Washer fluid will spray out on to windsheild or on back window


Asked by Dec 10, 2013 at 08:40 PM about the 2008 Ford Escape XLT

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have fluid in the tank
wipers move don't hear the motor running that would spray the fluid..

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It probably needs the motor. Have someone operate the controls in the vehicle, with the engine off, and listen for the motor running. If you can't hear it running, it probably needs a Washer Pump Motor. I really doubt the washer pump by itself is on its own fuse, it's probably tied in with another system to avoid too much redundancy, but checking them all only takes a few minutes with a test-light and a fuse block diagram. Not sure on that vehicle but many have two fuse/relay blocks, one under the hood for the powertrain-related fuses and relays, and one inside the cabin for the accessories.

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ALSO: If you can access the washer motor (it will be somewhere at the bottom of the washer tank, usually in a corner, and pushes into it), you can always probe the connection with a test light and have someone operate the controls while you verify the light goes on and off. That way you know it's getting power.

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