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Old 01-18-2013, 03:34 PM
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Smile windwasher issue

I filled my window washer with fluid ran the car and the wipers work fine but the windshield washer fluid will not spray..is it a motor or fuse issue or clogged orifices?..thanks 1998 740IL 115,000 miles
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Old 01-18-2013, 04:30 PM
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It's most likely just the washer pump that's failed - not a particularly hard fix, mine's dead too but I just haven't got around to replacing it. Check the guide here;

http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/182119

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Old 01-18-2013, 11:14 PM
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Does the pump run? Bit hard to diagnose from here. If the pump does not run check for power and earth at the plug. If it does run then check the hoses and jets for blockage. You needed us for this?
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Old 01-19-2013, 02:17 PM
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Its very common on all cars for a slime to form in washer reservoirs. Before spending on new pumps etc, check out the reservoir for clogged outlet filters. There is also a filter on the reservoir for the intensive headlight washer pump, which falls off if the pump is removed, so that unfiltered fluid can then block the headlight washers too....Its a very easy job indeed to remove this for cleaning/checking
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Old 01-20-2013, 02:28 AM
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Compressed air is very useful for these processes.
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