*HELP* 2001 PT Cruiser Windshield Sprayer Not Working

Discussion in 'PT Cruiser' started by Tommy, Jan 4, 2004.

  1. Tommy

    Tommy Guest

    I hope someone can help me. I have a 2001 PT Cruiser LE that the front
    windshield sprayer isn't working. It was working fine up until 2 weeks
    ago. My washer reservoir had ran empty and I refilled it with blue
    fluid from Walmart. At that time, both the front and the back washers
    worked ok after I refilled the reservoir. But I just noticed a couple
    of days ago that the front one doesn't work at all now, only the back
    one. I looked under the hood and took the hose off where it connects
    under the hood to check and see if the sprayer itself was clogged and
    I couldn't get anything to come out of the hose at all when I tried
    it. Any ideas??

    Tommy, Jan 4, 2004
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  2. How cold is it where you are at? Did you use full strength "blue
    stuff" before you added the new stuff? It could have possibly froze
    in the hose and the new stuff can't get thru. If all you did was add
    new fluid and nothing else, I would suspect this. The earlier stuff
    may have been from Fall and not been full strength. GOOD LUCK
    Richard Benner Jr, Jan 5, 2004
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  3. Tommy

    indago Guest

    The washer pump motor runs in one direction for the front sprayers, and
    reverse for the rear window. Check to see that the pump motor is running at
    all for the front sprayers. There may be a loose connection in the wiring
    or a connector. Obviously the motor does run, so it is a matter of
    connections, maybe even the switch.
    indago, Jan 5, 2004
  4. Tommy

    Howard Guest

    you may still even be under the 3 year/36,000 mile warrantee

    ask DCM (the dealer)

    Howard, Jan 5, 2004
  5. Tommy

    Tommy Guest

    I live in Mississippi, so it stays above freezing most of the time.
    How do I check to see if the motor for the front is running? When I
    hit the switch I can hear something (the motor I guess) like it's
    trying to spray, just no spray comes out.
    Tommy, Jan 5, 2004

  6. This may sound crazy, and I'm not trying to be a wisenheimer, but have
    you filled the reservoir?

    I has been known for some owners to go for years without having to fill
    it up (because the service dept. does it) and then are shocked that it
    isn't a "continuous fill" item, drawing fluid from who-knows-where.

    It could be that the reservoir is cracked too and it all leaks out
    before you have time to push the button!

    dgates-at-keller - no - space - engineering - dot , Jan 5, 2004
  7. Tommy

    Punch Guest

    "dgates-at-keller - no - space - engineering - dot - com"
    read the original post again dan, the rear works so its not leaking out...

    its a clog in a line somewhere, I would disconnect the line near the motor
    and try again.
    Punch, Jan 6, 2004
  8. Tommy

    Tommy Guest

    Forgive me for ignorance, but can any of you describe where the motor is exactly?
    Tommy, Jan 7, 2004
  9. Tommy

    indago Guest

    It is noted, in the service manual, that the washer reservoir is at the
    right cowl, and the pump motor is attached to the reservoir. It is noted
    that the windshield wipers should be at the uppermost position before
    working on the washer system. Turn the ignition key to accessory position
    and turn on the wiper system. When the wipers are vertical, turn the
    ignition switch to OFF. Disconnect the negative battery terminal. Remove
    the right cowl cover. Remove the rear engine compartment seal at the cowl.
    From there you will find the retainers for the washer system. You can go
    from there.
    indago, Jan 7, 2004
  10. Tommy

    Art Begun Guest

    On one car that I owned it used a small backflow valve in-line in the
    tubing. It sometimes clogged or just plain failed and had to be
    Art Begun, Jan 7, 2004
  11. Don't know the PT but most vehicles have a separate reservoir for front
    and back.

    dgates-at-keller - no - space - engineering - dot , Jan 8, 2004
  12. Tommy

    Punch Guest

    the PT uses the same reservoir...

    the pump is part of the reservoir, and works in reverse when the rear wash
    is selected.

    Punch, Jan 9, 2004
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