it appears full. is there another resevoir? how can i tell if its just frozen?

Asked by Jan 26, 2013 at 01:02 PM about the 2009 Dodge Ram 1500

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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If it gets up in to a reasonable temperature during the day and they work then, they were just frozen. Otherwise the pump, I will have to look up to see how your Ram pushes the fluid, some are electric pumps, others air pressure. Just thinking back, they don't do it anymore, old VW's used the air from the spare tire to pressurize the reservoir and push washer fluid, Anyway the water/soap in the tank may be liquid but those small lines are prone to freezing even in relatively high, say only 25 degrees overnight. ordinary engine heat and daytime temps, unless you live where the high is 10 or something will thaw them. But that's what aggravates me, first thing in the morning when I need it the most to spray ice off the windshield, no go. I hate scraping glass. I am one of those guys you see with a little hole in the ice driving down the road waiting for the defroster to get the ice off. Anyhoo, let me see how your Dodge is propelled

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OK it's electric pump. Check fuse, and no there is no other reservoir. If fuse is good and it's not frozen, its a lot easier just to remove the reservoir on it to replace the pump.... its on the bottom side of it, this way you can clean the reservoir out before you replace the pump, they have been known to get plugged by crap that has gotten in to the tank, say if you forgot to keep the cap on

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If you hear the pump working, it could be a broken line as well.

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True, Danny. I didn't even think of that, The freeze could have broken it, or anything else too. dberenato see if it puddles on the ground when you try it parked..there would be no way to tell that while driving

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