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Message posted by SymbolLife on 06/2/2014 at 7:09pm
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My windscreen washer is not giving me any water and not making the buzzing sound when I pull the lever back.

I thought it was empty so have filled it...then ive poked the nozzles with a pin.

Could it be a fuse gone somewhere?

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Message posted by Fiona W on 06/2/2014 at 7:59pm
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Try fuse first - cheapest option. If not that, I suggest the pump's goosed. Someone may have a trick to try to get it going again first, before you start haunting scrap yards.

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Pull the plug off the pump on on the washer bottle, put a 12v bulb across the plug contacts, get an assistant to operate washer, bulb lights? you have power all the way to pump, so you probably need new pump. If bulb dosen't light then you have to check connections all the way back.

There will be a fuse relating to it in the fuse box which you need to check but if fuse has gone then there will be a reason, probably because pump has failed.

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Boum Boum, there is your answer, but sometimes it may pay to get the bottle off and rinse it out with some very hot water, ie with time whatever you put in washer bottle it sort of becomes slightly brittle ie like( dregs) and as above it could stop the pump working, or it might blow the fuse if the pump is trying to push the water up the pipe but it can't because of the obstruction. Or it could well be the nozzles blocked

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Thank you , both. Will try suggestions tomorrow.

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12 volt tester

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Ah, Alpiner, we have a tester like that somewhere 'safe' in the shed! <runs off to throw things around in the shed>

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Use tester to check you have power going through to pump. If you have then get a new pump, might be about 20. Not familiar with yours but usally an easy replacement, just pulls out of washer bottle.

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Yes...its the motor gone. Although we have no mechanical or electrical knowledge. So it's back to my local garage Tue.

Message posted by mattlad on 07/2/2014 at 6:18pm
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You don't say what make of camper it is but I would suggest that if you can hear a buzzing when you operate the switch the pump is working. One thing to check for is that there is often a gause on the inlet to the pump which becomes blocked.

Screenwash can often turn to gel and cause low / no flow.

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Well don't let them charge you more than half hrs labour, its an easy job.

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mattlad, it's a peugeot boxer. There is no buzzing. Mechanic says motor and wire corroded but quick job to sort.

After my 'Cutting Out' post pre Christmas i'm not sure I can afford to be a unmechanical motorhome owner

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If you can learn some basic skills to do these small easy repair jobs you will save loads of money.

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I have a problem with my windscreen washer suddenly not squirting water on to the windows, there was three holes in the pipe with teeth marks. So far I have caught 6 mice in the engine compartment, hopefully that is the lot. I went to a cats home for the loan of a cat to stick in the engine compartment, but they were not that keen on the idea.
With all this wet weather mice are being flooded out of there usaul habitats, fields and hedgerows, and what could be more better than a nice warm engine.
Chap down the road had his fuel pipe gnawed, started his engine amd had diesel all over the engine.
So if your windscreen washers stop working check for mice.

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It'ss sorted now thanks.. 50 quid later. It was the motor.

If you have any tumble drier sheets put them around your stationary engine and inside your living area. The mice don't like the smell, apparently.

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