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01-23-2005, 04:44 PM
Hey all...I'm an owner of a 2000 GrandAM GT Sedan. I've recently noticed my
passanger side windshield wiper is not spraying any washer fluid. The Drivers side does. Is there a motor in there that could be shot?? Thanks for your help.

01-23-2005, 05:13 PM
cause u live in NY, could it be cause its frozen?

01-25-2005, 07:00 AM
I would guess there is a bit of ice on the nozzle that doesn't spray. There is one pump that supplies all of the nozzles. The other possibilty which is more rare but possible is that the tube (or hose) that runs from the washer fluid container to the nozzle is leaking. If you follow the hose you should be able to find a leak if it has one. But first ensure the nozzles are clean and free of ice and snow.

01-25-2005, 07:02 AM
Mine did it the other day. Once the car warms up it comes out. Some of it froze on the tip and around the nozzle itself. Just let it thaw out and it should be fine...

01-25-2005, 08:29 AM
Mine did it the other day. Once the car warms up it comes out. Some of it froze on the tip and around the nozzle itself. Just let it thaw out and it should be fine...

Depending how cold it is it will not thaw out for a while. You may need to "help" it thaw by breaking off any ice and warming up the nozzle with your hands!

01-25-2005, 08:31 AM
Dump hot water over the nozzle and as much of the hose as possible. Wait 30sec and try them. Also make sure your using winter washer fluid rated for -35 or -40. Doesnt take long for windchill to make it that cold and freeze up the wipers and washers.

01-25-2005, 08:36 AM
windshield wiper is not spraying any washer fluid. lp.

Im pretty sure that the wiper does not spray the fluid and never will. jk though prolly what everyone else said soooo cold and maybe cover in ice

01-25-2005, 01:29 PM
My passenger side wiper sprayer just thawed after about a week in Windsor, Ontario. Today temp was only -7C. Its nice to have a decently clean windshield again. I used the -45C stuff from Canadian Tire. It was -45C Teflon and still froze.

Don't worry about your motor. The wiper fluid comes on one line and is split between the wipers on my 2001 SE. If one sprayer works, then ice is clogging the other.

01-25-2005, 01:50 PM
When it was so cold out, mine didn't spray at all because nozzle was frozen. If this is not the case, check those little hoses that is connected to wipers.

01-25-2005, 05:43 PM
Happens on my car when it gets really cold. Those little tubes tend to freeze.

01-25-2005, 06:29 PM
dont pour hot water on windshield wipers... especially when its like below 30 degrees... just had some girl birng her car into the shop because she did that and "they broke" lol

Mike Jung
01-26-2005, 04:00 AM
I spray some de-icer winter windshield fluid from a spray bottle (that was warm from inside the house) onto the 2-spray nozzles on each wiper.

& then drive around with the heat on full in the front windshield defost.

But BECAREFUL TO WARM-UP THE FRONT WINDSHIELD SLOWLY before blowing at full speed the heat on max; or you can crack/shatter your front windshield glass by shocking it with too much heat, too fast.

& make sure to fill the windshield fluid tank with winter rated windshield fluid with de-icer in it.

For people in Canada:
(the stuff that Infernall uses) The (from Cdn Tire) Motomaster -45°C winter Teflon windshield fluid is good stuff.
So is that Rain-X premuim winter de-icer windshield fluid good stuff.

Motomaster premium windshield washer with TeflonŽ:
Melts ice and frost.
Removes dirt and grime for streak-free visibility.
Reduces friction for a smoother, cleaner wipe.
Eliminates chatter.
Protects against windshield re-freezing.
Works up to -45°C.

01-26-2005, 11:38 AM
The Motomaster -45 C Teflon stuff also smells nice :)

01-30-2005, 06:31 PM
The washer nozzle on the wiper arm is a terrible design when it's cold out, my grand am's used to freeze all the time and my girlfriends sunfire nozzles are constantly frozen in the winter. Having the nozzle's on the hood where engine warmth keeps them heated is a much better design, although it doesn't look as good. Has anyone tried putting hood mounted nozzles on their cars? It seems like a fairly straight forward project.

02-01-2005, 10:08 AM
I had the RainX bug fluid in my car... didn't know it was only rate to +30 degrees. That's right... +30.

The tank ws frozen solid.

Replaced it with Prestone De-Icer as soon as it thawed.

02-01-2005, 10:26 AM
Not too many bugs to worry about in the winter. ;)

02-01-2005, 11:06 AM
Nope, but when you don't realize the temp rating sucks so bad, winter comes, and it freezes.

02-01-2005, 11:11 AM
Yeah that sucks.

I am not even sure if I can get stuff locally thats not min -40.

Mike Jung
02-01-2005, 05:30 PM
...I am not even sure if I can get stuff locally thats not min -40.
Yeah, sure you can.

It's called 'Bug Wash' or 'Summer Washer Fluid'.

In the summer, I like to use (from Canadian Tire) Motomaster Summer Washer fluid with Telfon.
It has a nice cherry scent to it.

The 'summer' washer fluid works better in the summer heat (won't evapourate as fast) & for washing off bugs.

But as soon as September comes: in goes some cheap -40°C blue washer fluid (so the tank won't freeze, it takes some time for the summer washer fluid to be diluted/used-up out of the tank).

02-01-2005, 07:48 PM
I also use the winshield de-icer, and spray it in the nozzles when they get frozen, works great!

02-02-2005, 08:48 AM
I use the pink rain-x summer wash in the summer and the yellow rain-x de-icer in the winter. Both maintain the rain-x treatment on the glass, whick I'm a big fan of, but the winter formula is great for many reasons.

The de-icer is great for getting rid of frost without scraping. When doing this with the regular blue, green or purple (teflon) wash, the stuff 1/2~ freezes again on the window, where the rainx one does not. It also rarely freezes in the sprayers, only on warm days when there is alot of water on them, which freezes late in the day when the temperature plumits. Its priced kinda high, but goes on sale 1/2 off throughout the winter, plus its priced the same if you buy regualr wash at a gas station.